Springboks beat visiting Wallaby in tri-nations match

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Springboks beat the Australian rugby World champions 20-15 in a tri-nations match played Saturday at Minolta Loftus stadium in Pretoria.
Still smarting from last week's 3-12 defeat at the hands of Newzealand's All Blacks, the Springboks came out blazing.
They piled on the pressure in the early minutes, retaining possession and were awarded a penalty, scored by kicker Braam van Straaten.
The World champions seemed a pale shadow of the side that beat the British and the Irish last weekend.
But the Springboks needing the win more than their opponents went about the task with a new-found discipline.
Their passes were quicker and better, and the handling more confident, with the backline holding its own.
By half time the Springboks were 14-0 up.
The Australians attempted a come-back in the second half registering some points.
Fullback Mathew Burke, the most capped Wallaby found the target with his boot.
But he missed a couple of other kicks conceding defeat in "the battle of the boot" to the young Van Straaten, who scored all the five penalty kicks he took.
The only Try in the game was scored by Springboks' captain Bob Skinstad.
Conrad Jantjes, who replaced Percy Montogomery at fullback rewarded his coach Harry Viljeon with a disciplined performance.
Springboks' next tri-nations games are in Perth and Auckland.

28 july 2001 19:04:00

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