Wallabies and Springboks play to a second stalemate
By: Michael Tozer
Published: 01 October 2017 Image credit: Getty Images
A month after playing to a dramatic draw - Australia and South Africa again could not be split after 80 minutes, finishing with a 27-all draw in Bloemfontein.
Much like the clash in Perth, the Springboks were given a chance to seal victory from the boot of flyhalf Elton Jantjies - but a missed penalty in the 79th minute allowed Australia to survive.
Australia were boosted by a Man of the Match performance from Kurtley Beale - who terrorised the Springbok defense, making a couple of key breaks for his side and leading the Wallaby attack.
Another star in the green and gold was Rugby League convert Marika Koroibete - who scored two tries in his first start as a Wallaby, and providing many strong runs throughout the game.
Israel Folau also continued his strong form in 2017 - scoring his 11th try for Australia when he crossed over for the first try of the contest in the 10th minute and giving the Wallabies an early 7-0 lead.
Bernard Foley was also influential early - as he played a hand in the Folau try, as well as linking up with Koroibete for both of his tries on the evening.
The Springboks pulled even minutes later from Ruan Dreyer crashed over from close range to score his sides only try of the opening half and lock things up at 7-7.
South Africa flew out of the gates in the second half when Jan Serfontein crashed over in the 43rd minute - but Australia were quick to respond when Marika Koroibete scored his first try only 3 minutes later.
The pace picked up in the second half - as the Springboks scored their second try of the half in the 49th minute when Courtnall Skosan rumbled down the left flank and sliced through the Wallaby defense to give his side a four-point lead.
But the Springboks had no answer for Koroibete, who scored his second in the 56th minutes after latching on to a beautiful cutout ball from Foley to score in the left corner and snatch the lead back for the Wallabies, leading by 3 after Foley slotted the extras.
Jantjies then stepped up for South Africa in the 70th minute to convert a long-range penalty and lock up the scores - setting up a grandstand finish, where both sides took the game into their own hands with enterprising play, but neither side could break the deadlock.
In the 78th minute - it looked as though the Springboks would steal a victory when Koroibete conceded a penalty in a last-ditch attempt to wrap up Skosan tearing down the left wing.
But it was not to be, as Jantjies pushed his attempt to the right of the posts, giving the Wallabies one final chance to snag a win on the road...but a Nick Phipps error ended the night in a draw.
Tries: Folau, Koroibete 2
Cons: Foley 3
Pens: Foley 2
Tries: Dreyer, Serfontein, Skosan
Cons: Jantjies 3
Pens: Jantjies 2