South Africa ran five tries past the Wallabies in their opening Rugby Championship encounter at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening in a dominant 35-17 victory.
Debutant, Herschel Jantjies opened the scoring in the 11th minute after a Springbok turn over. Australia fought back but Lukhan Salakaia-Loto saw a try disallowed as Australia after TMO reviewed a forward pass in the try build-up. The Wallabies were handed a boost when Andre Esterhuizen was sent to the sin bin after 20 minutes for a high tackle on Tom Banks but however couldn’t utilize the opportunity as South Africa ran another try through lock Lood De Jager. Australia hit back through Dane Haylett Petty to go in 14-10 down at the break.
In the second-half Taniela Tupou’s dangerous shoulder charge into Rynhardt Elstadt during a ruck reduced Australia to 14 men soon after, and South Africa wasted little time in capitalizing scoring 14 points through Nkosi and Jantjies who helped himself to a second try. Cobus Reinach’s try after the buzzer ensured a bonus point for the Springboks. Flyhalf Elton Jantjies had a perfect outing with the boot as he converted all five tries.
The Springboks will be back in action on Saturday 27 July in Wellington, when they play cup holders New Zealand while Australia host Argentina.
South Africa 35(14)
Tries: Herschel Jantjies (2), Lood De Jager, S’busiso Nkosi
Conversions: Elton Jantjies (5)
Tries: Dane Haylett-Petty, Kurtley Beale
Conversions: Bernard Foley (2)
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds
15 Tom Banks , 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nic White, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper
Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 Kurtley Beale