Australia Take Tri-Nations Opener – Australia 39-20 South Africa

The Wallabies had the perfect start to the Tri-Nations with a satisfying win against a second string Springboks side. Australia led 15-6 at half-time and went out to a 19 point lead before the usual round of changes disrupted the flow and allowed South Africa to come back for the fianl score of:

Australia 39-20 South Africa


Australia: Tries: Alexander, Ioane, O’Connor, Moore, Ashley-Cooper Cons: O’Connor 4 Pens: O’Connor 2
South Africa: Tries: Ralepelle, Smith Cons: Lambie 2 Pens: Steyn 2


Australia: Kurtley Beale; James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom, Ben McCalman. Replacements: Saia Fainga’a, Pek Cowan, Nathan Sharpe, Matt Hodgson, Scott Higginbotham, Nick Phipps, Anthony Fainga’a.

South Africa: Gio Aplon; Bjorn Basson, Juan de Jongh, Wynand Olivier, Lwazi Mvovo; Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar; Werner Kruger, John Smit, Dean Greyling, Johann Muller, Flip van der Merwe, Danie Rossouw, Deon Stegmann, Ashley Johnson. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, CJ van der Linde, Alistair Hargreaves, Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Adrian Jacobs, Patrick Lambie.