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Aussies Bounce Back To Trounce Springboks

Wallabies put Samoan defeat firmly behind them

Posted Jul 27, 2011 by Chris White

Australia were celebrating again this week

After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Samoa the previous week, Australia bounced back in true Aussie style to hand out a beating of their own on the injury-hit South Africans, winning 39-20 in the opening match of this year’s Tri-Nations.

Inside the opening twelve minutes of the contest at the Telstra Stadium, Australia had crossed the line twice, with Ben Alexander and Digby Ioane touching down. 14 second half points from James O’Connor were key in the Australian victory, particularly with two penalties from Morne Steyn that began to close the gap.

Stephen Moore also crossed for the Wallabies, who were looking almost back to their dominant best against Pieter de Villiers’ side, who were featuring a number of fringe players and debutants after being decimated by injuries in recent weeks. Chilliboy Ralepelle and John Smit did touch down for the Springboks, but they never looked like overturning what was already a significant deficit.

South Africa will be hoping for a good week in terms of the fitness of those who missed out against the Australians, as they have possibly an even bigger test this weekend, against World Cup hosts New Zealand.

Line-Ups:
Australia: 15 Beale, 14 O’Connor, 13 Ashley-Cooper, 12 McCabe, 11 Ioane, 10 Cooper, 9 Genia; 1 Alexander, 2 Moore, 3 Kepu, 4 Horwill, 5 Simmons, 6 Pocock, 7 Elsom, 8 McCalman.

South Africa: 15 Aplon, 14 Basson, 13 de Jongh, 12 Olivier, 11 Mvovo, 10 Steyn, 9 Pienaar; 1 Kruger, 2 Smit, 3 Greyling, 4 Muller, 5 van der Merwe, 6 Rossouw, 7 Stegman, 8 Johnson.

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