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Three Defeats From Three For Springboks
South Africa still winless in this year's Tri Nations
Posted Aug 18, 2011 by Chris White
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The Springboks suffered their second defeat to Australia, going down 14-9 in Durban despite recalling a number of their top players following injuries and rest periods, but they still couldn’t make it across the whitewash and face the ominous looking New Zealand this weekend before getting their World Cup campaign under way against Wales, who beat England 19-9 in Cardiff, on 11th September.
Pat McCabe forced his way over the try line for Australia to put the Wallabies in front, and despite O’Connor missing the conversion, he did manage two more penalties in the final 20 minutes to secure the win.
South Africa’s final game of the Tri-Nations is on Saturday against Graham Henry’s All Black side in Port Elizabeth, and a strong performance could be all they need to take to the World Cup.
The Kiwis have already announced that they will be resting several key players, including captain Richie McCaw and fly-half Dan Carter so the Springboks could face a slightly weakened opposition this weekend.