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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

South Africa were outplayed again by the Wallabies

South Africa’s World Cup preparations are going from bad to worse at present as the already injury ravaged squad suffered their third defeat in three matches in this year’s Tri-Nations.

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.

In a scrappy first half with little action, penalties from Francois Steyn and Butch James had South Africa 6-3 in front at the break, with James O’Connor getting the visitors on the scoreboard.

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.

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