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Australia beat South Africa in dramatic Brisbane clash


Australia beat South Africa in dramatic Brisbane clash


Australia beat South Africa 24-20 in their opening clash of the Rugby Championship.

The Wallabies clinched the victory in Brisbane after a television match official awarded Tevita Kuridrani the winning try.

Australia, who were playing their first home game under new head coach Michael Cheika, appeared headed for defeat when the visiting Springboks took a 20-7 lead with tries from Eben Etzebeth and Jesse Kriel.

But a final quarter resurgence led by former captains David Pocock and James Horwill put Australia back in the game.

New Zealand beat Argentina 39-18 in their Championship opener on Friday.
All four teams return to action on Saturday, 25 July, with South Africa hosting the All Blacks before Australia’s game in Argentina.

This year’s tournament is reduced to three rounds because of the Rugby World Cup in England in September.

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