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Australia hold on to beat Springboks and snap losing streak

Australia hold on to beat Springboks and snap losing streak
Rugby Union - Rugby Championship - Australia vs South Africa - Lang Park, Brisbane, Australia - September 8, 2018 - Australia's Will Genia runs with the ball. AAP/Darren England/via REUTERS   -   Copyright  STRINGER(Reuters)
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia overturned a narrow halftime deficit to grind out their first victory of the Rugby Championship with a tight 23-18 win over South Africa at Lang Park in Brisbane on Saturday.

Two Matt Toomua penalties after the break added to the centre’s first-half try and one from his captain Michael Hooper to give the Wallabies their first win in five matches after back-to-back losses to Ireland and New Zealand.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi and winger Makazole Mapimpi had helped to give South Africa an 18-17 lead at the break but they were held scoreless in the second half to slump to a second successive defeat after a loss to Argentina last time out.

The Springboks pressed hard for what would have been a match-winning try over the final few minutes but the home side held them off with a huge defensive effort.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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