South Africa 43 – 12 Australia

wing Kurt-Lee Arendse (three), Peter-Steph Du Toit, two penalty tries lead South Africa to a Rugby Championship victory over Australia at the Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria; Manny Liebok added nine points with the boot; Marika Koroibete, Carter Gordon scored tries in Wallabies defeat

Last Updated: 08/07/23 8:19 PM


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Highlights of the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Australia in Pretoria.

Highlights of the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Australia in Pretoria.

Kurt-Lee Arendse’s hat-trick helped South Africa kick off their 2023 Rugby Championship campaign with a comfortable 43-12 win over a scrappy Australia at Loftus Versfield, live on Sky Sports.

Starting the shortened three-week Rugby Championship format in Pretoria, Arendse scored three of the Springboks’ six tries, as they also forced two penalty tries and a late Peter-Steph du Toit try.

There were both clear decisions for referee Ben O’Keeffe when Wallabies hooker Dave Porecki downed a close-range rolling maul, and wing Suliasi Vunivalu was deliberately knocked over a pass meters from his own try-line.

South African winger Kurt-Lee Arendse scored a hat-trick as his side thrashed Australia 43–12 in the Rugby Championship.

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South African winger Kurt-Lee Arendse scored a hat-trick as his side thrashed Australia 43–12 in the Rugby Championship.

South African winger Kurt-Lee Arendse scored a hat-trick as his side thrashed Australia 43–12 in the Rugby Championship.

South Africa – Attempts: Arendse (16, 30, 51), penalty attempts (54, 69), Peter-Steph du Toit (75). Cons: Libok (17, 31, 76). Pen: Libok (14).

Australia – Tries: Koroibete (8), Gordon (80+1). Cons: Gordon (80+3).

Australia actually touched wing Marika Koroibte with the opening try, but Eddie Jones’ team were poor after that and finished firmly in second place, scoring a consolation through replacement Carter Gordon in the final game.

The Springboks chose a largely experimental side for the clash in view of the following week’s travel to New Zealand to face the All Blacks, and passed up their first chance for points in the fourth minute when fly-half Liebock fired from short range. Kicked the penalty from.

Four minutes later the Wallabies struck first through Koroibete as Australia mounted a spectacular counter-attack through their back division. Hodge hit the difficult conversion wide, while the Boks narrowed the deficit to two points shortly after through the boot of Liebok.

Australia's Marika Koroibete scored on her opening attempt in the Test but finished second comfortably

Australia’s Marika Koroibete scored on her opening attempt in the Test but finished second comfortably

A minute later, South Africa scored their first try through Tej Arendse as an attack built through Willie Le Roux and Canon Moody left Australia split, before mishandling of the ball in the 22 Really worked in SA’s favour: bounce back for the hosts to exploit the wide space.

Australia co-captain Michael Hooper forced center Reece Hodge to attempt a penalty from halfway through with a breakdown penalty, but he hit wide, and things got worse for the visitors on the half-hour mark when Arendse scored Throws a beautiful ball down the touchline. Bongi Mobonambi Pop Pass.

Liebok made a stunning conversion to lead 17–5, but with Australia returning playmaker Quade Cooper struggling to influence proceedings, the Wallabies were firmly on the backfoot as they held on without scoring again , only to be ruled out for a probing effort on the left. Wrong call by referee O’Keeffe in front of the kicker just before half-time.

Arendse completed his hat-trick with a fine finish in the second half

Arendse completed his hat-trick with a fine finish in the second half

Just 10 minutes into the second half, Arendse’s hat-trick was completed as Lukanyo M passed to Andre Esterhuizen after the center and Du Toit made a powerful display to meter into the lead-up, with Arendse scoring Finishing brilliantly.

On 55 minutes, the result was put beyond doubt as Australia’s hooker Porecki was penalized for bringing down a Springbok rolling maul too close to his own try-line, awarding a sin-bin and a penalty try.

The visitors almost won again when Wing Vunivalu gained possession outside his own 22, with Libok heading for a gift. However, upon review with the TMO, the score was correctly ruled out for a du Toit knock-on in the tackle.

Ben O'Keeffe awarded two penalty tries and sin-binnings in the contest against Australia

Ben O’Keeffe awarded two penalty tries and sin-binnings in the contest against Australia

Further points were to come when Vunivalu denied Arendse a potential fourth try, bringing the ball down in a clear act of foul, with the wing sin-bind.

Things were too easy for du Toit and company to score a sixth try, as the impressive back line needed only to take and land on the try-line with the Wallabies increasingly looking like a feeble resistance.

Pieter-Steph du Toit scored South Africa's sixth try in the competition

Pieter-Steph du Toit scored South Africa’s sixth try in the competition

Gordon and Coroibete combined for a length of the field score with the red clock running out, but that didn’t make the end result too one-sided, giving Jones and company plenty to reflect on after a disappointing performance.

rugby championship fixtures and results 2023

  • Round 1: South Africa 43-12 Australia – Saturday, 8 July
  • Round 1: Argentina v New Zealand – Saturday, 8 July – 8.10pm Sky Sports Action (GMT)
  • Round 2: New Zealand v South Africa – Saturday, 15 July – 8.05am Sky Sports Action (GMT)
  • Round 2: Australia v Argentina – Saturday, 15 July – 10.45am Sky Sports Action (GMT)
  • Round 3: Australia v New Zealand – Saturday, 29 July – 10.45am ET (GMT) Sky Sports Action
  • Round 3: South Africa v Argentina – Saturday, 29 July – 4.05pm Sky Sports Action (GMT)

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