The tears rolling down Johan Goosen’s face during the South African national anthem set the stage for a captivating 31-8 Springbok victory over a Wallaby side who endured on-going injuries throughout the match.
5 tries were run in, with star-winger Bryan Habana picking up a hat-trick for South Africa. Zane Kirchner and Francois Louw also found themselves over the white-wash.
The talk of the town, however, was that of Johan Goosen, who made his first test start, and despite missing the first penalty, looked at home in the number 10 jersey as he took the ball flat and created space for the outside backs, not to mention having a breath-taking break of his own.
Kirchner opened the try scoring for the Boks, by crashing over on the right side after some slick hands.
Louw managed to barge through the Wallabies defense from a solid driving maul; and Habana was on the end of a Pienaar offload for his first try.
Habana’s second came from a sharp-thought quick lineout from himself to Andries Strauss, with Habana looping around and recieving the pass to race away under the posts.
His third try came towards the end of the match, where some great hands from Bok debutant Elton Jantjies, who linked up with Fancois Louw, and the flanker eventually threw a dazzling pass to put Habana away in the right corner.
Pienaar was also one of the standout performers, slotting crucial conversions, distributing wide and taking a lot of pressure off of Goosen with some quick clearances.
The Wallabies did find something to smile about when Kurtley Beale used his fancy footwork and quick hands to put Mike Harris over the Bok tryline.
Springboks – Tries: Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana (3), Francois Louw. Conversions: Ruan Pienaar (3).
Australia – Try: Mike Harris. Penalty: Kurtley Beale.