The Springboks worked their way to a 24-3 win over the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium.
Visitors controlled the race as they dominated the collision battle, closing visitors as they struggled with execution and handling.
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The feeling from teenager Canan Moodie lit up the new Allianz Stadium, jumping high and sprinting away to give them a 12-3 lead at half-time.
The tests of Franco Mostert and Makazole Mapimpi helped seal the victory in the tense race.
The Wallabies will lick their wounds once again after physical defeat, losing Hunter Paisami and Noah Lolesio to a concussion while Taniela Tupou didn’t get a chance to appear after retouching her calf.
The Springboks dominated the match from the first whistle as they truly recovered from Adelaide.
They controlled possession and territory when the hosts soon drew the ire of referee Ben O’Keefe. This allowed the visitors to open the scoring in the tenth minute as center Damian de Allende made his way and scored under the goalposts.
It went from bad to worse for the Wallabies when block Matt Philip found himself paying ten for a professional foul in the build-up.
South Africa continued to hunt for points, but a big defense from the hosts threw back their efforts as they sought streak wins for the first time in 2022.
The hosts’ injury problems continued as Hunter Paisami left the pitch with a concussion.
The Wallabies have had possession of the 22 opponents only once in the first half, with Noah Lolesio taking the opportunity to add a penalty goal from the right front.
With the siren fast approaching, teenager Canan Moodie announced himself on the world stage, overtaking Marika Koroibete and sprinting off to put the Springboks up 12-3 during the break.
Dave Rennie’s men couldn’t avoid setbacks even while in the sheds with Taniela Tupou retouching her calf while trying to warm up.
The world champions pick up where they left off after the break, with flanker Franco Mostert closing a nice exchange between the defenders to extend the lead.
Half opener Noah Lolesio followed Paisami down the tunnel with his own HIA, falling to return when Jake Gordon was forced onto the wing due to the 6-2 split bench.
The ongoing nuisance flared up when Makazole Mapimpi dived for a corner to seal the match in the 70th minute
With Koroibete unable to repeat his heroic deeds from Adelaide, Mapimpi’s header on his fellow winger ignited both sides as the action nearly spilled over to the crowd.
Eben Etzebeth and Allan Alaalatoa were left in the throes of each other as the frustration of two tight matches exploded.
The winger earned a yellow card for his actions, but the try remained as the Springboks fled with the win.
Pete Samu scored a consolation try for the hosts when Willie le Roux was booked for deliberate landing.
In the end, the match was really out of reach for the hosts as South Africa won
“It was a disappointing way to start the game,” reflected Wallabies captain James Slipper. “Another week of poor discipline, we talked about it a lot this week and it’s the most disappointing thing, putting ourselves under pressure like that.
“It seemed we didn’t play rugby much.
“We didn’t fire a shot. We knew what kind of game it was going to be, great set pieces and set pieces, they just dropped bombs on us all night and we got stuck down there.
“We really wanted to create momentum (before Bledisloe) and that’s why I’m so gutted, we lost a game for our country.”
TESTS: De Allende, Moodie, Mostert, Mapimpi
AGAINST: Willemse 1/3, Steyn 1/1
LOSS OF GOAL: le Roux 0/1
PENS: Lolesio 1/1
Australia: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Substitutions: 16 David Porecki, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 Andrew Kellaway.
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Substitutions: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Duane Vermeulen, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Warrick Gelant.
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Tual Trainini (France)
TMO: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)