Saturday, August 10, 2019

THE Rugby Championship: SA Table

Last Round

THE Rugby Championship - Round 3

Australia proved decisively that they could win without the support of Israel... Folau, not the nation, as Wallabies topped All Blacks in Perth by the largest margin ever at home. The outspoken evangelist has been benched for life; Kurtley Beale - who it appears can slot anywhere in the three-quarters - filled the former Aussie fullback’s sizable shoes well and truly in Perth as flyer Reece Hodge nailed a brace and pivot, Chris Lealiifano, copped 13 in a bit more than an hour before being replaced by Matt Toomua. Aussie were ahead by four, 16-12, at time in the first half when, captain Michael Hooper, driving for goal took a forearm on the back of the neck from All Blacks lock, Scott Barrett, as Hooper went to ground; a red card offense and unintentional though it was, letter of the law states head hits require that sanction and the Men of Oz opened up their 14-man, cross-Tasman rivals like a tin of sardines in the second stanza, outpointing New Zealand by a Lealiifano penalty and a brace of groundings, one by Beale just before time, as Australia went on to victory, 47-26, at the Optus way out West.

South Africa claimed THE RC hardware in Salta, South America after a 46-13 bashing of Argentina that vaulted Springboks over Australia on the RC table. Handré Pollard counted 31 points in a performance that surely earned the standoff the SA 10 starting jersey for the first round of 2019 RWC and the ‘Boks come-to-BeJesus date with New Zealand on September 21, the RugbyDay, at the International Stadium in Yokohama.

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