Live: Wallabies v Springboks

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Full-time: One final scrum, with a Wallabies feed in the hands of Nick Phipps, and it’s all over. Australia win. Genia on crutches in the post-match interview. “It’s about the team, mate,” he says. “It’s a credit to the whole group. We all put in.”
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78th minute: Last chance for the Boks – they kick for the line after a penalty. Maul breaks apart and now they’re increasingly desperate. But so is the Wallabies’ defence.

76th minute: Cooper goes the chip kick but this time it seemed a good option, especially given the fatigue level late in the match. Nonetheless, it goes astray. Highlights now showing Shipperley’s runs. A good debut.

75th minute: Back-slaps all round among the Wallabies forwards for some big tackles. They bring the Boks forwards to a standstill and force the error.

72nd minute:  Boks throw it around and the ball gets tied up on the ground. Australia penalised. Replacement Goosen kicks for touch. Robinson on for Alexander.

71st minute: Barnes converts. Genia off with what appeared to be a knee injury. Now Barnes is hobbling. Mike Harris finally replaces him. Wallabies can scarcely afford more injuries.

69th minute: Ben Alexander try! A 15 metre run. He gets budled over in the corner thanks to some friendly oomph from his teammates. It came straight from a Cooper pass and the defence held off Alexander. Mvovo in particular culpable. Poor replacement.

68th minute: Owens gives the skippers Genia and De Villiers a schoolmarmish talking-to. Too many offenses. Too much whistle-blowing. Any more and someone will be marched.

66th minute: Now one goes the other way. Morne Steyn has a chance to level the scores after Saia Fainga’a was penalised. Too easy.

63rd minute: The Wallabies and the crowd energised by the try, their first in something like five halves of Test football. Now a penalty against the Boks while in possession. Off their feet, Owens says. Sharpe down for treatment again.

61st minute: Australia have a 5m scrum. Sloppy work off the restart from the replacement Mvovo. Juandre Kruger penalised right in front of the sticks. Barnes gives Australia back the lead.

58th minute: Ashley-Cooper makes a try-saving tackle at the other end. Australia pinged for coming in from the side, somewhat contentiously. Frans Steyn levels the scores from a decent distance.

54th minute: Cilliers on for Jannie du Plessis. Debutant Shipperly adds some spine to the attack, spearing through the centre and getting across the advantage line. He looks for work two phases later, too, and a short ball from Genia puts Higginbotham over! Try! Barnes adds the two.

52nd minute: Scrappy play from both sides after Habana goes through the middle to no avail and then Shipperley has an air swing at a high ball while his legs are taken from under him. Samo and Habana both off.

50th minute: Shades of Sydney – Beale drops a high ball in a contest with his opposite number, Kirchner. Scrum Boks just outside the Australian 22.

49th minute: Australia ruled offside in the maul that began to form from the restart. More Steyn misses the penalty.

45th minute: Barnes v Kirchner in the kicking stakes. Barnes shades it that time. Flat pass from Cooper to Ashley-Cooper, Polota Nau and then Samo take it up the guts. Cooper grubbers it and this time Iaone regains the ball. After 13 phases Pienaar is ruled offside. Should get a reward for some industry here. What is it with the grubbers, though? Barnes adds the three. Australia creeping back.

44th minute: Morne Steyn misses with a drop goal but he was in good position. Drags it to the left.

41st minute: “Silly, dribbly kicks”. About sums it up. Astounding how much ball was kicked away in the first 40. Barnes then Beale go for clearances, neither that impressive, and the Boks win the net gain. Skipper Jean de Villiers responsible for the lack of space and time. The whole episode is repeated and Beale clears once again. Boks winning the territory stakes early on.

Half-time: Ashley-Cooper in a pit-stop interview en route to the sheds says his side are getting across the advantage line but not making the possession count. Maybe if they kept the ball in hand…

38th minute: Hougaard in the clear on the left wing, he chips through and tackles Shipperley on the follow through. Sloppy lineout from Australia but they clean it up and put it through the hands. Well, a couple of sets anyway. Beale puts through a grubber. Again. It’s the tactic de jour. And as with all previous efforts, it achieves zip.  

35th minute: Vermeulen subbed off and the Boks have a scrum and a penalty. Wallabies can’t take advantage of the loss of Mtawarira. Boks will look to eat up as much time as possible, firstly by making their way ponderously to the lineout and now through a maul, and pick-and-go phase play. They’re keeping it tight in the middle of the park.

33rd minute: Pienaar kicks, Barnes kicks, Steyn kicks… Beale takes the mark and his banana kick has more curve than desired. Net gain of not much. Slipper wins a turnover and a chip kick from Cooper comes to naught – but mainly because Mtawarira took out Beale, who was chasing through. The Beast gets a yellow card.

30th minute: Kirchner kocks the ball forward after chasing a kick… then a bit more arial pingpong before Hougaard off the wing charges the ball down. The Boks butcher the chance, though, with a flurry of handling errors.

27th minute: Boks given possession from a maul but they’re penalised by Owens for a scrum infringement. Barnes strikes the ball well to keep Australia in touch.

25th minute: Sure, it’s AFL country but imitation in this instance is not flattery at all. Plenty of ball being kicked away by both sides. Etzebeth gives Sharpe a Liverpool kiss! Granted it was a soft one – more of a promise – but the Australian lock was none too happy. From the ensuing push-and-shove, the Boks earn a penalty. No justice. And Frans Steyn makes them pay. He kicks a long-range goal.

21st minute: Beale fields a midefield kick, Barnes returns the offering, it comes back… they’re playing forcings-back. A few more rounds and eventually it’s a Boks lineout. Another kick. Genia draws Cooper on the wing and he had nowhere to go but across the sideline courtesy of Coetzee.

19th minute: Springboks swing it left to right and right to left, and almost make the breakthrough. The Wallabies appeared to have slowed the ruck down and the visitors’ momentum but it was only momentary. Then bang! Habana makes a lightning-quick snipe for the line and he’s over. Try Springboks. Steyn converts.

17th minute: South Africa penalised for not rolling away with the Wallabies on the attack just outside the 22. Cooper to Hooper, who goes to ground, and Mtawarira refuses to get out of the way. Barnes converts the penalty from in front.

15th minute: Boks taking far too long to clear the ball from a ruck – it was just sitting there – and the Wallabies win the counter-ruck.

13th minute: What a waste of possession and momentum. Wallabies well inside the 22 only for Cooper to try a chip kick that was easily taken for a mark.

12th minute: More running tonight from the Wallabies but it hasn’t always been convincing – particularly from their own half. And especially when they punctuate their efforts with yet another grubber that goes nowwhere. Beale that time. But now they’re stringing a few phases together.

9th minute: Boks scrum and clearance to halfway. Sharpe penalised for being on the wrong side in the lineout. Australia run it from within their own 22, and a grubber only just gets them out of a bit of potential trouble. They were closed down quickly.

5th minute: Good clearance from Barnes takes play into Boks’ half. Box kick received by Genia and Cooper returns the ball through the boot. Now Cooper puts it through the hands, Ioane comes in looking for work and then Cooper kicks for the corner. Kept alive by the Boks and Australia back on attack. But they blow a chance – a poor pass from Barnes gives the winger no chance and it goes over the sideline.

Polota Nau smashed in the tackle and Wallabies penalised for holding on. Steyn converts.

2nd minute: Boks to kick off on this oval arena. Sharpe fields the kick and then Samo goes for a run but Barnes grubbers badly and loses possession in dangerous part of the field. Now they get rumbling; then slow down. Not much go-forward from the Boks before M. Steyn misses a drop goal.

The Wallabies out on the field to a healthy mix of cheers and boos.

Robbie Deans saying “we’re looking to play some rugby” and “turn the scoreboard over”, after declaring himself happy with the preparation in the lead-in. Is that code for running rugby or corporate speak for the obvious? As for the All Blacks’ enviable superiority when consigning the Wallabies to zero two weeks ago in Auckland (the game of their lives, Quade Cooper said), well, they looked loose and negligent in Wellington earlier tonight, defeating Argentina 21-5.

Welcome to the live blog of the Wallabies v Springboks Test.

Preamble: Who’d be a coach? Variously Robbie Deans has been accused of being an All Blacks stalking horse, a divisive figure prone to playing favourites or, more benignly, a poor cultural fit for the Wallabies. His side have been depicted as lacking heart, obsessed with Gen Y self-branding, fickle under pressure and, more benignly, unfit and unskilled. The more measured critics simply reckon Deans’s time is up, and the death knell could toll as soon as tonight at Paterson’s Stadium if the Wallabies lose.

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer isn’t short of critics, either, with predecessors Jake White and Nick Mallett both weighing in with helpful analyses such as his team are rudderless, predictable and mono-dimensional. Meyer has responded by brining in uncapped No8 Duane Vermeulen, lock Juandre Kruger and halfback Ruan Pienaar. In fact, he’s picked two halfbacks, with Francois Hougaard moving to the wing. Pienaar is expected to counter Will Genia’s sniping from the scrum base.

So the stakes are high. Nominally this match is a home fixture for the Wallabies but they have found relative anonymity in Perth during AFL finals season, and there are plenty of expat Boks fans expected to cheer the away team. The Wallabies could have used the support.

Head to head: Played 74: Australia 32, South Africa 41, Drawn 1Last match: Australia 11-9 South Africa at Westpac Stadium, Wellington (October 9, 2011)

Australia record at Paterson’s Stadium/Subiaco Oval: Played 11, won 7, lost 3, drawn 1South Africa record at Paterson’s Stadium/Subiaco Oval: Played 6, won 3, lost 2, drawn 1Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)TAB南京夜网.au: Australia $1.70 South Africa $2.15

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Dominic Shipperley, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn RobinsonReplacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Scott Higginbotham, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Anthony Fainga’a

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira. Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.

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