An injury ravished Australian side travelled to loftus to take on the Springboks in a match where the main talking point from a South African point of view was the inclusion of Johan Goosen, a change many were asking for weeks ago.
The match was dominated by the Springboks from the word go, as they raced to a 14-0 lead, with Ruan Pienaar taking over the kicking duties after Goosen seemed to be a bit overwhelmed by the occasion. The Aussies hit back with a penalty and that’s how the score stayed at half-time.
If the occasion rattled Goosen’s kicking ability, the same cannot be said about his running game, the nippy flyhalf found a number of gaps in the Aussies defences, and came inches from scoring a try, but the TMO said he was short of the line.
The day however belonged to Habana who ran in with 3 tries, and while the Aussies managed a try of their own, things came even more undone when they got a yellow card for continuous infringing in the ruck, and then were down to 14 men again when they were forced to play a man less after an injury to their hooker occurred after they had made there 7 subs.
Now while the 31-8 scoreline was a much better performance from the team, we needn’t get ahead of ourselves as we did play against an incredibly weak Aussie team because of injuries, which grew even weaker as the match went on through even more injuries.So yes it was good to see us play a running game for a change, and while the result left us smiling, we still have a lot to improve on ahead of the clash against the Kiwis next week.