The hype building up to this match was big and the result as well especially if you support the Springboks. They dominated from the word go and also built the lead from early on. The match started at a huge tempo and held that most of the match, giving fans a great match to watch. The scoring of the match started slow with the Springboks scoring a early try but the Wallabies stayed in touch with penalties.
The end result of 38 – 12 in favour of the Springboks and a bonus point to boot has moved the Springboks 1 Log point clear at the top of the Log, 1 point ahead of the All Blacks, who they will be facing next weekend.
The Springboks also broke their drought at Suncorp Stadium as well as the drought in Brisbane since 1971 and proved that they can beat major teams, away from home, in their back yards. With 9 wins a row a lot of people will back the Springboks to beat the All Blacks next weekend and this clash could turn out to be the decider for who could take The Rugby Championship in 2013.
The Wallabies on the other hand have no wins in The Rugby Championship in 2013 year and also find themselves at the bottom of the Log. They play the Pumas from Argentina next weekend, which is most probably going to be a make or break game for their season, as should they lose it will be most likely that they will remain at the botton of the Log through the rest of The Rugby Championship.
The Springboks will be taking a lot of positives from this match, but the Wallabies have their work cut out for them if they want to beat the Pumas on the weekend.
Players who stood out in this match were Duane Vermeulen and Willie Le Roux for the Springboks and James O’Connor and Adam Ashley-Cooper for the Wallabies.
James O’Connor and Adam Ashley-Cooper were the only two Wallaby players that ever seemed capable of getting past some of the Springbok defenses. They were also the only players who did not try to have a constant chatting session with the referee.
Duan Vermeulen made his big presence felt with big hits on defense and hard rucking, whereas Willie Le Roux should be kept on the right wing. He scored his first try for the Springboks and played a big part in the Zane Kirchner try. There were numerous Sprinbok players that can be mentioned, as this was a well rounded team effort.
9 Out of 10 / 3 Out of 10
The Springboks receives a 9/10, as they scored a bonus point victory away from home. They showed that they are the team to beat in this year’s The Rugby Championship and they also look as the most rounded of teams in this year’s competition.
The Wallabies receive a 3/10 as they were never in this match, with a lack of discipline and too much talking on the field cost them. They were overpowered in all aspects of the game.