THE Wallabies have been held to their second straight draw with South Africa after a seesawing 27-27 stalemate in Bloemfontein.
In an intense battle on the Free State Stadium, Springboks five-eighth Elton Jantjies pushed a last-gasp penalty try extensive after a controversial determination from referee Ben O’Keefe to ping Marika Koroibete for palms within the ruck.
O’Keefe appeared to miss two clear ahead passes within the lead-up to the play.
It ensured one other irritating Rugby Championship outcome for the 2 sides for the second time in lower than a month, after they fought out a 23-23 attract Perth.
Both sides scored three tries and two penalties apiece and there was loads of enterprising play, with the lead altering palms 4 instances in a cracking second half.
Fijian-born flyer Koroibete crossed the stripe twice in his first Test begin, restoring Australia’s lead on each events.
Bernard Foley arrange each of Koroibete’s tries, the primary with a scorching run that sliced the South African line and the second with a blinding cut-out ball.
But as our bodies drained within the testing high-altitude circumstances, neither group may discover a means to put their noses in entrance.
The Wallabies held a three-point lead with 10 minutes to play till Jantjies levelled the scores with a spectacular 49-metre penalty.
The guests had been forward 13-10 on the break however had been fortunate to have all their males on the sector.
Israel Folau one way or the other escaped sanction for pulling the hair of Springbok winger Dillyn Leyds in a deal with simply earlier than halftime to breathe fireplace into an already tense encounter.
The two groups almost got here to blows however Kiwi O’Keefe deemed it solely worthy of a penalty.
Folau opened the scoring within the 10th minute, ending off a scorching set-piece play from a scrum after a wise inside ball from Foley.
It was Folau’s 11th strive of the yr — probably the most by an Australian participant, overtaking Lote Tuqiri’s earlier report set in 2004.
The Springboks quickly discovered a reply by prop Ruan Dreyer, who crawled over subsequent to the best publish to degree the scores at 7-7.
Defensive frailties quickly began to open up for Australia, which allowed the South Africans again within the match.
They struck by Jan Serfontein within the 43rd minute and Courtnall Skosan six minutes later, however Koroibete offered a response on every event.
It leaves the Wallabies with loads to stew over on their lengthy flight to South America for subsequent weekend’s conflict with Argentina.
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