Sydney Cricket Ground was packed with a record Rugby crowd of nearly 46-thousand for the first Rugby Union Test between Australia and South Africa.
Sydney Cricket Ground was packed with a record Rugby crowd of nearly 46-thousand for the first Rugby Union Test between Australia and South Africa.Australia, in the light jerseys, took the offensive immediately.
A scrum on the Springbok' line - under extreme pressure from the Australians, and Smith clears with Wilson kicking touch.
A penalty - and Elwood puts it over for the first score in the match.South Africa was penalised about three times as often as the Wallabies - and Elwood was busy.Two penalty goals to Australia.Wallabies leading six-nil.
Australia kept on the pressure.A scrum jus out from the South African line.
Catchpole by-passes his inside backs, and sends the ball to Lenehan.Lenehan scores the first try of the match.
Australia kept on hounding the Springbok line.Here, Stuart Boyce makes a determined bid to crash across the line, but just fails.
At no point was the match easy.The forwards bulldozed each other trying to make breaks for the three-quarter lines.
But South African made a break.Englebrecht broke away after his 5-8 had kicked ahead.He touched down under the Australian posts.
Tiny Naude converted.Australia now leads nine to five.
Beres Elwood goals again for Australia , after the half time bell.But Phil Hawthorne, the young 5-8 has been hurt.
The second half, and Hawthorne, with his head bandaged, returns to the game.With Ken Catchpole the half-back, he spearheaded the Wallabies' victory.
South Africa came into the second half with a determination to win.
The Australian three-quarter line, with their superior speed and handling, pierced the Springboks' defence, only to be blocked.
Stuart Boyce kicks ahead.The Australian winger pounds through after the ball, outpacing the South African defence.Over the line, he falls on the ball for Australia's second try.Australia leads 18 to 5.
Naude again - and another three points to the Springboks.
The final bell has gone, but play continues.Smith takes the ball round the back of the scrum, givers it to Englebrecht, and another try.
The match was over.Australian had won by 18 points to South Africa's eleven.It was the first time the Australian Rugby side had beaten South Africa on Australian ground.