BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese

BBC Sport
 You are in: Rugby Union: International  
Sport Front Page
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Other Sports
Special Events
Sports Talk
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
Around The UK: 
N Ireland

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather

Saturday, 27 July, 2002, 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK
Clockwatch: Australia 38-27 S Africa
BBC Sport Online brings you the Tri-Nations match between Australia and SA
All the action as Australia take on South Africa in the Tri-Nations in Brisbane.

Latest news first - click refresh for updates.

FT: Australia 38-27 South Africa

83 mins: The Wallabies earn a turnover and rumble to the South Africa line, where they earn a penalty. Gregan opts for a scum in front of the Springboks posts, and Australia manufacture a fourth try for Latham, his second, to earn a bonus point. Mortlock misses the conversion with the last kick of a pulsating match.
Australia 38-27 South Africa

80 mins: Australia try to run down the clock by recyling possession, but South Africa win a scrum on half-way.

78 mins: Elton Flatley replaces Larkham at stand-off for the final few minutes, with Mortlock coming into the centre and Rogers moving to the wing.

77 mins: Mortlock has a penalty chance to ease Australia's nerves, but sends his attempt wide.

73 mins: South Africa ensure a tense finish with their fourth try, a superb individual effort from Russell after a length-of-the-field counter attack. Larkham almost stops Russell with an ankle tap, but the electric wing gets back up to score. Pretorius is unable to convert.
Australia 33-27 South Africa

71 mins: Matt Cockbain, winning his 50th cap, and prop Ben Darwin are sent on from the Wallabies bench, while Brent Russell and Delarey du Preez enter the fray for South Africa.

70 mins: Mortlock, assuming the goalkicking duties from Burke, stretches Australia's lead to 11 points with a well-struck penalty.

68 mins: Australia send on rugby league convert Mat Rogers in place of Burke, with Herbert moving to outside centre.

65 mins: Springboks flanker Joe van Niekerk is penalised for coming in from the side of a ruck, but Burke hooks his penalty attempt wide.

63 mins: Pretorius misses a chance to reduce the gap to five points with a long-range peanlty attempts that is marginally wide.

62 mins: Barry clatters Larkham with a barrelling tackle that leaves the Wallabies stand-off needing treatment to his leg.

61 mins: Australia send David Lyons on for the tiring Finegan, while South Africa's replacement prop Ollie le Roux enters the fray.

59 mins: Latham's fumble gives the Springboks an attacking scrum 30 metres out, but Smith again draws a penalty at the breakdown.

55 mins: South Africa bring themselves to within eight points of the Wallabies with a third try, this time from the inspirational Skinstad. Tune is unable to deal with Barry's kick ahead, and Breyton Paulse picks up to send the number eight powering over from close range. Pretorius misses his forst kick of the evening when he pulls the conversion wide.
Australia 30-22 South Africa

53 mins: The breakdown skills of Smith relieve the pressure on Australia as the flanker wrestles the ball away from Skinstad on the ground.

52 mins: Tune kicks out on the full to give the Springboks a promising line-out position in the Wallabies half.

48 mins: Australia hit back at pace, Larkham twice involved in a sweeping move that is illegally halted by South Africa. Burke dispenses punishment with his third penalty.
Australia 30-17 South Africa

45 mins: Bob Skinstad, a far more prominent presence in the second half, seizes on a loose ball at a Wallabies line-out. The Springboks swiftly move the ball right, where De Wet Barry sends Joubert racing away to beat Latham and score his second try in the right corner. Pretorius adds a majestic conversion from the touchline.
Australia 27-17

43 mins: Paul, Harrison and Greef return from the sin-bin.

42 mins: South Africa, still with a man advantage, start the second half on the offensive, but Pretorius' chip through is athletically snatched by Mortlock to clear the danger.

HT: Australia 27-10 South Africa

40 mins: Burke ensures Australia have the last word of the first half with a penalty after another South African infringement.
Australia 27-10 South Africa

39 mins: Joubert gets the Springboks back in the match with a stunning individual try. Taking a pass from Terblanche inside his own half, the centre cuts inside two Wallabies and accelerates away from Latham to score under the posts. Pretorius converts.
Australia 24-10 South Africa

37 mins: Larkham has time and space to size up a long drop goal, but his attempt falls well short.

34 mins: Kefu takes a short throw-in at a line-out that South Africa steal, and replacement hooker Brendan Cannon is brought on for the next set-piece, with George Smith departing temporarily.

33 mins: Hendro Scholtz comes on for injured Springboks skipper Krige.

32 mins: A tackle from Springboks full-back Werner Greef on Latham in the air sparks a mass brawl which sees Jeremy Paul and Justin Harrison raining punches down on South Africa lock Faan Rautenbach. After the mayhem subsides, referee Steve Lander sends Paul, Harrison and Greef to the sin-bin, leaving Australia a man short for ten minutes.

31 mins: The Springboks are in sight of the Wallabies try line for the first time when scrum-half Johannes Conradie escapes up the left touchline, but Latham stops him just short.

29 mins: Burke puts the world champions in a commanding position with his first successful penalty after South Africa are again caught infringing at a rick.
Australia 24-3 South Africa

27 mins: Herbert's power again has the Springboks on the retreat, and Owen Finegan sends Nathan Sharpe diving over in the right corner. But the lock has a foot in touch and the try is disallowed.

25 mins: The Wallabies are rampant now and score a third try through Latham. Herbert's burst draws in the defence, and Stephen Larkham's precise pass gives the full-back an easy run-in. Burke again converts.
Australia 21-3 South Africa

20 mins: Australia reassert their authority with a second try, from Stirling Mortlock. Full-back Chris Latham does the damage with a powerful midfield break that splits the South African defence before feeding inside to Mortlock, who holds off three tacklers to crash over. Burke adds the conversion.
Australia 14-3 South Africa

19 mins: A poor pass from Pretorius puts the Springboks in trouble and Burke nails Stefan Terblanche with a huge tackle.

18 mins: South Africa skipper Corne Krige requires treatment after a heavy blow but recovers sufficiently to carry on.

16 mins: Springboks hooker James Dalton is caught offside at the back of a ruck but Burke's penalty attempt hits the left upright and bounces to safety.

14 mins: A break from centre Marius Joubert gives the visitors some forward momentum for the first time. They are rewarded with a penalty that Andre Pretorius converts from 40 metres.
Australia 7-3 South Africa

12 mins: South Africa draw a penalty from the Wallabies after a powerful scrummage to give them a platform in Australian territory.

8 mins: Jeremy Paul's break from a line-out puts Australia on the offensive again, but Burke is penalised for crossing in midfield.

6 mins: Burke opts to kick a penalty inside the Springboks half to touch, but South Africa lock Victor Matfield steals the subsequent line-out.

3 mins: Australia take the lead with a superbly worked try from Ben Tune, the subject of so much controversy in the build-up to the match. A dummy from Dan Herbert in midfield and an incisive run and pass from George Gregan see the wing power through three tacklers to finish in style. Matt Burke converts with ease.
Australia 7-0 South Africa

1 min: The Wallabies launch the first serious attack of the match, but number eight Toutai Kefu is flattened by a crunching double tackle in midfield.

Australia: Chris Latham, Ben Tune, Matthew Burke, Daniel Herbert, Stirling Mortlock, Stephen Larkham, George Gregan (capt), Toutai Kefu, George Smith, Owen Finegan, Justin Harrison, Nathan Sharpe, Patricio Noriega, Jeremy Paul, Bill Young.
Reserves: Brendan Cannon, Ben Darwin, Matt Cockbain, David Lyons, Chris Whitaker, Elton Flatley, Mat Rogers.

South Africa: Werner Greeff, Stefan Terblanche, Marius Joubert, De Wet Barry, Breyton Paulse, Andre Pretorius, Johannes Conradie, Bobby Skinstad, Joe van Niekerk, Corne Krige (capt), Victor Matfield, Jannes Labuschagne, Faan Rautenbach, James Dalton, Lawrence Sephaka.
Reserves: Delarey du Preez, Ollie le Roux, AJ Venter, Hendro Scholtz, Neil de Kock, Adrian Jacobs, Brent Russell.

Referee: Steve Lander (Eng)

Quentin Hull reports for BBC Sport
"It was an amazing Test match"

Latest news

Match reports


Tri-Nations history

Sports Talk


Links to more International stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more International stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales