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Saturday, 17 August, 2002, 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK
Clockwatch: SA 33-31 Australia
  Score details
South Africa 33
Tries: Paulse (2), Russell, van Niekerk, Greeff
Penalties:
Conversions: Greeff (4)

Australia 31
Tries: Rogers, Kefu, Cannon
Penalties: Burke (3)
Conversions: Burke (2)
Drop goals: Gregan

Werner Greeff scored the injury-time try and conversion which gave South Africa a thrilling victory in a tremendous climax to the Tri-Nations.

The Springboks win ensured they did not suffer the humiliation of a first-ever whitewash in the tournament - and also confirmed New Zealand as the Tri-Nations champions.

Australia needed a mammoth victory to win the title, but never seriously looked like running away with a game that ebbed and flowed in gripping fashion.


80 (+2) mins: Greeff shows nerves of steel as he slots the conversion over. Referee Paddy O'Brien blows the final whistle to bring the end to a fantastic game which ended in the most dramatic way possible.
South Africa 33-31 Australia

80 (+1) mins: The crowd go wild as Werner Greeff's brilliant run unlocks the Australian defence to pass the line - now he faces a kick to win the game for South Africa.
South Africa 31-31 Australia

80 mins: The siren sounds, and only injury time stands between Australia and victory.

78 mins: Brent Russell is just denied as he attempts a Jason Robinson-esque dart through the middle of the Australian defence as the Springboks make a last effort.

75 mins: Australia's brilliant comeback seems to be complete. A poor line-out from South Africa falls into the hands of a gleeful George Smith who storms forward 50 metres before passing to Brendan Cannon who touches down. Matt Burke misses the conversion.
South Africa 26-31 Australia

74 mins: Australia are controlling possession, but the Springboks are defending with passion as they bid to avoid the ignominy of a whitewash in the Tri-Nations.

72 mins: George Gregan capitalises on space near the South African 22 to slot over a beautifully-struck drop goal and bring the sides level.
South Africa 26-26 Australia

70 mins: Marius Joubert of South Africa is sent from the field as referee Paddy O'Brien shows him the red card for a high tackle around the throat of Mat Rogers. The Springboks have 14 men, however, as the sin-binned De Wet Barry is back.

68 mins: Australia's recovery continues as they score another try. They had been lurking by the Springboks' touch line for several minutes, and it was no surprise when Toutai Kefu broke through to touch down. Matt Burke slotted home a relatively simple conversion.
South Africa 26-23 Australia

62 mins: The crowd falls silent as South Africa's concentration slips and replacement Mat Rogers scores the Wallabies first try. He nearly fluffs it, as he is tackled by two on the line, but he gets the ball down. Matt Burke hits a beautiful conversion.
South Africa 26-16 Australia

60 mins: Joe van Niekerk scores a glorious try to put South Africa within sight of victory. Bob Skinstad sets van Niekerk clear with a fine pass as the Springboks put together a fantastic quick break. Greeff hits the post with the conversion.
South Africa 26-9 Australia

53 mins: Australia continue to press and the South African defence is working overtime - not always legally - to repel the advances. Referee Paddy O'Brien calls both captains over and asks them to cool their teams down.

52 mins: South Africa's De Wet Barry is sent to the sin bin for punching an opponent while on the floor.

51 mins: Australia are huffing and puffing but making little progress against the Springbok back line.

Australia's Daniel Herbert's charge is halted by South Africa's De Wet Barry
Australia's Daniel Herbert is halted

46 mins: Toutai Kefu runs into the corner and touches down, and the touch judge calls for a video replay. It is close, but Jim Fleming rules that Kefu touched the flag just before touching down, and South Africa get a 22 drop out.

44 mins: Daniel Herbert makes a powerful run forward as the Wallabies come back, although he is stopped five metres short of the Springbok line.

41 mins: The Australians look like their minds are still in the dressing room. The Springboks opened the second half with two minutes of attacking, and it was no surprise when Breyton Paulse crossed for his second try. Werner Greeff converts.
South Africa 21-9 Australia

40 mins: South Africa open the second half as they finished the first as they go straight on the attack.

1505 BST: Referee Paddy O'Brien restarts the game.


40 mins: The siren sounds and the shell-shocked Australians trudge off, unsure of precisely what hit them. It was a brilliant comeback from the Boks, and Australia will have to battle to win the game - never mind the Tri-Nations.
Half-time: South Africa 14-9 Australia

38 mins: Brent Russell completes an astonishing turnaround from the Springboks. His speed was impressive, although the Australian tackling was poor - he shrugs off two players to race home. Werner Greeff, full of kicking confidence again, slots over.
South Africa 14-9 Australia

35 mins: South Africa's spell of pressure pays off as the ball is fed to Breyton Paulse who finds a gap in the middle and storms over the line, touching down between the posts. Werner Greeff makes no mistake with this kick.
South Africa 7-9 Australia

34 mins: De Wet Barry is unfortunate to be penalised as the Springboks continue to press, as his inside pass near the Australian line is knocked down by Stephen Larkham - ending a potential try-scoring move.

33 mins: The Springboks' most impressive spell of possession so far ends when Jannes Labuschagne is blocked around five metres from the line.

32 mins: South Africa deserve credit for slowing Australia's earlier momentum, during which they looked like running away with the game.

28 mins: South Africa make good progress down the left, after Nathan Sharpe is penalised for throwing a punch.

26 mins: Australia's Owen Finegan is penalised for offside, with the South Africans under pressure near their own line.

22 mins: The frustration of the South Africans is evident and a minor fracas at the line out is swiftly dealt with by the officials.

21 mins: George Smith is sent to the blood bin, but may have been lucky to escape a yellow card, after picking up the wound with a high tackle on Neil de Kock.

18 mins: The Australia are undoubtedly on top and win another penalty just inside the Springbok half. Matthew Burke is really on form - he slots it straight over to put the visitors in command.
South Africa 0-9 Australia

15 mins: The Springboks turn over possession, but the cheers of the crowd soon fade as a series of unforced errors ultimately result in a penalty to Australia. Matthew Burke bangs it through the middle.
South Africa 0-6 Australia

10 mins: Australia win their first penalty, about 40 metres from the posts, after a South African infringement. Matthew Burke's kick emphasises how poor the first two Springbok attempts were, sailing effortlessly between the posts.
South Africa 0-3 Australia

8 mins: Ben Tune has his first meaningful run for the Australians, and is met by a chorus of boos from the home fans.

6 mins: A scintillating break by Brent Russell takes him past four Australians, and the Wallabies are penalised to hand South Africa their second penalty. Russell takes this one, after Greeff's earlier blunder - and it is another shocker, flying well wide.

3 mins: South Africa win the first penalty of the game after Australia are penalised for an infringement at a maul. Werner Greeff - taking kicks in the absence of Andre Pretorius - scuffs it horribly and it scrubs along the ground before hitting the post. Australia clear.

2 mins: Joe van Niekerk makes the first meaningful break for the Springboks, although Australia block his charge.

1409 BST: Matthew Burke kicks off the final match of the Tri-Nations on a blustery day in Johannesburg.

1404 BST: A message from Nelson Mandela is played over the big screen to an utterly silent crowd. The national anthems follow.

1400 BST: A capacity crowd at Ellis Park in Johannesburg welcomes the Springboks on to the field. The Wallabies follow soon after.


Teams:

South Africa: 15 Werner Greeff, 14 Breyton Paulse, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Dean Hall, 10 Brent Russell, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Bob Skinstad, 7 Joe van Niekerk, 6 Corne Krige (captain), 5 AJ Venter, 4 Jannes Labuschagne, 3 Willie Meyer, 2 James Dalton, 1 Lawrence Sephaka.

Australia: 15 Chris Latham, 14 Ben Tune, 13 Matthew Burke, 12 Daniel Herbert, 11 Stirling Mortlock, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan (captain), 8 Toutai Kefu, 7 George Smith, 6 Owen Finegan, 5 Justin Harrison, 4 Nathan Sharpe, 3 Ben Darwin, 2 Jeremy Paul, 1 Bill Young.


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