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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 August 2006, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Clockwatch: Australia 20-18 SA

FULL-TIME: Australia 20-18 South Africa

80 mins: South Africa try to launch a last-minute counter-attack but flanker Juan Smith's pass falls into touch as their last chance goes begging.

76 mins: TRY Australia 20-18 South Africa
The Wallabies replacements make an impact as Sam Cordingley flicks the ball up, Phil Waugh surges into space and shows tremendous poise with an overhead pass out of the tackle to Mat Rogers, who sprints away to score in the left corner. Stirling Mortlock draws his conversion in from the touchline, it bounces on the left upright and over the bar.

72 mins: The Wallabies send on Sam Cordingley for captain George Gregan and Clyde Rathbone for Mark Gerrard on the right wing.

70 mins: Australia opt to kick a penalty at goal, to whistles from the home crowd, and Stirling Mortlock misses his attempt.

68 mins: TRY Australia 13-18 South Africa
South Africa hit the front again as Percy Montgomery races onto a pass from James and after an ineffective tackle from Lote Tuqiri, is driven over by three of his team-mates. James misses the conversion.

63 mins: PENALTY Australia 13-13 South Africa
Relief for the Wallabies as Stirling Mortlock brings them level with his second successful penalty.

60 mins: Mark Gerrard misses out on a second Australian try as he races onto Matt Giteau's chip ahead out of a tackle, but fumbles the ball just short of the line.

54 mins: TRY Australia 10-13 South Africa
Remarkably, the Springboks take the lead after applying the pressure to a retreating Australian scrum. Wallabies number eight Wycliff Palu's pass eludes George Gregan, Fourie du Preez hacks the ball on and Stephen Larkham fails to deal with it. Springboks centre Jaque Fourie gleefully races onto the loose ball to touch down; James adds the conversion.

53 mins: Australian flanker Phil Waugh comes on for George Smith to win his 50th cap.

52 mins: Referee Joel Jutge issues a warning to Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman and South Africa hooker John Smit after a skirmish on the ground, but takes no further action.

50 mins: Australia bring on hooker Jeremy Paul for Tai McIsaac.

48 mins: PENALTY Australia 10-6 South Africa
Buoyed by their first points against the Australians in more than two hours of rugby, South Africa launch their best move of the match through centre Wynand Olivier, carried on by wing Akona Ndungane. Larkham dives into the ruck and Butch James lands his second easy kick at goal.

46 mins: PENALTY Australia 10-3 South Africa
Australia concede a penalty in front of their own posts, and Butch James, taking over the kicking duties from Percy Montgomery, gets the Boks on the scoreboard.

44 mins: A poor line-out and a poor inside pass by Stephen Larkham allows South Africa scrum-half Fourie du Preez to hack ahead into the Wallabies 22. Matt Giteau races back and slides back over his own line with the ball, giving the visitors an attacking scrum 5m out.

42 mins: A long punt out of defence by Matt Giteau is retrieved by Springboks centre Jaque Fourie, but the Australians have an attacking line-out.

1200 BST: The action resumes in Sydney as South Africa kick off the second half. Can the visitors improve on their woeful first-half efforts?

HALF-TIME: Australia 10-0 South Africa

40 mins: Referee Joel Jutge brings a scrappy half of rugby to a close. It has not been a good advert for this year's expanded competition.

35 mins: Respite for the Springboks as Australia wing Lote Tuqiri is penalised for not releasing the ball in the tackle. But Percy Montgomery has lost his radar on the flight to Sydney and slices another kick at goal embarrassingly wide.

32 mins: TRY Australia 10-0 South Africa
The tedium is relieved, ironically from an ill-advised cross-kick from Butch James. Percy Montgomery and Bryan Habana let it bounce between them and Wallabies wing Mark Gerrard scoops it up and races 60m for the try. Stirling Mortlock adds the extras.

28 mins: Both teams are getting their kicks - 31 so far in the match - in the damp conditions, but it is grim fare for the 60,000 crowd, way down on the usual near-80,000 attendance on these occasions.

26 mins: The tit-for-tat kicking continues as Bryan Habana tries an up-and-under and claims he is impeded by Stirling Mortlock as he attempts to follow it. The referee disagrees.

24 mins: Australia concede a free-kick at a scrum, the Springboks quickly punt the ball upfield and a loose pass from Lote Tuqiri puts Chris Latham in trouble. George Smith completes the comedy of errors when he slices a clearing kick into touch.

20 mins: Matt Giteau's smart pick-up puts Australia on the attack again but it comes to an abrupt end with a thumping hit by Butch James on Stirling Mortlock. Ouch.

18 mins: The Springboks are starting to show a bit more ambition now, fly-half Butch James trying a clever kick with the outside of his boot that just eludes left wing Bryan Habana as it rolls into touch.

16 mins: Percy Montgomery lets Australia off the hook with a shocking kick that he pulls across the posts from only 25m.

15 mins: South Africa build up a head of steam for the first time, and Wallabies flanker George Smith concedes a penalty at a ruck five metres from his own line.

11 mins: PENALTY Australia 3-0 South Africa
This time Stirling Mortlock makes no mistake to open the scoring with a simple kick for the hosts.

10 mins: George Gregan makes an incisive dart around the base of a ruck before off-loading inside to prop Greg Holmes. The Springboks dive over the top at the breakdown, prompting French referee Joel Jutge to tell them: "It is not a swimming pool, you have to stay on your feet."

8 mins: Chris Latham launches a huge kick from his own 22 that leads to a line-out on the Springboks 22.

4 mins: Australia launch a swift counter-attack through Chris Latham and Lote Tuqiri, which South Africa scrum-half Fourie du Preez eventually brings to a halt.

2 mins: George Gregan's poor pass from a ruck appears to have slowed Australia's momentum but South Africa are penalised at the breakdown. But Stirling Mortlock pushes his kick at goal wide.

1106: Stephen Larkham kicks off for Australia and Springboks centre Wynand Olivier immediately fumbles the ball forward, giving the Wallabies an attacking scrum.

1103: The familiar strains of "Advance Australia Fair" bellow out, followed by "Waltzing Matilda" as the Wallabies strip off their tracksuits ready for action.

1102: The South African national anthem is first up at the Telstra Stadium as kick-off approaches.

1059: George Gregan leads out Australia for the 56th time in a Test match, surpassing the record of Wallabies legend John Eales.

Australia expect a tighter encounter than their last clash with South Africa as the two sides meet again in Sydney.

Three weeks ago they thrashed the Springboks 49-0 in Brisbane, the biggest margin in Tri-Nations history.

Both teams have made two changes as they seek victory to retain any hope of overhauling New Zealand this year.

Wycliff Palu and Tai McIsaac come into the Australian pack while South Africa have called up winger Akona Ndungane and second row Johann Muller.

Australia: Latham; Gerrard, Mortlock, Giteau, Tuqiri; Larkham, Gregan (capt); Holmes, McIsaac, Blake, Sharpe, Vickerman, Elsom, Smith, Palu.
Reserves: Paul, Shepherdson, Chisholm, Waugh, Cordingley, Rogers, Rathbone.

South Africa: Montgomery; Ndungane, Fourie, Olivier, Habana; James, Du Preez; Du Randt, Smit (capt), Van der Linde, Muller, Matfield, Tyibilika, Smith, Cronje.
Replacements: Ralepele, Andrews, Van der Berg, Van Niekerk, Januarie, Bosman, Van der Westhuyzen.

Tri-Nations Series Table
Saturday, 11 September 2010 13:05 UK
  Team P PD PTS
1 New Zealand 6 73 27
2 Australia 6 -26 11
3 South Africa 6 -47 7

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