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Cape Town – A brace by scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies helped the Springboks see off the Wallabies in their opening Rugby Championship encounter at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

As it happened: Springboks v Wallabies

South Africa, who bagged a bonus point, won 35-17 after leading 14-10 at half-time.

The Springboks scored five tries in the match through a brace by debutant Jantjies, lock Lood De Jager, wing S’busiso Nkosi and replacement scrumhalf Cobus Reinach.

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies had a perfect night with the boot as he converted all five tries.

Meanwhile, Australia crossed the whitewash twice thanks to fullback Dane Haylett-Petty and utility back Kurtley Beale with flyhallf Bernard Foley adding two conversions and a penalty.

Next weekend, the Springboks will play the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday, July 27 (09:35 SA time).


South Africa

Tries: Herschel Jantjies (2), Lood De Jager, S’busiso Nkosi

Conversions: Elton Jantjies (5)


Tries: Dane Haylett-Petty, Kurtley Beale

Conversions: Bernard Foley (2)

Penalties: Foley


South Africa

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds


15 Tom Banks , 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nic White, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper 

Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 Kurtley Beale