This afternoon’s Rugby Championship encounter between South Africa and Australia in Bloemfontein was an engrossing affair with both sides drawing with one another for the second time on a final scoreline of 27-27.
The Wallabies were 13-10 up at halftime and the second half was equally tight as both sides scored a brace of tries a piece which ultimately led to the stalemate.
The Springboks had more of the possession and territory in the game but they were unable to take full advantage of it as a determined Wallabies side put them to the pin of their collar to secure a draw.
One of the major talking points of the game occurred just before halftime when Israel Folau ‘tackled’ Dillyn Leyds.
Leyds was brought down by Folau which what was originally a high tackle around the collar but then Folau got to grips with the Springboks player’s hair and pulls him to the ground accordingly.
The referee did award a penalty for the high challenge but Folau inexplicably escaped sanction for the tackle.
Elton Jantjies had a chance to win the game at the end but his penalty drifted wide to the right of the posts. A draw was probably the right result, in the end, considering that the last penalty for the Springboks began with a move that involved the most forward pass you will likely see this year and for some reason, the officials didn’t spot it.
In what world is this not a forward pass @thepaulwilliams ❓????
Great game though! ?#SavAUS #Springboks #Wallabies pic.twitter.com/JCXk2P0fqu
— Rob Morgans (@RobbieCub7) September 30, 2017
Folau continued his blistering form in this match, scoring a try after 10 minutes which brings him up to 11 tries in just eight Test matches this year – scoring in all but one Test match.
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