Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Herschel Jantjies stars as Boks ease past Wallabies

Herschel Jantjies stars as Boks ease past Wallabies

New Zealand held on by the skin of their teeth for a 20-16 victory over Argentina in a tense Rugby Championship clash at Velez Sarsfield on Saturday.

Cheika knows Australian rugby needs a new dawn and perhaps the high-stepping speed of new fullback Tom Banks or a real No.8 like debutant Isi Naisarani will provide spark in more coherent team attack.

Cheika is trying out a center combination that offers a different approach to previous Wallabies lineups.

But Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani will be the centers.

White was the backup scrumhalf in the 2015 Rugby Championship, but instead of going to the Rugby World Cup he went to Montpellier in France then Exeter in England.

As always, Australia needs to match the Boks up front if it's to make any progress.

It appears to be an uphill task for the Wallabies at Ellis Park, where they haven't won since 1963.

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James Slipper was recalled for his first test since December 2016 after a glut of injuries to props, which caused Johnson-Holmes to land in Johannesburg on Wednesday and a summons straight into the matchday 23.

He said nothing had changed since he made the statement early previous year that after finishing runner-up at the 2015 showpiece, the team needed to show improvement in Japan which meant only a win would keep him in the position.

"Although there might be a bit of noise out there against us, there is a lot of people behind us", Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika said, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

South African coach Rassie Erasmus is wary of the underdog Aussies and more so that they tend to click in World Cup years. He might be taking a bigger risk than Cheika. More fumbling, losing footy will, which is why the experimental Wallabies must win in Johannesburg to ignite the World Cup.

At Ellis Park, the Springboks will be a mix of those returning from injury and needing game time, and fringe players pushing for places at the World Cup. He did score a try but also bombed one and was caught out for Jantjies' second try and never really recovered after the bombed try.

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.

The Springboks shaded a tight first half 14-10, but were fortunate because the Wallabies had two tries disallowed -- correctly -- one for a forward pass from centre Tevita Kuridrani to flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and the other because wing Dane Haylett-Petty knocked the ball on over the tryline. Reps: Jordan Uelese, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Jack Dempsey, Will Genia, Matt To'omua, Kurtley Beale.

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