Boks lose out again

South Africa slipped to their fourth defeat in five Tri Nations matches as they were beaten 27-15 by Australia in Durban on Saturday afternoon. [more]

Boks lose out again

South Africa slipped to their fourth defeat in five Tri Nations matches as they were beaten 27-15 by Australia in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

The Wallabies claimed their first win on South African soil for eight years as they condemned the World Champions to last place in the standings regardless of the result of next weekend’s re-match in Johannesburg.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers will now be under even more pressure to turn things around next Saturday as his side continue their preparations for next year’s Lions tour.

The Boks have plenty of time to regroup before that tour begins in May but de Villiers will have been disappointed by another lacklustre performance in front of their own fans.

South Africa fell to a crushing 19-0 defeat at the hands of the All Blacks just a week ago and de Villiers hade been determined to ensure they would bounce back in a positive fashion.

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It wasn’t to be, however, as tries from Benn Robinson, Lote Tuqiri and skipper Stirling Mortlock gave Australia their third win in four competition fixtures.

The hosts did score a brace of tries through centre Adrian Jacobs but it wasn’t enough to prevent another frustrating loss.

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