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Rugby Championship: Kurt-Lee Arendse’s hat-trick helps South Africa beat Australia, All Blacks win in Argentina

Rugby Championship: Kurt-Lee Arendse’s hat-trick helps South Africa beat Australia, All Blacks win in Argentina


Kurt-Lee Arendse
Arendse was voted man of the match in Pretoria
South Africa (17) 43
Tries: Kurt-Lee Arendse (x3), Pieter-Steph du Toit, penalty strive x2; Pens: Manie Libbok; Cons: Manie Libbok (x3); Drop-goal: 0
Australia: (5) 12
Tries: Marika Koroibete, Carter Gordon; Pens: 0; Cons: Carter Gordon; Drop-goal: 0

Eddie Jones’ return as Australia head coach led to a chastening defeat as Kurt-Lee Arendse’s hat-trick led South Africa to a gap Rugby Championship victory in Pretoria.

Arendse’s tries both aspect of half-time have been added to by Pieter-Steph du Toit late on and two penalty tries.

General there have been few positives for Jones in his first match again accountable for the Wallabies since 2005, though they did rating an early strive by means of wing Marika Koroibete and debutant Carter Gordon crossed late on.

Within the day’s later recreation, New Zealand cruised previous Argentina 41-12 in Mendoza.

Australia took the lead when Koroibete powered over within the eighth minute after a swift passing transfer out vast.

South Africa hit again by means of a Manie Libbok penalty and infrequently seemed again thereafter.

Arendse went over after some scrappy build-up earlier than driving by means of to finish the turnaround after an efficient line-out on the half-hour mark. Libbok transformed each tries.

Ten minutes after the break, Arendse grabbed his third strive of the match, touching down within the nook after a video evaluate for a potential ahead cross by Lukhanyo Am.

Australian hooker David Parecki was despatched to the sin bin after collapsing a maul as South Africa have been awarded a penalty strive, earlier than Libbok was denied a fifth rating after a knock-on.

Suliasi Vunivalu additionally obtained a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on, gifting South Africa a second penalty strive, and there was nonetheless time for Du Toit to go over from shut vary.

Australia barely managed to enter the South African half in a dismal second-half exhibiting from former England head coach Jones’ aspect, however Gordon ran clear late on to scale back the arrears.

“I am actually happy with the boys, it was a implausible efficiency,” stated South Africa captain Duane Vermeulen.

“We performed to our strengths. We are able to nonetheless enhance, it was not 100% our greatest efficiency, however I am very proud of the end result.”

New Zealand's Damian McKenzie
Damian McKenzie has performed 40 instances for the All Blacks

McKenzie impresses as All Blacks dominate Argentina

A flying begin set New Zealand on their technique to a cushty victory over hosts Argentina, with fly-half Damian McKenzie making a robust case to be picked in Ian Foster’s World Cup squad.

The All Blacks scored three tries within the first 12 minutes and have been 31-0 up at half-time as Dane Coles, Ardie Savea, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett and debutant wing Emoni Narawa all crossed.

McKenzie’s kicking recreation was wayward, touchdown solely three of his seven conversion makes an attempt having been picked forward of Richie Mo’unga.

However his playmaking capacity stood out in his first Take a look at since 2021, significantly his capacity to place others into area.

Argentina have been below immense stress from the beginning, giving freely quite a few penalties, with solely tries from prop Lucio Sordoni and hooker Agustin Creevy to point out for his or her efforts.



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