Australia ended a run of four consecutive test match losses to edge South Africa 23-18 in their Rugby Championship clash in Brisbane on Saturday.
The Wallabies capitalised on a poor second half by the Springboks, who led 18-17 at half-time but failed to score a point after the break.
Both teams scored two tries apiece, but Matt Toomua’s two second-half penalties proved the difference.
Here, we take a look at the key stats from the match.
36: Metres made by Will Genia. The Melbourne Rebels star used his pace and nimble footwork to break down the granite-like Springboks defence, looking to put his team-mates in more formidable attacking positions at every opportunity.
7: Defenders beaten for Springboks captain Siya Kolisi. The flanker beat more defenders than any other player, with Kurtley Beale and Genia (four each) following behind.
15: Points scored by Toomua in an overall consistent display. The Leicester Tigers centre scored a try and kicked two conversions and two penalties for the winners. His try in particular was a gem, using his superb vision to slide on to a loose ball. Literally a gift from the Boks.
16: Tackles made by Franco Mostert. The industrious lock may have missed two tackles, but he put his body on the line at every chance to disrupt the Wallabies momentum. Pieter-Steph du Toit (14) and Damian de Allende (11) were next on the list in the tackle charts.
5: It was a day to forget for the normally reliable Springboks flanker du Toit who missed a game-high five tackles. After the Stormers man, there were seven players who missed two tackles each.
4: Turnovers conceded by Willie le Roux and Faf du Klerk. Although it might seem a high error count for the Springboks duo, both players made a telling impact in attack.
84: Percentage success rate in the tackle for both the Wallabies (87/103) and the Springboks (91/108).
10: Turnovers conceded by the Wallabies in contrast to 9 from the Springboks.
18: Penalties conceded by the Springboks in comparison to 14 by the Wallabies.
728: Days since Wallabies last beat the Springboks. Since their win in September 2016, both sides had played each other three times, with South Africa winning once and the other two games finishing in a draw.
New Zealand were made to work to quell a spirited Argentina 46-24 in Nelson Saturday to remain unbeaten after the third round of the Rugby Championship.
A brief spurt before half-time and again in the closing minutes made the difference for the All Blacks against an unpredictable Argentinian attack.
Here, we take a look at the key stats from the match.
112: metres made by Pumas winger Ramiro Moyano. The Jaguares star used his speed and nimble footwork to dissect the opposition defence with ease, scoring a first half try.
7: defenders beaten for Jack Goodue and Moyano. The pair beat more defenders than Emiliano Boffelli (6) and Ben Smith (5).
2: Tries scored by TJ Perenara in a virtuous display. His first try in particular was a gem, using his superb vision to exploited a gap on the side of the ruck to touch down.
100: percentage tackle success rate for Shannon Frizell. The All-Blacks back-rower completed 16 out of 16 tackles and put his body on the line at every opportunity to disrupt the Pumas momentum.
6: missed tackles by Jeronimo de la Fuente, who for a centre was highly inconsistent in defence.
4: turnovers conceded by out-half Richie Mo’unga in the first half. Although it might seem a high error count, the 24-year-old didn’t put a foot wrong in the second period.
82: percentage success rate in the tackle for the All Blacks in contrast to 68 percent success rate for the Pumas.
17: turnovers conceded by the All Blacks in contrast to 11 from the Pumas.
14: penalties conceded by the Pumas in comparison to just seven by the All Blacks.
New Zealand were made to fight hard to quell a spirited Argentina 46-24 in Nelson on Saturday as they remained unbeaten after the third round of the Rugby Championship.
A brief spurt before half-time and again in the closing minutes made the difference as the All Blacks outscored Los Pumas six tries to three.
Here, we analyse the performance of fly-half Richie Mo’unga.
Try assist: 0
Metres made: 33
Defenders beaten: 2
Turnovers conceded: 4
Tackles made: 9
Tackles missed: 2
30 SECOND REPORT
The 24-year-old was rewarded with a first Test start on the back of his glittering displays during the Crusaders recent Super Rugby triumph.
With many Kiwi fans calling for him to start at fly-half ahead of Beauden Barrett in the lead up to the Rugby Championship last month, Mo’unga failed to light up Nelson with his normally consistent passing and kicking game.
Nerves may be one reason for his mixed performance, but this was certainly a chance for him to show why he is considered one of the best No10s in the Southern Hemisphere.
Linked well: His decision making with the ball in hand was solid, with some good short ball options, one of which paved the way for TJ Perenara’s opening try on 30 minutes. He looked confident when taking the ball into hand, linking well and getting his outside backs firing.
Place kicks: One of the sole shining lights from his display was his 87.5 per cent success rate from place kicks (seven out of eight), an area where Barrett’s game certainly needs improving. However, this isn’t enough to warrant a place in the starting line-up on a regular basis.
Defence: His 81 per cent tackle success rate may look solid on paper, but it was his poor defensive read for Ramiro Moyano’s try that will stand out when he reviews his performance early next week.
Nehe Milner-Skudder will have to take some of the blame for stepping off his wing, but Mo’unga and Perenara should really have done better to deny the Jaguares winger skipping through for the Pumas opener. He also conceded four turnovers – all in the first half.
Overall game management: There’s no doubt Mo’unga is a class act but when you play behind the best fly-half in the world, it is always going to be difficult to make a telling impact.
The Christchurch man failed to stamp his authority for large spells of the game, unable to unleash his backline at pace, missing touch twice and knocking on when under pressure early in the second half.
15mins: Moyano picks up the ball and steps his way past Mo’unga and Perenara, making a show of both half-backs. An excellent individual score but a shocker from Mo’unga, in particular, who should have done better to stop the Pumas winger.
30mins: Mo’unga showed serious vision to flick the ball on to Damian McKenzie deep in the Pumas half. The Kiwi forwards gathered and Perenara exploited a gap on the side of the ruck to touch down.
44mins: More nerves from Mo’unga who failed to collect a kick through from Jeronimo de la Fuente, and a result, the Kiwis conceded a five metre scrum. Luckily, the away side failed to make use of this formidable scoring opportunity.
A mixed debut for Mo’unga.
Although his display in the second half far outweighed his poor contribution in the first 40 minutes, the Crusaders man will still be disappointed with his overall performance.
He missed two tackles, failed to make touch twice and conceded four turnovers in the first half alone, mistakes that are likely to give Steve Hansen and Co reason to offer McKenzie a run at No10 later in the tournament.
But, he stepped up after the break, and apart from one knock-on, ran the line well, linked play effectively and showed promise in trying to get his backs in better attacking positions.
It may not have been a consistent showing over the 80 minutes, but the Crusaders superstar will get more chances to prove himself over the next four weeks.