Elton Jantjies misses late penalty as South Africa draw with Australia

first_imgThe Observer Sean Ingle Rugby union Share on Pinterest Elton Jantjies missed a last-minute penalty as South Africa and Australia drew 27-27 in Port Elizabeth, their second draw in this year’s Rugby Championship after a 23-23 stalemate in Perth on 9 September.Jantjies had a chance to win it for the home side with a kick from a tight angle but the fly-half hit it well wide soon after slotting in an easier effort to bring the Springboks back level. Both sides scored three tries in an exhausting match at altitude with players on both teams looking as though they were out on their feet at the end of 80 minutes. Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Read more Rugby Championship Support The Guardian Share on Messenger match reportscenter_img Share on Twitter Australia rugby union team Since you’re here… Topics Lure of cash and fame leaves sport caught in concussion’s moral maze Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp South Africa rugby team Marika Koroibete, making his first start for the Wallabies, scored two tries but also gave away the penalty that might have led to his side’s defeat had Jantjies not squandered the chance.Australia opened the scoring with an 11th-minute try from Israel Folau but the Boks replied within eight minutes as Ross Cronje set up the score with a pass that the prop Ruan Dreyer took over the line.Two penalties from Bernard Foley and a reply from Jantjies had Australia 13-10 up at half-time, after which came four tries in the space of 14 minutes as the two sides crossed over twice each.The centre Jan Serfontein began the exchange in the 43rd minute as he dotted over after an initial burst down the wing by the flanker Siya Xolisi to see the Boks go ahead for the first time.But Xolisi missed a tackle four minutes later as Foley, winning his 50th cap for the Wallabies, set up a debut try for Koroibete.The winger Courtnall Skosan showed strength as he went over the line with two tacklers on top of him to restore South Africa’s lead in the 49th minute with Jantjies converting for a narrow four-point lead.Foley then again set up Koroibete for a third Wallabies try and the successful conversion from a difficult angle had the visitors three points ahead again.Poor handling cost South Africa chances in the final 15 minutes but Jantjies tied the score with a penalty after Australia’s winger Reece Hodge was penalised for holding on to the ball nine minutes from time.The Boks, looking for some redemption after their 57-0 thrashing in Auckland a fortnight ago, were then handed the opportunity for victory when Koroibete had his hands in a ruck but the kick was too difficult for Jantjies to convert.“It looked like nobody wants to win it,” said Australia’s captain, Michael Hooper. “It was good for the spectators but disappointing for us,” countered his Springbok counterpart, Eben Etzebeth.The result was enough to ensure that New Zealand retained the Rugby Championship before the World Cup holders’ match against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday night kicked off. last_img