The Springboks made an impressive comeback after another shocking first half, but this time fell short and failed to close the game as the Wallabies beat them 41-39 at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein.
The Boks trailed 13-31 at half-time and fought back to lead 39-38 with only 30 seconds remaining on the clock. Referee Wayne Barnes pinned the Boks at ruck time and Kurtley Beal slotted a heartbreaking penalty to win for the first time in Bloemfontein since 1933.
SOUTH AFRICA 39 – 41 AUSTRALIA (Half-time 13-31)
Tries: Jaque Fourie, Gurthro Steenkamp, Jean de Villiers
Conversion: Morne Steyn (3)
Penalties: Morne Steyn (6)
Tries: Kurtley Beal, James O’Connor, Stephan Moore, Rocky Elsom, Drew Mitchell
Conversions: Mat Giteau (4), James O’Connor
Penalties: Mat Giteau, Kurtley Beal