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The third round of the six-game Rugby Championship for the four southern hemisphere nations saw Australia defeat South Africa in Brisbane while New Zealand had a tougher time against Argentina at home in Nelson.
The Wallabies broke a four-match losing streak with a 23-18 victory against the Springboks. The win staved off the possible firing of Aussie coach Michael Cheka. Had Australia lost it would have dropped them to seventh in World Rugby's ranking, an all time lowest placement averted with the win.
The Springboks led 18-17 at the half in a rain soaked field than inhibited open play. A strong Wallaby defense left their opponent scoreless in the second half. Australia prevailed 23-18 at the whistle. This rivalry also witnessed the home fifteen winning the Mandela Challenge Cup.
In the past ten years, the Wallabies stand 13-9-2 overall against the Springboks.
A gloomy note for Australian rugby: the Brisbane stadium was half filled for this Test match.
Across the Tasman Strait, the All Blacks continued undefeated with a 46-24 win against the Pumas. The first score was nifty run and swerve by Argentinean wing Movano. New Zealand quickly recovered and went into dressing room leading 18-7 at the break. The Kiwis added 28-second half points for the win and a bonus point in the Championship.
Argentina played an open attacking game, which resulted in 151 All Black tackles versus 105 for the Pumas.
Argentina are zero wins for the historic series against the dominant All Blacks. The Pumas have but one draw in 1965.