Super Rugby


9/29/2013

Feauai-Sautia puts in a promising performance in Test debut


St.George Queensland Reds livewire Chris Feauai-Sautia has made an impressive start to his test career overnight, scoring Australia’s only try in the Wallabies 28-8 loss to the Springboks in Cape Town. 
 
In his debut Test, Feauai-Sautia has shown he can match it with the best at the next level, combining with Reds teammate Quade Cooper to score a try in the dying stages of the match. 
 
First Cooper put Toomua away after some quick thinking on his own try line and then from the resulting lineout, Cooper superbly cross-kicked to an unmarked Feauai-Sautia who crossed out wide.
 
Despite the late efforts of the Wallabies backs, the Springboks proved strong at home in Cape Town, and held a 28-3 lead before Feauai-Sautia’s late try. 
 
During the first half, the game was turned on its head as the Boks poured on twenty unanswered points in less than eight minutes.
 
The Wallabies fought back well but before they could turn their resistance into points. 
 
Although dominating the scrums early in the second half the Wallabies were unable to capitalise on their opportunities, as Will Genia came on for White to add some extra spark at the base of the ruck.
 
The move paid dividends with the Wallabies starting to look a lot better with the ball in hand and threatening the Boks defensive line. 
 
Coach Ewen McKenzie continued to use his bench, bringing on Ben McCalman for Scott Fardy and 19-year-old Feauai-Sautia making his Test debut coming on for Joe Tomane.
 
The Wallabies continued to attack on the back of a big hit from Mowen and sustained pressure in the South African 22 saw Boks No.8 Duane Vermuelen yellow carded on 66 minutes. . 
 
The Wallabies bench was then emptied as Matt Toomua came on for his Brumbies team mate Leali’ifano, as Timani was sent to the bin for deliberate use of the shoulder.
 
Toomua then combined with Cooper to set up Feauai-Sautia for his debut Test Try. 
 
The Boks threw everything they had at the Wallabies in the final moments in a desperate search of a precious bonus point try but Australia held strong.
 
The Wallabies now travel on to Rosario in Argentina where they play the Pumas next weekend in their final match of the 2013 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship, while the Boks meet the All Blacks in a likely Tournament decider in Johannesburg.
 
CASTROL EDGE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Full Time Score:
Springboks 28 (Adriaan Strauss, Zane Kirchner, Willie Le Roux tries; Morne Steyn 3 penalties, 2 conversions) defeated Qantas Wallabies 8 (Chris Feauai-Sautia try; Christian Leali’ifano penalty) at Newlands, Cape Town. (Half Time: South Africa 23 Qantas Wallabies 3) (Referee: Jerome Garces [France])

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