Springboks have blueprint to beat vulnerable All Blacks

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The draw was Australia's third against South Africa and first since 2001, with all three coming in Perth. That's what they're all about, ' said Springboks captain Eben Etzebeth after only the second draw between the two countries in 84 meetings.

Bernard Foley slotted his second penalty on the stroke of halftime to give the hosts a 13-10 advantage and the converted pushover try from Polota-Nau seven minutes into the second half extended the lead to 10 points.

Cheika could enthuse about the broad-shouldered 20-year-old being anything but shy in his Test debut against the vaunted Springboks and another fine display from midfield standout Kurtley Beale who was named man of the match.

"It was a bit of inconsistency in the way we got set for the scrum".

Hansen said he was glad for the defensive challenges his players had encountered, as it would force them to perform under pressure and try to exploit space elsewhere.

The result, two weeks after a 35-29 loss to the All Blacks in Dunedin, leaves the Wallabies with a draw and two losses. Kriel dribbled the ball for 25 meters and Hooper and Springboks winger Raymond Rhule gave chase.

Australia's head coach Michael Cheika follows the action during their Rugby Championship Test match against New Zealand in Sydney
Foley penalty earns draw for Australia

The lead was short-lived: Israel Folau won back Australia's restart, and Beale produced a dodge-and-weave run to touch down for a try.

Arnold and Scott Sio are the only players in the tight five to have started all three Rugby Championship matches and coach Michael Cheika is expected to name the ACT Brumbies duo again against the Pumas.

While the All Blacks have scored 19 tries in their three matches against Australia and Argentina, they have struggled with the line-speed of their opponents' defence this season and lacked fluency in attack.

Allister Coetzee's side were humiliated twice a year ago by the All Blacks, losing 41-13 in Christchurch before they were thumped 57-15 in Cape Town as Hansen's team ran in nine tries.

"I am however satisfied with the overall performance, because the team showed great character in their fightback. We also continue to scrum well and our lineout also functioned well, plus we saw a massive improvement in our mauling tonight".

A South Africa Rugby statement confirmed the injury and said Louw would arrive in New Zealand Monday ahead of the Springboks' Test against the All Blacks in Albany next weekend.

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