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Australia Defeats South Africa 26-19 in Rugby Championship Match

Australia beat South Africa 26-19 to secure its first win in the inaugural Rugby Championship and seal a record fifth straight victory against the Springboks.

The Wallabies trailed 13-6 at halftime in Perth and rallied with second-half tries from loose forward Scott Higginbotham and prop Ben Alexander. Inside center Berrick Barnes kicked four penalties and two conversions for Australia’s other points.

Bryan Habana scored South Africa’s only try, while Morne Stenyn added two penalties and a conversion and Frans Steyn booted two penalties.

World champion New Zealand earlier beat Argentina 21-5 in Wellington to lead the standings with 12 points at the halfway stage of the tournament.

Wingers Julian Savea and Cory Jane scored tries for the All Blacks in the last 13 minutes to seal the win in wet and windy conditions at Westpac Stadium. Fly-half Aaron Cruden added the other 11 points with the boot, while prop Rodrigo Roncero drove over from close range for Argentina’s points.

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