BRISBANE - South Africa have busted their Australian east-coast hoodoo in style by hammering the outmuscled Wallabies with a record 38-12 Rugby Championship victory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
The Wallabies slumped to their fourth straight Test loss — their worst streak in four years — in a bitterly disappointing display in front of 43,715 stunned fans on Saturday night.
Never before had Australia lost to the Springboks in seven meetings at the old Lang Park but that unbeaten record was dead in the water with 20 minutes to play.
The Boks dominated the scrum, the collisions and the breakdown throughout to lay the platform for a four-tries-to-nil drubbing that gave the visitors their biggest win against the Wallabies on Australian soil. It more than doubled the margin of their previous best — 18-6 at the SCG in 1971 — and also gave the South Africans their first win on the east coast in 14 matches since the code went professional in 1996.
The Wallabies had aimed to run the big Boks pack into the ground but were badly beaten at the breakdown and consistently under pressure at scrum time.
Instead it was the South African backs who lit the game up with a three-try blitz in eight minutes to blow the home side away midway through the second half.
Although they were unable to go close to scoring in the first hour, Australia were still in the contest at 19-12 before Boks skipper Jean de Villiers started and finished a brilliant blind-side raid.
Australia failed to get any attacking rhythm or momentum with the visitors' defence holding firm, and their forwards forcing a string of penalties and turnovers at the breakdown — the area the Wallabies traditionally dominate.