31 Aug 2009

South Africa too strong for Australia in Tri-Nations

8:03 am on 31 August 2009

South Africa has moved closer to wrapping up rugby's Tri-Nations with a 32-25 win over Australia in Perth.

The unbeaten Springboks scored four tries to seal their first bonus point of the season and extend their lead over New Zealand at the top of the standings to nine points with two games remaining.

Australia replied with three tries to earn a bonus point for losing by seven but their fourth straight defeat left them out of the running for this year's title.

Halfback Fourie du Preez and centre Jaque Fourie both scored tries inside the first 10 minutes for the Springboks before wing Bryan Habana added two. They led 22-6 at half-time

Matt Giteau scored two tries in a personal haul of 20 for the Wallabies with wing Lachie Turner scoring their other try.