5 Sep 2010

Beales steals last-minute historic victory for Wallabies

10:17 am on 5 September 2010

The Wallabies have beaten the Springboks 41-39 at Bloemfontein to consign South Africa to the Tri-Nations wooden spoon.

It's Australia's first victory on the high veldt in 47 years and came thanks to a last-minute, long-range penalty from Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale - a special birthday present for his under-fire coach Robbie Deans.

The Wallabies led 31-13 at half-time but the Springboks stormed back in a thrilling second half that was only sealed right at the death - and that despite a yellow card to Wallabies reserve hooker Saia Faingaa.

Faingaa's been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle on Springboks forward Flip van der Merwe in the 69th minute, after only being on the field four minutes.

The Australian was yellow-carded by English referee Wayne Barnes, sitting out the remainder of the Wallabies' heart-stopping win.

The All Blacks leave for Sydney today for the penultimate Tri-Nations clash with the competition already sewn up. A final dead rubber in Hong Kong on October 30th is reportedly set to be canned or moved to London if ticket sales don't pick up.