Boks trash Wallabies in Rugby Championship opener at Loftus

This was a display of power and purpose by the Springboks on their momentum-seeking mission ahead of a Rugby World Cup.

They thoroughly vanquished the Wallabies 43-12 at Loftus Versfeld in a performance that got the ‘Shosholoza’ stamp of approval from the stands as the final whistle drew close.

The Wallabies by contrast were ponderous, as their outsized pack and greater experience yielded little reward against the fired up Boks.

With a hat-trick of tries Kurt-Lee Arendse continued his remarkable scoring record for the Boks. He has now dotted down 1src times in eight Tests.

It was, however, also a day a man named Immanuel caressed the ball with hand and foot and became the darling of Loftus. Manie Libbok missed his first attempt at goal from long range but everything else about his game hit the spot.

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones had promised that this match, as spectacle, would be better than the Ashes. This Wallabies performance perhaps earned an urn.

Despite showing significantly more enterprise than the visitors, the Boks exerted greater control over the ball from the outset and were deservedly 17-5 up at the break.

The hosts’ forwards played with greater cohesion and they gradually took control as the heavy Wallabies p

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