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Jul 18, 2015

Rugby-Work-in-progress Wallabies take belief from win – Cheika

BRISBANE, July 18 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika admits the Wallabies remain a work in progress but thinks snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in their opening Rugby Championship encounter on Saturday will give them some well-needed self belief.

The Wallabies needed a try after the hooter from Tevita Kuridrani to rescue a match in which they had been second best to South Africa in several key areas for much of the evening.

Jul 18, 2015

Rugby-Springboks rue lack of experience after Brisbane heartbreak

BRISBANE, July 18 (Reuters) – The importance of experience in test rugby was driven home to Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer on Saturday when his patched up side were denied victory by a last-gasp Wallabies try at Lang Park.

Leading 20-17 with less than half a minute remaining on the clock, South Africa elected to recycle the ball rather than hoof it into touch, only to concede a penalty at the breakdown.

Jul 18, 2015

Kuridrani gives Australia last gasp win over Springboks

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Tevita Kuridrani scored a last gasp try to give Australia a dramatic 24-20 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener at Lang Park on Saturday.

The centre crashed over the line in a scrum of bodies after the hooter had sounded and it fell to the television match official to adjudge that he had grounded the ball.

Jul 18, 2015

Rugby-Kuridrani gives Australia last gasp win over Springboks

BRISBANE, July 18 (Reuters) – Tevita Kuridrani scored a last gasp try to give Australia a dramatic 24-20 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener at Lang Park on Saturday.

The centre crashed over the line in a scrum of bodies after the hooter had sounded and it fell to the television match official to adjudge that he had grounded the ball.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-Milner marks first start with Liverpool winner

BRISBANE, July 17 (Reuters) – Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hailed James Milner as a “class act” after the England midfielder scored the winner on his first start for the Premier League club in a 2-1 friendly win over Brisbane Roar on Friday.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Anfield on a free transfer from Manchester City at the start of the month, found the net 15 minutes from time to help his new club come from behind for a second win on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

Jul 17, 2015

Milner marks first start with Liverpool winner in Brisbane

BRISBANE (Reuters) – England midfielder James Milner scored the winner in his first start for Liverpool as the English Premier League club overcame Brisbane Roar 2-1 on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia on Friday.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Anfield on a free transfer from Manchester City at the start of the month, found the net 15 minutes from time to cap a fine performance and help his new club come from behind for the win.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-Milner marks first start with Liverpool winner in Brisbane

BRISBANE, July 17 (Reuters) – England midfielder James Milner scored the winner in his first start for Liverpool as the English Premier League club overcame Brisbane Roar 2-1 on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia on Friday.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Anfield on a free transfer from Manchester City at the start of the month, found the net 15 minutes from time to cap a fine performance and help his new club come from behind for the win.

Jul 17, 2015

Rugby-South Africa want win but defeat not a disaster – Matfield

BRISBANE, July 17 (Reuters) – South Africa lock Victor Matfield believes the Springboks will have plenty of time to put things right before the World Cup even if they lose their Rugby Championship opener against Australia on Saturday.

The 38-year-old World Cup winner will captain a patched up South Africa side against the Wallabies at Lang Park in the absence of regular skipper Jean de Villiers, who is one of a string of experienced players recuperating from injury.

Jul 17, 2015

Rugby-Cheika looking for passion and excitement from Wallabies

SYDNEY, July 17 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika hopes Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against South Africa marks the dawn of a new era of passionate and exciting Wallabies rugby that will make Australian fans proud of their team.

Ranked a once-unthinkable sixth in the world, and with the World Cup just a couple of months away, Australia desperately need a victory over the Springboks at Lang Park to snap a three-game losing streak and kickstart their season.

Jul 16, 2015

Rugby-Wallabies step back to leap forward in opener

SYDNEY, July 16 (Reuters) – Australia have turned back the clock in the hope of making a winning start to a Rugby Championship campaign for the first time when they meet a patched up South Africa side at Lang Park in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Wallabies last won their opening match of the southern hemisphere championship when they claimed the final Tri-Nations title in 2011, a similar truncated tournament to this one as it also fell in a World Cup year.

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