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Australia beats South Africa to end 6-match losing streak

Associated Press Associated Press 10/09/2016
Michael Hooper of the Australian Wallabies, left, tackles South African Springboks player Faf de Klerk, center bottom, during the Rugby Championship match between the Wallabies and the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. (Dave Hunt/AAP Image via AP) © The Associated Press Michael Hooper of the Australian Wallabies, left, tackles South African Springboks player Faf de Klerk, center bottom, during the Rugby Championship match between the Wallabies and the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. (Dave Hunt/AAP Image via AP)

BRISBANE, Australia — Australia beat South Africa 23-17 on Saturday in a Rugby Championship match, ending a six-game losing streak that began with its defeat to New Zealand in last year's World Cup final at Twickenham.

The Wallabies, who lost three home tests in a row to England and then two to New Zealand home and away to open the Rugby Championship, trailed by a point at halftime in Saturday's match.

But the home side restricted South Africa to just a penalty in the second half and was paced by flyhalf Bernard Foley's try, two conversions and three penalties for a personal total of 18 points.

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