Rugby Championship 2018: Australia ease pressure on coach Michael Cheika with win over South Africa
|Australia (17) 23|
|Tries: Hooper, Toomua Cons: Toomua (2) Pens: Hodge, Toomua (2)|
|South Africa (18) 18|
|Tries: Mbonambi, Mapimpi Cons: Jantjies Pens: Jantjies (2)|
Australia eased the pressure on coach Michael Cheika by beating South Africa 23-18 in the Rugby Championship.
Michael Hooper and Matt Toomua tries for the Wallabies came either side of Mbongeni Mbonambi and Makazole Mapimpi going over for the Springboks, who took an 18-17 half-time lead in Brisbane.
Two Toomua penalties won the match as the hosts held off late pressure.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Sanchez became Argentina's record points scorer in a 46-24 defeat by New Zealand.
Australia had gone into the game on the back of two defeats by New Zealand and six defeats from seven games.
Cheika's side were also without David Pocock and star full-back Israel Folau because of injury, while they also suffered a late withdrawal when lock Adam Coleman pulled out for family reasons.
However, helped by some lacklustre Springboks play, they managed to secure their first win in week three of this year's four-nation series.
New Zealand overcome tough Argentina
|New Zealand (18) 46|
|Tries: Milner-Skudder, Perenara (2), Read, Frizell, Goodhue Cons: Mo'unga (5) Pens: Mo'unga (2)|
|Argentina (7) 24|
|Tries: Moyano, Sanchez, Boffelli Cons: Sanchez (3) Pens: Sanchez|
New Zealand were given a tough test but earned a hard-fought 46-24 win over Argentina.
Scrum-half TJ Perenara scored two tries for the All Blacks, while he also made a try-saving tackle on Matias Moroni.
Nehe Milner-Skudder, captain Kieran Read, Shannon Frizell and Jack Goodhue also scored tries for New Zealand.
Sanchez scored 14 points in the game to reach 655 in his career and surpass Felipe Contepomi as his country's highest Test scorer.
Sanchez scored one try - the others came from Ramiro Moyano and Emiliano Boffelli - and kicked three conversions and a penalty.