Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Elsom hails 'memorable' win

Rocky Elsom

Australia captain Rocky Elsom claims Saturday's last-gasp victory against South Africa was one of the most memorable Test matches of his career.

The Wallabies, who had not won at altitude in the country for almost 50 years, secured a dramatic 41-39 scoreline in Bloemfontein thanks to a late penalty from Kurtley Beale.

"It feels pretty good," Elsom said. "For a lot of reasons, that will be one of the more memorable matches I've played."

The hero of the hour, Beale, said the 55-metre kick was one of the highlights of his career.

At that stage, the home side looked like they were heading for the win after fighting back from a 31-6 deficit at one stage to lead 39-38.

"I didn't know who was supposed to take the kick. I was busy looking for Gits (Matt Giteau), but he'd left the field," said Beale.

"When I stepped up to take that final kick, I knew I couldn't let the boys down. The guys wanted me to take the kick and I knew I had to stick to the process and not worry about the crowd.

"It's definitely a career highlight. To win a match for the Wallabies, it doesn't get better."

South Africa captain John Smit had little sympathy for his defence, admitting it was the difference between the two teams.

"In this game the margins are small. The try right at end of the first half helped and I thought we started the second half well," said Smit. "Usually our defensive system works well, but it did not work. We only have ourselves to blame."