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Beale settles thriller

Kurtley Beale's late penalty helped Australia end a 47-year drought at South African altitude by snatching a dramatic 41-39 victory in Bloemfontein.

In a remarkable encounter at Vodacom Park, the world champions looked dead and buried shortly before half-time when they trailed 31-6 but a moment of inspiration from vice-captain Victor Matfield reinvigorated the hosts after he set up Jacque Fourie to score.

Further tries from Gurthro Steenkamp and Jean de Villiers added to a match haul of 24 points for Morne Steyn looked to have set Peter de Villiers' side up for the win before Beale's 55-metre kick from the right helped seal a first win on the Highveld for the visitors since 1963 when they beat South Africa in Johannesburg.


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