Springboks boosted by Habana hat-trick

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Bryan Habana was in great form as South Africa defeated Australia
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Bryan Habana was in great form as South Africa defeated Australia

Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick of tries to lead South Africa to an impressive 31-8 victory over Australia in Pretoria in the latest round of the Rugby Championship.

Habana, South Africa's record try-scorer, touched down in the first half and added two more in the second, while Zane Kirchner and Francois Louw also crossed as the Springboks maintained their 100 per cent record against Australia at Loftus Versfeld with a sixth win out of six.

The remainder of the home side's points came from the boot of scrum-half Ruan Pienaar, who converted three of the five tries, as South Africa earned a second victory in five matches to lift them into second place on 12 points behind leaders New Zealand.

Australia, whose points came from an unconverted second-half try from Mike Harris and a Kurtley Beale penalty, are third in the standings on eight points after slumping to their third loss.

The Wallabies were badly hit by injuries in Saturday's defeat, though, and used all seven substitutes during the match before playing the final nine minutes with just 14 men.

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