The Wallabies have snapped a six-Test losing streak to revive their Rugby Championship campaign with an encouraging 23-17 win against South Africa.
It wasn’t perfect, but tries from third-Test rookie Adam Coleman and Bernard Foley were all they needed to alleviate mounting pressure on coach Michael Cheika and his key on-field leaders, who stood tall on Saturday night at a rainy Suncorp Stadium.
Australia looked in huge trouble midway through the first half and were left shellshocked when an intercepted Foley pass eventually led to South Africa’s second try.
That put them behind 14-3 but, instead of letting that confidence-sapping moment consume them, they dug deep and returned fire.
Vice-captain Michael Hooper was named man of the match and put in a tireless shift to cap off a week in which his starting position had been the subject of fierce debate.
Five-eighth Quade Cooper also showed some tantalising flashes of his best and clearly relished his return to his home town in front of 30,327 supporters.