The Wallabies stopped the rot with a desperately needed 23-17 win over the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium, ending a six-Test losing streak.
The early signs weren’t good for Michael Cheika’s embattled side, however, falling 14-3 behind after Warren Whiteley scored in the third minute and Johan Goosen finished off a brilliant counterattacking movement in the 17th.
Will Genia put young lock Adam Coleman over for Australia’s first try, before Bernard Foley’s second penalty reduced the halftime deficit to just one point.
Foley edged the Wallabies into the lead for the first time, 16-14, just after the break, before slipping through for a decisive try in the 62nd minute. A solitary penalty was South Africa’s only contribution to the second-half scoring.
The Wallabies now face a confident Argentina side in Perth on Saturday, while the Springboks travel across the Tasman for a daunting assignment against the All Blacks in Christchurch.