Herschel Jantjies scored a brace on a memorable debut as South Africa secured a 35-17 win over Australia in their opening Rugby Championship clash at Johannesburg's Ellis Park.

Jantjies put the hosts ahead after just seven minutes before Lood De Jager extended the Springboks' advantage.


Dane Haylett-Petty gave Australia hope with his side's opening try of the evening to leave them trailing 14-10 at the interval.

But South Africa dominated after the break. Sibusiso Nkosi got his name on the scoresheet with 55 minutes gone.

Jantjies then went over for a second time before substitute Cobus Reinach sealed a convincing bonus-point victory in the closing seconds.