10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland were clearly second best in the opening half despite an early Tyrone Howe try and they were fortunate to be only ten points in arrears at half-time (20-10), the half closing with an injury-time Ronan O'Gara drop-goal.
In truth, Ireland looked well and truly out of it at that stage and they went further behind when Percy Montgomery landed a 51th minute penalty. However, Ireland then produced their best sustained passage of the entire match and a Brian O'Driscoll try in the 63rd minute - from a little chip through by replacement David Humphreys who also converted - left the Irish within a point of the lead.
South Africa had to defend fiercely to keep the Irish out and in the end Montgomery's final penalty secure the home side their win.