Preview: South Africa v Australia


It will be part one of two for the Springboks this weekend when they take on Australia in Cape Town if they want to have any say in the Castle Rugby Championship this year.

The Australians have not won at Newlands for 20 years and do come into the game as heavy underdogs. Their performance against Argentinian in Perth, although in rainy conditions did not show that the Aussie have turn the table after two loses against the All Black and one at home against the Springboks.

Many believe that this game is seen as just a warm up game for the springboks for next Saturday’s clash against the All Blacks, but that will be a huge mistake.
Skipper James Horwill is back in the team and will bring not just his calmness but also help in facing up to the physical side of what the boks should bring.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer admitted that his focus this week has been on his team and how they can bounce back from losing their first game of the year.

“Our main focus this week is on ourselves and what we want to do, we believe that we are on the right track but we also need to keep our feet on the ground because we are still a long way from where we can be at our best so the whole mindset this week was to focus on where we want to go,” he said.

It does not matter what you want to bring into this game from past games or history, this is the number two in the world playing the number four in the world and it will be a difficult one for both teams.

The Boks do edge it for me because of the momentum they have and home ground advantage.

South Africa:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Chris Feauai-Sautia.

Date: Saturday, September 28
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT; 01.00 Sunday, September 29 AEST)
Expected weather: Cloudy but dry, high of 15 low of 10, 30km/h wind
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Pascal Gauzère (France)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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  1. I am more concerned about HOW we play tomorrow than anything else.

    Our season thus far.

    Italy – decent performance
    Scotland – pathetic performance
    Samoa – Decent performance
    Argentina – Good performance
    Argentina – pathetic performance
    Australia – Good performance (albeit only for twelve minutes)
    NZ – less said the better.

    Our four biggest areas of concern.

    Breakdown consistency, tactical kicking, service from the back of the ruck and missed tackles.

    Lets hope they all improve.

    I think Fourie du Preez will make a difference, although still not happy that we don’t expose our youngsters at nine, hopefully that will happen in November.

  2. @biltongbek: Two of your concerns should be sorted out with FDP their, he and Morne should be great for us together.

    Missed tackles is a mind set that each player needs to stand up and be counted for, I see the weather looks good fro Newlands tomorrow.