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Preview – Springboks v Australia


The Wellington test is now in the history books and it should stay there now with the Springboks facing the Australian team in PE this weekend.

It is time to move on from the hype, if not, we may be in for a huge surprise this weekend. The Springboks will face a determine Australia team, who in some way in exactly the same position as where the Boks where before the All Black test.

The Aussies do not have a great record this far with 3 wins from 8 test this year. There are also increasing pressure on the team and the coaching staff for back home. We can be sure that they will come out fast and hard at the Springboks.

Australia also welcome back some key players in their team this weekend with Hooper, Pocock and Israel Folau who did not play in the test in Australia against the Springboks.

We can be assure that they will target to slow down the Springbok ball and fight for turnover which give any team a good platform to score tries.

They will also be trying to dominate the set pieces and it is clear they will target the scrums with the inclusion of Tupou in the front row.

Australia will need to win the collisions this weekend which make Notshe, Kolisi and Du Toit work very important in the Springbok setup.

Australia has enough fire power in their backline but without ball they will the best backline means nothing.

Reece Hodge and Matt Toomua will be a handful with ball in hand which will ask questions on our defence again.

The Springbok coach Erasmus made a few changes to his team for this weekend. He has mixed up his front row again and given Notshe the start at number eight after Whiteley suffered a groin injury.

I have never hide the fact that I am a huge Notshe fan and personally I hope he take this opportunity to show he is a test player but it can quickly be your downfall as well.

As it has been the norm this year, the Springboks will again run out with a new midfield combination. This is a worry as stated before that after 8 test we have change the midfield more than any other position in the team.

Erasmus needs to get his starting midfield now in place although it has been a problem with the amount of injuries he had in the midfield.

Kolbe get also his start at wing and this will be a good test to show if he is capable of playing at this level.

Although the Wellington test was great for our rugby it can also be the downfall this weekend.

Springbok coach Erasmus said the same this week “If we go week by week and say this game is so important, this game is so important then we will keep saying it until the World Cup final,” he said.

“For us if we can grow we should get the result tomorrow.

“If we can grow from what we did last week we should get the result.

“If we take a step backwards it’s going to be a tough game, a losing game probably.

“Every single week we must be better than last week.”

We ran a poll on twitter and ask what the Boks must do to show us that they are improving as a team.

Prediction: There is a a lot of if’s for this test but we believe the Springboks will beat Australia by 9 points

The teams:

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier , 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse

Australia: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Rob Simmons, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17:05 local
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)

Some Stats:

Handré Pollard needs six points to reach 100 tournament points in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Tendai Mtawarira will play in his 20th Test match against Australia

It will be a first Test against Australia for the following players: André Esterhuizen, Cheslin Kolbe, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Marco van Staden, Embrose Papier and Damian Willemse

South Africa has played in five Test matches in this stadium. Their record: P: 5; W: 4; D: 1; PF: 143; PA: 53; TF: 14; TA: 5; Average score: 29-11; Win%: 80%.

It will be the Wallabies’ fifth visit to Port Elizabeth for a Test match against South Africa. They last played here 45 years ago when John Thornett’s touring side squared the Test series 2-2 in 1963. The previous four Tests were all won by South Africa.

What Rassie had to say after his team announcement




  1. Cannot remember the Wallabies ever being written off by the bookies like this. I suppose they have never been last in TRC nor ranked 7th in the world before either. But best the Boks change their ploy of holding players back from the rucks like they did against the AB’s as the Wallabies play a totally different break-down game. Gifting them almost 100% of their own rucks like last week might be a big mistake.

  2. I expect the AB’s to have spotted that and will use the pick-n-go up the middle more to suck in the ‘spreading’ defenders and open up gaps on the two defensively vulnerable wingers. I doubt the angry Lebbo has the nouse to make that adjustment.

  3. @bryce_in_oz: Which is exactly what I said earlier Bryce. They must use the rush again, but with small changes, it is just to easy to counter if expected. I still hope they stay a foot behind the ruck, makes the rush better, but we have to make some other changes. For instance at line outs. And rucks we can have the wings run back to cover the whole time, change it up.

    “doubt the angry Lebbo has the nouse to make that adjustment” In SA we tend to have always looked at Aus as the smartest team we play against, which has allowed them to punch way above their weight. It seems though the current staff rely on passion, gees and working guys up rather than rugby smarts.

    Also with pooper playing, both really good opensides, you lack a true 8. Beale tends to crawl sideways at 10, so I hope they play toomua at 10 on attack, beale is much better with the extra time at 12 on attack.

    Anyway, I hope for a cracker of a match, with the Boks winning

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