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It was a difficult pill to swallow for Springboks fans last Sunday when the Wallabies got one over the World Champions in round three of the Rugby Championship.

Although this was one of the worst performances we have seen form the Boks, it went down to an injury time penalty from Cooper to seal an important win for the Wallabies.

It was a dismal performance from the Springboks and although many fans wanted to blame Pollard and Willemse for the loss, it was really the team that just did not pitch up.

Call it frustration for some things that happen on the field or their poor discipline which gave Cooper the chance to keep the Wallabies in the game with the boot, the Springboks as a match day squad was poor all over.

They never dominated any aspect of the game for long enough periods to put the pressure on the Wallabies and execution was just the cherrie on the Cale for a bad day at the office.

This week they will have to show why they are the number one team in the world and pitch up.

Springboks coach, Jacques Nienaber has made some changes to the match day squad for this second encounter with the Wallabies in Brisbane this weekend.

In the pack we see Marvin Orie combining with Eben Etzebeth this weekend in the second row due to concussion protocol being followed for Lood de Jager.

This is a huge opportunity for Orie to show his coaches and fans that he is capable to perform at this level.

Nienaber has also changed up his front row from last weekend with Trevor Nyakane taking his place again with Frans Malherbe and Bongi Mbonambi in the starting XV.

On the side of the scrum Kolisi is back in his number six number with Mostert on the other side. They will again be joined by Vermeulen who will pack down at number eight.

Although Pollard had a poor test last weekend, Nienaber kept his faith in his World Cup winning flyhalf who will again partner with Faf De Klerk this weekend.

Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am will again take their place in the midfield with Nienaber keeping his back three the same as last week with Le Roux, Mapimpi and Nkosi.

On the bench he decided on Kitshoff, Marx and Koch as his backup front row with Van Staden, Smith and Wiese again covering for his pack.

Jantjies and Willemse is again the only two backline players on the bench.

Nienaber will expect his pack to dominate better the set pieces and give better ball to his back and on attack he will want much better execution.

Discipline would have been the talk of the week, specially with the dangerous boot of Cooper which hurt the Boks last weekend. They can not afford to give away penalties this time around.

On do feel that the Boks need to pitch if they want to challenge this Aussies side who will have gotten plenty of confidence from last weeks win.

Rennie has also made some changes to his side for this one and it will be a special test for Hooper who will surpass George Gregan for most test as captain for the Wallabies on Saturday.

He will start the match with Swinton and Valetini as the loose trio again this weekend.

Slipper will also return to the starting XV and will join Taniela Tupou and Folau Fainga’a in the front row.

Radda and Philip will pack down in the second row to complete the tight five for the home side.

White will get a start at nine and will partner with man of the match last week Quade Cooper.

The midfield from the Aussies was brilliant last week and gave the Springboks plenty to think about on defence, and for that Samu Kerevi and Len Ikitau retained their spots in the starting XV.

Banks, Koroibete and Kellaway also retain their spots in the starting XV for this weekend.

This is setup to be a cracker of a test match and one to really look forward too.

This is not an easy one for the Springboks as they have only won three of 15 test matches in Brisbane since 1956. The game will be live on SuperSport at 09:05 with Matthew Carley the man in the middle.


Australia: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Jordan Petaia.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Mostert, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse.

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