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Article Published: Thursday 26 September 2013


Australia arrived in South Africa having ended a losing streak in the Rugby Championship but still under a cloud following the suspension of winger James O'Connor.

The Wallabies moved off the bottom of the Rugby Championship standings with their victory over Argentina in the last round but that result showed that they have much work to do.

Australia's forwards struggled in their 14-13 victory over Argentina's Pumas and will have a much tougher test this weekend as South Africa have named their big and physical pack again.

South Africa's Springboks are still reeling from their loss to the All Blacks in which Bismarck du Plessis was sent off only to have his red card withdrawn. The match result could have been a lot closer and would have no doubt finished as a nail biter but only die-hard Bok fans seem to believe that they would have won anyway.

The last time South Africa played Australia was just three weeks ago and they won with a record score so given the way Australia have struggled this year at home few are predicting a Wallaby victory this weekend.

South Africa's Springboks have played Australia's Wallabies 77 times and they have won 43 times which gives them an overall record of winning 56% of the matches.

The average score when South Africa play Australia across all venues is South Africa 19 Australia 18.

The Springboks have hosted Australia in South Africa 41 times since 1933 and they have won 31, lost 10 and drawn none.

That gives South Africa a record of winning 76% of their matches against Australia in South Africa.

The average score when South Africa host Australia is South Africa 22 Australia 14.

From those 41 matches played on South African soil 10 matches have been played at Newlands which is the venue this weekend.

South Africa have won 7 matches and lost three matches against Australia in the Cape Town stadium Newlands.

The average score when South Africa play Australia at Newlands is South Africa 16 Australia 14.

To combat South Africa's physicality Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has beefed up his pack and regular captain James Horwill returns to the starting line up.

O'Connor has been replaced on the wing by Adam Ashley-Cooper and Tevita Kuridrani will make his debut opposite Jean de Villiers who will be winning his 91st cap.

Brumbies half back Nic White has retained his place ahead of Will Genia

The Springboks have given a first start to Fourie du Preez since 2011 and Bismarck du Plessis has been rotated with Adriaan Strauss starting at hooker.

Morne Steyn and Jannie du Plessis will be winning their 50th caps for the Springboks.

South Africa's home advantage would ordinarily be a significant factor in predicting the result for this match but as Australia have shown few signs that they have adapted to new coach Ewen McKenzie's game few are predicting an Australian win this weekend.

The Bookies have given Australia a 12 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Whilst an improved Wallaby performance can be expected South Africa should still win comfortably by 14.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: South Africa 19 Australia 18

Last five results
07 Sep 2013 SAF v AUS 38-12 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
29 Sep 2012 SAF v AUS 31-8 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
08 Sep 2012 SAF v AUS 19-26 Subiaco Oval, Perth
09 Oct 2011 RWC Quart SAF v AUS 9-11 Westpac Trust, Wellington
13 Aug 2011 SAF v AUS 9-14 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

South Africa's overall record against Australia
Played 77, Wins 43,Losses 33, Draws 1

Match No.9 : South Africa v Australia
Date : 28 Sept 2013
Venue : Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
Referee: Jerome Gaes
Assistant Ref 1:Nigel Owens
Assistant Ref 2:Pascal Gauzere
TMO : Graham Hughes

Teams

South Africa

15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Willie le Roux , 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Jean de Villiers (c), , 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

Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane, Quade Cooper, Nic White, Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper

Replacements : Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Will Genia, Matt Toomua.

 
 
Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
1. New Zealand 4 3 0 1 105 51 54 2 16
2. South Africa 4 2 2 0 79 75 4 2 10
3. Australia 4 2 1 1 88 111 -23 0 10
4. Argentina 4 0 4 0 71 106 -35 3 3
                     
Updated each Monday in order to verify with officials
 
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