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The Australian Wallabies may have won last season's truncated Rugby Championship, but their reign is going to be a short one. It could even be effectively over on Saturday, should they lost at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane against the Springboks. The first two matches that they have played in defence of their title, have both ended in comprehensive losses to the World Champion All Blacks. In Round 1 in Sydney, they conceded six tries to their visitors, while scoring only one of their own, as they slipped to a crushing 8-42 defeat. Although the following week in Wellington the score was much closer, that was probably the result of the negative, damage limitation approach adopted by the Wallabies, as much as any improvement from the week previous. The final score being 9-29, and the try count 4-1 in favour of the All Blacks.

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The Wallabies have now lost six successive internationals, but have a good recent home record against the Springboks, whom they have beaten in six of the last seven games played on Australian soil. The South Africa have had a stumbling 2016, with an unconvincing 2-1 home series win against Ireland, a home win against Argentina which require a monumental last 10 minutes when they overturned a 13-23 deficit, followed by a 24-26 defeat in Salta in the return against Los Pumas.

Posted: 18th July 2015

 

Both South Africa and Australia will have high hopes of securing their first Rugby Championship title in 2015, given that they both play two out of three fixtures on home soil, in the shortened version of the tournament, necessitated by the World Cup in England. The two side face each other in Brisbane on Saturday in their opening fixture, and while defeat for either side would not be terminal to their chances of wrenching the crown from the All Blacks, it would make the task extremely difficult, even though both nations face New Zealand on home soil. The Springboks finished as runners-up in 2014, winning four of their matches, although one of their two defeats came against the Wallabies in Perth by 23-24. The last meeting in Brisbane saw the Boks outscore the home side 4-0 tries on their way to a 38-12 win in 2013.

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Both teams had indifferent tours to the Northern Hemisphere in late 2014, with the Boks winning and losing two matches, while the Wallabies only success in their four fixtures was in Cardiff against Wales. South Africa have the benefit of a warm up fixture last weekend, when they defeated a scratch World XV 46-10 at Newlands, which may just give them the edge in Brisbane, despite their record of only winning twice in their last seven visits to Australia.

Posted: 6th September 2014

 

After a week off the Rugby Championship returns on Saturday with Australia facing the Springboks at Patersons Stadium Perth while the All Blacks face Argentina. After opening the tournament in such encouraging fashion, with a drawn match against the All Blacks, that in truth they should have won, the Wallabies crashed and burnt in the return fixture at Eden Park, conceding 50 points, and being put very firmly in their place. Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie, has responded to that performance in Auckland, by making a number of changes to the side for the game in Perth. There are three personnel alterations, and a number of positional changes.

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Half backs Kurtley Beale and Nic White will warm the replacements bench, having been replaced by the Waratahs duo, scrum half Nick Phipps and fly half Bernard Foley. The third change is in the front row, where James Hanson starts at hooker. With the enforced retirement of Pat McCabe, Vice-captain Adam Ashley Cooper has moved to the wing, meaning a place at outside centre for Tevita Kuridrani. The South Africa currently head the table after two wins against the Pumas, although neither victory produced the sort of performance that suggests that they might topple the All Blacks, and the finals scores were close enough to give the losers a bonus point on both occasions.

Posted: 7th September 2013

Ewen McKenzie will be looking for his first win as Wallabies coach when they host South Africa in Brisbane this weekend. Watch Australia v South Africa live Rugby Championship streaming by joining watchliverugby.tv today. The Wallabies lost both their opening Bledisloe ties to New Zealand in Sydney and Wellington respectively. McKenzie has rung in the changes, the most prominent of which sees Reds playmaker Quade Cooper displace Matt Toomua at 10 and a switch from wing to full back for dual code international Israel Folau, with Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins taking the latter’s position on the wing.

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South Africa has made a few changes of their own too. The inspirational Bismarck du Plessis gets his first international start of the season. Bjorn Basson and Willie le Roux’s defensive frailties in Mendoza have seen the former drop out of the 22 and the latter move to wing, with Bulls full back Zane Kirchner starting at 15. There could be no better place than Suncorp Stadium for McKenzie to get his first Wallabies win. He has guided the Reds to many a triumph here and Brisbane is a fortress of sort for the Wallabies, with the Boks having never won here. Will Australia break South Africa’s winning run at the Rugby Championship? Watch Australia v South Africa online and find out.


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