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South Africa and Australia meet in Round 5 of the Rugby Championship at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday. After winning their opening fixture of the tournament at home to Argentina, when they had to stage a late rally to earn a 30-23 victory, the Springboks have lost three successive fixtures, all of which have been away from home. Firstly losing the return match against the Pumas, before going down to Saturday’s opponents by 17-23, and two weeks ago 13-41 to the All Blacks. That sequence of results has seen the Springboks slip to third in the table with six points, leaving them three behind the Wallabies. With the All Blacks way out in front, and having already secured the title.
The Wallabies lost their opening two games of the tournament, both against the All Blacks, which extended a run of defeats to six for the World Cup runners up. However, they have bounced back to claim back to back wins against South Africa in Brisbane, when they trailed 3-14 early on, and Argentina in Perth in their most recent outing, when they rushed into a 21-0 lead, before finally winning 36-20. If the Wallabies make it three straight wins on Saturday, it will be a first success on South African soil since 2011, when the competition was still known as the tri-series, as the Argentina side had still to be admitted.
Posted: 27th September 2014
The Rugby Championship returns on Saturday with the Springboks hosting Australia at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. In the last round of matches, the Australians just managed to hold off the improving Pumas from Argentina on the Gold Coast winning by 32-25, while South Africa were disappointed to miss the chance of beating the All Blacks in Wellington, losing a brutally contested fixture by 10-14. The home team have made two changes to their starting XV. Bringing in rookie flanker Teboho 'Oupa' Mohoje to replace the injured Francois Louw, a controversial selection, as many expected veteran Schalk Burger to be handed the number seven jersey. It has been alleged that coach Heyneke Meyer has been pressured into selecting the rookie Cheetahs flanker on racial grounds rather than on ability. The other change sees Francois Hougaard starting at scrumhalf in place of the injured Ruan Pienaar.
The Wallabies welcome back their mercurial vice-captain Adam Ashley-Cooper who has recovered from a nerve compression injury, which caused him to miss the Pumas fixture two weeks ago. Scrumhalf Will Genia, prop Benn Robinson and hooker Saia Fainga'a are also in the touring party, although the Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is still to confirm his match-day squad.
Posted: 28th September 2013
After losing their last game to New Zealand, South Africa looks to secure a victory, and thus equal their points with the Kiwis, as they face Australia in another championship match, this Saturday. The South Africans will host Australia at Cape Town. South Africa would feeling pretty disappointed and furious for their last defeat, as an illegitimate yellow card to Bismarck Du Plessis meant they were reduced to 14 players, and thus lost the game. They will be looking to revenge that defeat by winning their next encounter against the Australians. Fourie Du Preez returns to the South African fold, and this will be a great boost for the team, as Du Preez skills are not hidden from anyone. Ruan Pienaar is expected to make way for Du Preez, and Adriaan Strauss is also likely to play in place of the unlucky Du Plessis.
Australia is sitting at the third place in the table, and will be hoping to build on the win against Argentina, this Saturday. However, they face the tough South Africans, and so they will need to play above their potential, to secure a victory. James Horwill comes in place of Ben Mowen. He will also take charge of the team, this Saturday. Tevita Kuridrani is also expected feature on the playing field. Few other minor changes are expected in the lineup, as Australia hope to compete with the strong South Africans.
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