Friday, August 7, 2009

Rugby Test Match: South Africa v Australia

Australia v South Africa in Capetown (Tri Nations)

Newlands Rugby Ground

It's difficult to see beyond a South African win here. Australia has struggled in the forwards against the All Blacks and the All Blacks have struggled against South Africa. Unless the Aussies play a blinder and the Springbox have a dreadful day I can't see Australia winning.

A win here will put South Africa firmly in control of the competition with a win away in the next three weeks sealing the trophy. The last time Australia played in South Africa was late August last year. They lost 8-53!

Last Five Encounters
30.08.2008 South Africa 53-8 in Johannesburg (Tri Nations)
23.08.2008 Australia 27-15 in Durban (Tri Nations)
19.07.2008 Australia 16-9 in Perth (Tri Nations)
07.07.2007 Australia 25-17 in Sydney (Tri Nations)
16.06.2007 South Africa 22-19 in Capetown (Tri Nations)

GWC Rugby Rankings: World Table-South Africa 1st, Australia 3rd

Prediction: South Africa by 13 points


Morne Steyn has been South Africa's key player against the All Blacks. Can he cause the demise of the Wallabies as well?
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South Africa:
15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit (c), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Adi Jacobs.
Head Coach: Peter de Villiers


Ali Baxter will lead the Australian front row in their battle with the Springbox.
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Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 George Smith, 6 Richard Brown, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 James Horwill, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 David Pocock, 20 Will Genia, 21 Peter Hynes, 22 James O'Connor.
Head Coach: Robbie Deans

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