Saturday, September 8, 2012


South Africa v Australia in Perth (Rugby Champ; Mandela Cup)

Venue: Paterson’s Stadium

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)


Rugby Championship
Rugby Championship Trophy. Image thanks to

Both these teams in this competition or destined to scrap over second and third places. Neither have shown they are up near the play of the Kiwis. For Australia it is do-or-die, for South Africa a quiet little win would secure second place and restore some faith in the new selector and his style of play policy.

Australia has been cruelly hit by injuries. Take out original captain James Horwill, next-in-line captain David Pocock, James O’Connor, Stephan Moore and Drew Mitchell and your have the back-up players. Add in some out of form players like Quade Cooper,Kurtley Beale and even Will Genia, Australia’s lack of depth is being exposed. Coach Robbie Deans may not survive another loss. The Aussies desperately need a win.

South Africa has also been struggling. Coach Meyer has come under fire as his team and his rather old-fashioned style of play (kick and chase). A number of changes have been made in an attempt to bring a little more fire into the attack.

It will be an interesting rugby test match.

Last Five Encounters
09.10.2011 Australia 11-9 in Wellington (World Cup, Quarter-final)
13.08.2011 Australia 14-9 in Durban (Mandela Cup; Tri Nations)
23.07.2011 Australia 39-20 in Sydney (Mandela Cup; Tri Nations)
04.09.2010 Australia 41-39 in Bloemfontein (Mandela Cup; Tri Nations)
28.08.2010 South Africa 44-31 in Pretoria (Mandela Cup; Tri Nations)

Australia Last Five P 5, W 3, L 2
25.08.2012 v New Zealand L 0-22 in Auckland (Bledisloe Cup; Rugby Champ.)
18.08.2012 v New Zealand L 19-27 in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup; Rugby Champ.)23.06.2012 v Wales W 20-19 in Sydney
16.06.2012 v Wales W 25-23 in Melbourne
09.06.2012 v Wales W 27-19 in Brisbane

South Africa Last Five P 5, W 3, D 2, L 0
25.08.2012 v Argentina D 16-16 in Mendoza (Rugby Championship)
18.08.2012 v Argentina W 27-6 in Capetwon (Rugby Championship)
23.06.2012 v England D 14-14 in Port Elizabeth
16.06.2012 v England W 36-27 in Johannesburg
09.06.2012 v England W 22-17 in Durban

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Australia 3rd, South Africa 4th

IRB Ranking Points
Australia 86.05, South Africa 84.77

Prediction: This will be very close. Australia by 1 point



South Africa

15   Zane Kirchner Blue Bulls
14   Bryan Habana  Western Province Stormers
13   Jean de Villiers (capt.) Western Province Stormers
12   Frans Steyn Natal Sharks
11   Francois Hougaard  Blue Bulls
10   MornĂ© Steyn  Blue Bulls
9   Ruan Pienaar  Ulster, Ireland
8   Duane Vermeulen * Western Province Stormers
7   Willem Alberts Natal Sharks
6   Marcell Coetzee  Natal Sharks
5   Juandre Kruger  
4   Eben Etzebeth  Western Province Stormers
3   Jannie du Plessis  Natal Sharks
2   Adriaan Strauss  Freee State Cheetahs
1   Tendai Mtawarira  Natal Sharks
16   Tiaan Liebenburg  Western Province Stormers
17   Patrick Cilliers  Golden Lions
18   Flip van der Merwe  Blue Bulls
19   Francoise Louw  
20   Johaan Goosen * Free State Cheetahs
21   Patrick Lambie Natal Sharks
22   Lwazi Mvovo  Natal Sharks
    HEAD COACH: Heyneke Meyer

* Test debut



15   Kurtley Beale  Melbourne Rebels
14   Dominic Shipperley * Queensland Reds
13   Adam Ashley-Cooper  NSW Waratahs
12   Berrick Barnes  NSW Waratahs
11   Digby Ioane  Queensland Reds
10   Quade Cooper Queensland Reds
9   William Genia (Capt.) Queensland Reds
8   Radiki Samo  NSW Waratahs
7   Michael Hooper  ACT Brumbies
6   David Dennis  NSW Waratahs
5   Nathan Sharpe  WA Western Force
4   Sitaleki Timani  NSW Waratahs
3   Benjamin Alexander ACT Brumbies
2   Tatafu Polota-Nau NSW Waratahs
1   Ben Robinson  NSW Waratahs
16   Saia Fainga’a  Queensland Reds
17   James Slipper  Queensland Reds
18   Scott Higginbotham  Queensland Reds
19   Liam Gill  Queensland Reds
20   Nicholas Phipps Melbourne Rebels
21   Michael Harris Queensland Reds
22   Anthony Fainga’a  Queensland Reds
    HEAD COACH: Robbie Deans

* Test debut

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