Saturday, September 28, 2013

AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA: Rugby Championship; Mandela Cup


Venue: Newlands, Capetown

Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

A lot of media talk this week has been about Jake White and James O’Connor. Not a lot has been said about this important rugby test. Australia must win ease away from the bottom of the table whilst South Africa eyes it’s big clash with New Zealand next weekend.

It’s difficult to see Australia bouncing back from their loss to South Africa in Brisbane. In that rugby testy match South Africa dominated up front with Australia unable to win enough ball to compete. The same could well happen here in Capetown.

A one-point win over Argentina at home is all the Aussie’s have in this competition. Team spirit has been affected by the James O’Connor saga. The return of skipper James Horwell will be a much needed boost. It will be interesting to see how the Brumbies’ mid-field lineup will fare.

South Africa will have to focus hard on this game. With some attention on New Zealand next weekend the South Africa’s will have to keep their game plan and speed up to scratch. A loss on concentration by South Africa could just be what the Aussie’s are looking for.

Last Five Encounters
07.09.2013 South Africa 38-12 in Brisbane (Mandela Cup; Rugby Champ.)29.09.2012 South Africa 31-8 in Pretoria (Mandela Cup, Rugby Champ.)08.09.2012 Australia 26-19 in Perth (Rugby Championship)
09.10.2011 Australia 11-9 in Wellington (World Cup, Quarter-final)
13.08.2011 Australia 14-9 in Durban (Mandela Cup; Tri Nations)

South Africa Last Five P 5, W 4, L 1
14.09.2013 v New Zealand L 15-29 in Auckland (Rugby Championship)07.09.2013 v Australia W 38-12 in Brisabne (Rugby Champ., Mandela Cup)24.08.2013 v Argentina W 22-17 in Mendoza (Rugby Championship)
17.08.2013 v Argentina W 73-13 in Bloemfontein (Rugby Championship)22.06.2013 v Samoa W 56-23 in Pretoria (Quadrangular Tournament)

Australia Last Five P 5, W 1, L 4

14.09.2013 v Argentina W 14-13 in Perth (Rugby Championship)
07.09.2013 v South Africa L 12-38 in Brisbane (Rugby Championship)24.08.2013 v New Zealand L 16-27 in Wellington (Rugby Champ.Bled. Cup)
17.08.2013 v New Zealand L 29-47 in Sydney (Rugby Champ. Bled. Cup)06.07.2013 v British and Irish Lions L 16-41 in Sydney

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: South Africa 6th, Australia 11th

IRB Ranking Points
South Africa 88.94, Australia 83.67

Prediction: South Africa by 19 points



South Africa

15   Zane Kirchner Leinster, Ireland
14   Willie le Roux  Griqualand West
13   JJ Engelbrecht  Blue Bulls
12   Jean de Villiers (capt.)  Western Province 
11   Bryan Habana  RC Toulonnais, France
10   Morne Steyn  Blue Bulls
9   Fourie du Preez Suntory, Japan
8   Duane Vermeulen  Western Province 
7   Willem Alberts  Natal Sharks
6   Francoise Louw  Bath, England
5   Flip van der Merwe  Blue Bulls
4   Eben Etzebeth  Western Province 
3   Jannie du Plessis  Natal Sharks
2   Adriaan Strauss  Free State Cheetahs
1   Tendai Mtawarira  Natal Sharks
16   Bismarck du Plessis  Natal Sharks
17   Gurthrö Steenkamp  Stade Toulousain, France
18   Coenie Oosthuizen  Free State Cheetahs
19   Juandré Kruger  Racing Metro 92, France
20   Siya Kolisi  Western Province
21   Ruan Pienaar  Ulster, Ireland
22   Patrick Lambie  Natal Sharks
23   Jan Serfontein  Blue Bulls
    HEAD COACH: Heyneke Meyer


15   Israel Folau  NSW Waratahs
14   Adam Ashley-Cooper  NSW Waratahs
13   Tevita Kuridrani ACT Brumbies
12   Christian Leali’ifano  ACT Brumbies
11   Joseph Tomane ACT Brumbies
10   Quade Cooper  Queensland Reds
9   Nicholas White  ACT Brumbies
8   Benjamin Mowen  ACT Brumbies
7   Michael Hooper  NSW Waratahs
6   Scott Fardy  ACT Brumbies
5   James Horwell (Capt.) Queensland Reds
4   Robert Simmons Queensland Reds
3   Benjamin Alexander  ACT Brumbies
2   Stephan Moore  ACT Brumbies
1   James Slipper  Queensland Reds
16   Saia Fainga’a  Queensland Reds
17   Benn Robinson  NSW Waratahs
18   Sekope Kepu  NSW Waratahs
19   Sitaleki Timani NSW Waratahs
20   Benjamin McCalman WA Western Force
21   William Genia  Queensland Reds
22   Matthew Toomua  ACT Brumbies
23   Christopher Feauai-Sautia Queensland Reds
    HEAD COACH: Ewan MacKenzie

If he comes off the bench Feauai-Sautia will make his test debut.

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