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Springboks announce adjusted line-up for Wallaby match

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There are four changes to the South African starting line-up to face Australia in Perth on saturday night (19, July). Drop-kick whiz Francois Steyn replaces the injured Adrien Jacobs at outside centre, hooker Schalk Brits replaces the suspended Bismark Du Plessis, while Conrad Jantjes and Pierre Spies get the nod over Percy Montgomery and Joe van Niekerk at fullback and No. 8 respectively. 

Neither van Niekerk nor Montgomery will be on the bench with Ryan Kankowski as the back-up loose forward, while Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has opted for only two backs on the bench in the form of scrumhalf/utility Ruan Pienaar and flyhalf Peter Grant. Replacement flanker Luke Watson is also missing from the 22, while two props Brian Mujati and Tendai (the Beast) Mtawarira appear on the bench. South Africa will also be fielding a third-choice hooker in Brits, with du Plessis having replaced injured Springbok captain John Smit. This means new reserve hooker Adriaan Strauss could make his test debut this weekend. 

This is the first Tri-nations match of 2008 for the Wallabies but will be the third in a row for the Springboks, who recorded a loss to New Zealand in the opening match but rebounded for an amazing win in the final few minutes of last weekend’s game in Dunedin. The Springboks will be firing after their win over the All Blacks, which was especially sweet for the Boks as they had not won in New Zealand for 10 years and it was only the fourth loss for the All Blacks at Dunedin’s House of Pain. However, the Australian’s will be well rested, while the Boks could be tiring after two heavy games for what is looking to be an exciting match in Perth.

Outside the Frame sees a South African win this weekend, of course being a huge Springbok supporter I always think they are going to win before any match. But looking through an objective view: the South African squad is full of players from last years world cup winning team, they are coming off a morale-boosting match, their gameplay is becoming much more all-rounded under new coach Peter de Villiers and they seem to be shedding their poor away record that has hindered them in past Tri-nation tournaments. The Wallabies on the other hand have not yet proved that their scrum is all that is should be and will struggle against a Springbok scrum that is looking as dominant as can be. The Australians are also still finding their feet with a few backline positions and even though it is a homeground match for them, Perth is full of South African expats who will no doubt be out in full colour following last weeks win. BUT, the Wallabies always have a knack for overcoming the odds and pulling out that last minute win. Plus, they have a highly-rated new coach in Robbie Deans who has just come from coaching the Super14-dominating Crusaders and whose free-flowing coaching style will no doubt suit wonder-kid Matt Giteau in his new international position as flyhalf.

 

Outside the Frame prediction: SA by 6 points.

 

Springbok Squad:

Run-on: Conrad Jantjes, JP Pietersen, Francois Steyn, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Ricky Januarie, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield (c), Bakkies Botha, CJ van der Linde, Schalk Brits, Gurthro Steenkamp. Reserves: Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira, Brian Mujati, Andries Bekker, Ryan Kankowski, Ruan Pienaar, Peter Grant.

 

Wallaby squad:

Run-on: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Hynes, Stirling Mortlock (c), Berrick Barnes, Lote Tuqiri, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Rocky Elsom, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill, Al Baxter, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Matt Dunning, Hugh McMeniman, Phil Waugh, Sam Cordingley, Ryan Cross, Drew Mitchell.

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Written by Dale Weber

Thursday, 17 July, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Posted in Rugby

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  1. It is ok DW there are still two more games for SA to get up!

    Better luck next time.

    NSW

    Monday, 21 July, 2008 at 8:30 am

  2. well, hi admin adn people nice forum indeed. how’s life? hope it’s introduce branch 😉

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    Friday, 26 December, 2008 at 7:09 am


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