Victor Matfield fittingly runs out for his 100th game in front of his home crowd on Saturday, when the Springboks take on Australia for no more than pride in the Tri Nations outing, after New Zealand took the trophy home after their last minute victory over the Boks.
The Bok coach has made a few changes to the team that disappointingly lost last weekend, with the much publicised Frans Steyn return to the fullback position. Jaque Fourie also returns to the centre position for an attacking looking backline.Amongst the forwards we see no changes.
The Australians will come into this match with some confidence, after watching the All Blacks beat the Boks at altitude, and will be looking to do much the same.
2010: Australia won 30-13, Brisbane
2009: Australia won 21-6, Brisbane
2009: South Africa won 32-25, Perth
2009: South Africa won 29-17, Cape Town
2008: South Africa won 53-8, Johannesburg
2008: Australia won 27-15, Durban
2008: Australia won 16-9, Perth
2007: Australia won 25-17, Sydney
2007: South Africa won 22-19, Cape Town
2006: South Africa won 24-16, Johannesburg
2006: Australia won 20-18, Sydney
2006: Australia won 49-0, Brisbane.
South Africa: 15 François Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 François Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Butch James, 22 Juan de Jongh.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Benin Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 James Slipper, 18 Ben McCalman, 19 Scott Higginbotham, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Anthony Faingaa.
Date: Saturday, 28 August 2010
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Expected weather conditions: Clear with a high of 27°C, dropping to 9°C and a light wind from the north, dropping – a perfect Highveld day for rugby
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)