A Super Saturday of rugby action kicks off with a double bill of Rugby Championship before heading straight into the Currie Cup action. To start us off is probably the most important match of the day as South Africa take on the Wallabies in Perth.
The Wallabies have made late changes to their team, Tatafu Polota Nau coming in for the injured Stephen Moore, with Saia Fainga’a coming onto the bench. There is also a debutant in the backline with Dominic Shipperley getting his first taste of international action. Australia have lost two matches against New Zealand so far and will be keen to get some points at home against the Springboks.
The Boks have had their fair share of criticism after their disappointing draw to Argentina two weeks ago and will look to make amends against Australia, a match that will all but certainly determine who finishes second to the All Blacks in the this year’s Championship. Ruan Pienaar will relish a start in the 9 jersey while Francois Hougaard will have to prove his many talents playing on the wing for the first time in a while. Juandré Kruger will also look to cement his place in the team following the dropping of Andries Bekker.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Dominic Shipperley, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (captain), 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Scott Higginbotham, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Anthony Fainga’a.
South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.Tweet