This test match is the Springboks’ 4th against Australia in Bloemfontein.
Bloemfontein clash – The Springboks (South Africa) head into Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies (Australia), Toyota Stadium (Vodacom Park) in Bloemfontein with a positive head-to-head record. I think Boks will defeat Wallabies in head-to-head stakes. Wallabies vs Boks Live, the two old rivals find themselves in familiar territory again so it is really a hard game for both team and Springboks will have enough in their armoury to overcome the Wallabies in Bloemfontein on Saturday 30 September 2017.
*South Africa vs Australia Sat 30th Sept – Rugby Championship 2017.
*Toyota Stadium/Vodacom Park/Free State Stadium.
*Mangaung/Bloemfontein, South Africa.
*Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 17:05.
*Live on Sky Sports Action from 3.30pm.
Tune in for the live action and analysis from the Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein on Saturday 30 September and enjoy the highlights.
In 2010 the Wallabies headed to South Africa in search of their first win in Bloemfontein since 1933, and what played out was a thriller. Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth was spared somewhat in the aftermath of his side’s 57-0 loss to the All Blacks two weeks ago, being subjected to just one question – what was it like playing the game?
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika too alluded to what he termed ‘mental obstacles’ earlier in the week as the Aussies chase a rare victory over the Boks on the Highveld. The Wallabies have won just three Tests overall at high altitude and just once in 54 years. But that may be the least of the Aussies’ problems. They will surely anticipate a massive backlash as the men in green and gold attempt to regain the fans’ confidence in their national rugby team.
15 Israel Folau, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes (from): 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Lukhan Tui, 21 Ned Hanigan, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Samu Kerevi, 24 Henry Speight
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6, Francois Louw, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende
Rugby Championship Results (2017):
Australia 34 New Zealand 54
South Africa 37 Argentina 15
New Zealand 35 Australia 29
Argentina 23 South Africa 41
New Zealand 57 South Africa 0
Australia 45 Argentina 20
Finally, I would like to say, neither the Springboks nor the Wallabies have managed to break the All Blacks’ stranglehold on the southern hemisphere’s premier rugby competition, the Rugby Championship. We will wait for the next battle – South Africa v New Zealand – 07 October, Cape Town and Argentina v New Zealand – 30 September, Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires.