Australia and South Africa meet for the fourth date of the Rugby Championship, on Saturday live from 3.50 on Star +

Australia and South Africa meet for the fourth date of the Rugby Championship, on Saturday live from 3.50 on Star +

After what was the agonizing triumph of the Wallabies by 28-26, Australia and South Africa they will see each other again this Saturday, for the fourth day of the Rugby Championship. The meeting, which will be played at the Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane) will start at 3.50 in the morning of Argentina and can be seen on Star +, and also available on ESPN.

Both selected will be face to face again. The Springboks will want to recover from the fall to face both games against the All Blacks, while the Wallabies they will go in search of a new triumph from the hand of Quade Cooper, who will be the owner again.

HOW DO THEY GET THERE: After the much celebrated triumph of the Wallabies against South Africa, the rematch is awaited with much expectation even in Brisbane, a city much closer to the rugby fan than Gold Coast. Australia cut the series of three consecutive defeats against the All Blacks and also scored with a great victory against the last world champions. For the Springboks the game was uncomfortable throughout. They never had it easy and when it seemed that they took it, in the last ball, a fan of Nic White generated the infraction that Cooper finally converted to turn the result and keep the game.

WHAT DO THEY SEEK: With New Zealand as the absolute leader and waiting for crosses against the Springboks, next weekend’s duel will define part of the fate of Australia and South Africa in the tournament. If the Wallabies win again, they will not only put the world champions in trouble but they will face the crosses against Argentina with another expectation. For Jacques Nienaber there were no excuses, his team lost well. Focusing on the mistakes made will be the goal to face what they have left with a chance to fight for the title.

THE KEYS: Quade Cooper’s performance was decisive last weekend. One hundred percent of effectiveness in his deliveries to the sticks (he scored seven penalties and the conversion of the only local try) a lot of coldness and concentration to add the penalty that decided the game from far away. In addition, the merit of Dave Rennie’s team was to endure 20 minutes with one player less, and that he suffered two yellows, Philip and Fainga’a. In South Africa a certain deconcentration was noted. They made many penalties that paid very expensive with points against. The maul was once again his best weapon, with the tries of Mbonambi and Marx. The inexperience of Herschel Jantjies, in the last play, cost them the game.

BACKGROUND: It is not easy for South Africa to visit Australia. Since 1998 he has only been able to celebrate at the home of the Wallabies four times: 14-13 in 1998, 22-19 in 2005, 32-25 in 2009 and 38-12 in 2013, the last victory in the Rugby Championship. For the Australians it was the 38th win on record, putting them ten wins behind the Springboks.


AUSTRALIA: 1. James Slipper, 2. Folau Fainga’a, 3. Taniela Tupou; 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Matt Philip; 6. Lachlan Swinton, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Rob Valetini; 9. Nic White, 10. Quade Cooper; 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Samu Kerevi, 13. Len Ikitau, 14. Andrew Kellaway; 15. Tom Banks.

Alternates: 16. Feleti Kaitu’u, 17. Angus Bell, 18. Tom Robertson, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Reece Hodge and 23. Jordan Petaia.

SOUTH AFRICA: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse

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