Wallabies vs Springboks: Rugby Championship live scores, blog
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South Africa's Francois Steyn, left, attempts a tackle against Australia's Kurtley Beale, right, during the Tri-Nations Test match at Kings Park Stadium in Durban, South Africa, Saturday Aug. 13, 2011. Australia beat South Africa 14-9. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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South Africa Vs. Australia
2012 Rugby Championship, 30 September, 2012
|Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria|
|South Africa 31 defeated Australia 8|
|Referee: ACP Rolland|
|Touch judges: R Poite & G Garner|
Tonight, the Wallabies take on the Springboks in Pretoria at 1am AEST. Join us on The Roar for all the live blog, scores, updates and commentary.
As the Wallabies cross the white chalk tonight a week marred by off-field drama will finally be over.
The national anthems will play and 80 minutes of desperate, tough competition will commence between two proud rugby nations.
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer named a fresh looking side, with the possibility of six players 21 and younger seeing action.
Meyer has come under fire recently for the lack of evolution in the Boks play.
He has reacted by giving exciting prospect Johan Goosen his first Test start at fly-half.
Goosen brings with him extra emphasis on running the ball and giving room to men outside, something Morne Steyn has struggled to do this year.
Goosen can also kick goals from over 50m out, so the injury that may keep Francois Steyn out of the side won’t be felt in that part of the game.
The rest of the Boks’ changes are felt most on the bench where Coenie Oosthiuzen, Flip van der Merwe, Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute are featured. Van der Merwe is the only player of that bunch to see significant time in the dark green jersey previously.
All eyes will be on the team late in the match to see if the athleticism of the forward pack and the explosion of the back line are improved when the bench is emptied.
Australia will arrive at Loftus Versfield knowing it is a patch that South Africa has successfully defended against them on every occasion.
They will also know that their big high veldt break-through came in 2010 and overall under Deans there record in South Africa is three wins from six attempts.
Robbie Deans has also made an adjustment at fly-half, opting to put Kurtley Beale in the 10 jersey for the first time in his international career.
Quade Cooper is currently out with a knee injury and, given events during the week, Beale may have just been presented with an opportunity to seal this position as his for the near future.
The rest of the starting side for Australia is the same one that overran Argentina late in the game on the Gold Coast.
Nathan Sharpe is receiving his 110th cap this week, an outstanding achievement.
Now he is tied with George Smith as the most capped forward; only George Gregan has appeared in Wallabies colours more times.
Deans has flipped the bench back to his seemingly preferred five-two split between forwards and backs. The new name is Rob Simmons who will provide specialist lock coverage on the pine.
Everything is set for a passionate performance from the Wallabies and that will be more than matched by the Springboks where many new faces will be out to prove themselves.
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