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The second match in Rugby Championship Round 3 is in Brisbane where Australia’s Wallabies host South Africa’s Springboks.

Both teams have had to travel for this match but South Africa have done the most traveling as their last match was in Salta Argentina. They did however travel earlier than usual to get to Brisbane to reduce fatigue.

Australia’s last match was two weeks ago in Wellington which is a considerably shorter distance to travel.

Australia have yet to win a match in the Rugby Championship this season and they are on a six match losing streak having lost to the All Blacks in the World Cup final and then twice this year. In addition they also lost three matches to England in June.

South Africa are not enjoying their greatest form either. They were beaten by Argentina in their last outing and came close to a draw or a loss in Nelspruit the week before that. They were beaten by Ireland in June and were less than convincing in their two victories over Ireland.

Both teams will therefore be very eager to get a win under their belts but Australia will be that little more desperate as they are on a losing streak and it is crucial to win your home matches.

Australia have played South Africa 81 times since 1933 and they have won 35 matches or 43% of the contests. The average score regardless of the venue when these teams meet is Australia 17 South Africa 19.

Australia have played South Africa 36 times in Australia and they have won 23 times or 64% of the matches. The average score when Australia play South Africa in Australia is : Australia 21 South Africa 16.

The teams have met 13 times in Brisbane and Australia have won 10 matches and lost 3. This translates to them winning 77% of their matches. The average score when Australia play South Africa in Brisbane is : Australia 24 South Africa 15.

For this match Australia head coach Michael Cheika has made two forced changes. Reece Hodge comes in on the wing to replace veteran Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper who has been forced to return to France and his club side Bordeaux.

In the only other change, Dean Mumm will start at blindside flanker in his 49th Test and partner David Pocock and Michael Hooper in the backrow. Mumm replaces Scott Fardy.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has re-jigged his backline with former Bulls winger/scrumhalf Francois Hougaard coming in to replace Ruan Combrinck who was injured in the Springboks loss to Argentina in Salta.

In other changes to the backline Jesse Kriel comes in for Lionel Mapoe while Hougaard’s fellow Olympic Sevens partner Juan de Jongh comes into the starting line up replacing Damien de Allende.

The starting forward pack has been retained from the loss to Argentina with the exception of Vincent Koch who has been replaced by Lourens Adriaanse.

The Bookies have given South Africa a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. There is little doubt that Australia are struggling but they will have home advantage and South Africa have yet to settle into their game. Australia should edge this by 2.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Australia 17 South Africa 19

Last five results
18 Jul 2015 AUS v SAF 24-20 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
27 Sep 2014 AUS v SAF 10-28 Newlands, Cape Town
06 Sep 2014 AUS v SAF 24-23 Subiaco Oval, Perth
28 Sep 2013 AUS v SAF 8-28 Newlands, Cape Town
07 Sep 2013 AUS v SAF 12-38 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Australia’s overall record against South Africa
Played 81 , Wins 35, Losses 45 , Draws 1

Match No.6:Australia v South Africa
Date : 10 Sep 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 20.05
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Ref 1:Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Ref 2:Pascal Gauzere (France)
TMO : Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Teams

Australia

1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore (c),3. Sekope Kepu ,4. Kane Douglas,5. Adam Coleman ,6. Dean Mumm ,7. Michael Hooper,8. David Pocock ,9. Will Genia ,10. Quade Cooper ,11. Reece Hodge ,12. Bernard Foley ,13. Samu Kerevi,14. Dane Haylett-Petty ,15. Israel Folau ,

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau , James Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold , Lopeti Timani*, Sean McMahon , Nick Phipps ,Tevita Kuridrani , Drew Mitchell

*denotes uncapped player
**One to be omitted

South Africa

15 Johan Goosen, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Francois Hougaard 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Lourens Adriaanse 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements : 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Morne Steyn, 23, Lionel Mapoe

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