Match Preview: South Africa vs Australia

South Africa will take on Australia in the last game of the 2006 Tri Nations at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

As far as the Tri Nations points table goes this match won’t make any difference to the positions of the teams. With New Zealand already assured of first place, Australia secure in second place as even if the Springboks with and get a bonus point they will still be behind Australia.

The Boks have home advantage and are coming off a high after last weeks victory over the All Blacks. Coach Jake white was forced to make one change due to winger Bryan Habana being unable to play because of mild concussion. Which means that JP Pietersen will come in at fullback to make his test debut and a reshuffle of the backs.

The changes won’t have a big effect on the South African team who will be looking to follow up their previous victory.

Australian coach John Connolly has made just two changes to his starting line up. With winger Cameron Shepherd replacing Lote Tuqiri who is out suspended for a dangerous tackle. Ben Robinson making his test debut as loosehead prop after showing good form in the Super 14.

The Wallabies will be looking to end their Tri Nations on a high note after beating the Springboks 20-18 in their last test match.

The game will be close, but home advantage to the Boks should be too much for the Wallabies to overcome.

South Africa: JP Pietersen, Akona Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Wynand Olivier, Andre Pretorius, Fourie du Preez, Pedrie Wannenburg, AJ Venter, Pierre Spies, Victor Matfield, Johann Muller, BJ Botha, John Smit, Os du Randt

Australia: Chris Latham; 14-Clyde Rathbone, 13-Stirling Mortlock, 12-Matt Giteau, 11-Cameron Shepherd; 10-Stephen Larkham, 9-George Gregan (captain); 8-Wycliff Palu, 7-Phil Waugh, 6-Rocky Elsom, 5-Dan Vickerman, 4-Nathan Sharpe, 3-Rodney Blake, 2-Jeremy Paul, 1-Benn Robinson

Replacements: 16-Tai McIsaac, 17-Al Baxter, 18-Mark Chisholm, 19-George Smith, 20-Brett Sheehan, 21-Mark Gerrard, 22-Scott Staniforth.

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