Forget what happened in their defeats to New Zealand in the first two matches of the Rugby Championship, Australia will be tough to beat at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday (12.05pm).
And it’s especially up front where they will be looking to outweigh the Springboks, according to South Africa’s forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot.
Both teams enter the match under immense pressure and while the Wallabies have battled up front – especially in the lineouts — against the All Blacks, it will be a different ball game against the Springboks.
Proudfoot explains: “Australian lineouts have been exceptional throughout the years and their scrums and defensive breakdowns are very good, so we know up front it’s going to be a tough challenge.
“Test matches are determined by small margins so we therefore have to ensure that we are accurate in our execution, in all departments.”
Of the lineouts, lock Lood de Jager adds: “They’re under pressure and the media’s made a big thing about it so in the week they would have probably rectified it and come up with new plans.
“We’ll see on Saturday what they come with.”
Meanwhile, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will announce his side for the clash today.
Coetzee, though, is unlikely to tinker with his team too much, despite calls for Malcolm Marx to come in for captain Adriaan Strauss, while Jesse Kriel has also been mentioned as an alternative to Johan Goosen at the back of the line.
Juan de Jongh might also find himself back in the match 23 after missing the Boks’ defeat to Argentina two weeks ago.
He might even replace the struggling Damian de Allende at centre.