Breakdown battle

It will be interesting to see what lessons Ewen McKenzie has learnt from this year's Rugby Championship and if he can use those lessons to upset South Africa at Newlands on Saturday.

Last Updated: 28/09/13 at 07:13 Post Comment

Springbok No.8: Duane Vermeulen

Springbok No.8: Duane Vermeulen

The key for Australia is to try and match the physicality of the Springboks and James Horwill is a big boost for them. He brings a lot of physicality and leadership and will make a huge difference to them.

The backline that they have picked is very imposing and they look like they can be very physical too. It shows me that they are expecting the Boks direct approach and will try and meet them head on.

Nick White is starting ahead of Will Genia which I think is the right call. White has a more defensive and territory focus to Genia, but Genia will still have a role to play. Bring him on in the last 20-25 minutes when the legs are tired and try and expose the gaps and mismatches - he is really good at that.

Complacency

I think the biggest issue for South Africa will be complacency. Their coach Heyneke Meyer will remind them about what happened against Argentina where they demolished them in the first game and then almost lost to a fiery Pumas side in Argentina.

This is slightly different though as South Africa are at home and Australia have not beaten the Boks in Cape Town since 1992.

I don't think the Springboks are going to change anything. Despite the loss to New Zealand they feel that there is not a lot wrong and will be sticking with the same formula. Key for them will be the breakdown, if they can replicate what they did in Brisbane in terms of slowing the ball down, then it should be another win for South Africa.

In Brisbane Michael Hooper was the lone fighter against Willem Alberts, Francois Louw and Duane Vermeulen at the breakdown. And with Adriaan Strauss starting, well that is going to be an even bigger ask.

If South Africa dictate the pace of the game and get their set pieces and the driving maul firing then it should be a good day for Springbok fans.

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