It’s been 13 long years since the Springboks last scored a try at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane against the Wallabies – a record they will have to change if they want to win the third Vodacom Tri Nations Test of 2010.
Many in South Africa think that playing Ruan Pienaar at scrumhalf is a step in the right direction for a Bok team that has been hammered by the All Blacks in the first tow tests of the 2o1o Tri Nations.
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(Above: Ruan Pienaar is the natural heir to Fourie Du Preez’s throne and needs an extended run to establish himself)
Morne Steyn has not been comfortable with Ricky Januarie and the Bok backline has yet to get going in the series. With deadly finishers like Bryan Habana on the outside, the Sprinboks can score tries out wide.
Springbok Test Factfile: Australia v South Africa, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – 24 July 2010
• This would be the sixth test match between Australia and South Africa at this venue. Australia won all five previous encounters with scores 32-20 (1997), 32-6 (1999), 29-9 (2003), 49-0 (2006) and 21-6 (2009).
• Eighteen tries were scored by them and they conceded only three tries – all of them in the test match in 1997. In the last four tests South Africa could not cross Australia’s try line.
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(Above: Bryan Habana is a try machine and the Springboks need to create opportunities for him.)
• The losing margin of 49 in 2006 is the biggest losing margin against Australia in 68 tests and it is also South Africa’s second biggest losing margin against any team.
• During last year’s Vodacom Tri-Nations tournament the Springboks lost their only test of the tournament at this venue. South Africa’s only win at this venue was during the 2003 RWC when they triumphed 60-10 against Samoa.
• South Africa’s Vodacom Tri-Nations record against Australia is: Played 31; Won 16; Lost 14; Drawn 1. Tries scored 60 and tries conceded 67.