Match Seven

Aus 21 - 6 SA

Australia defied the odds and denied the Springboks the chance of winning the Tri Nations this week. It was a thoroughly deserved victory, with the Wallabies dominating the second half, scoring two tries and over-powering the world champions in all departments. South Africa simply did not get a look in and were fortunate that the Australians were denied three other tries by fourth official.

The Australian victory will now lift not just their spirits but also those of New Zealand who are still in with a sniff of a chance in winning the series themselves. They take on the Springboks next week in Hamilton and will fancy their chances after it appears that the Springboks are tiring after their unbeaten run and were possibly suffering from being a little over-confident

ScoreAustralia 21 – Tries: Ashley-Cooper, O’Connor, Cons: Giteau, Pens: Giteau 2, DGs: Giteau – SA 6 – Pen: Steyn, DGs: Steyn

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South Africa

South Africa coach, Peter De Villiers made just one enforced change to the his side’s starting line up that beat Australia 32-25 last week in Perth, with Odwa Ndungane coming in for the injured JP Pietersen on the wing. On the replacements bench, second row, Danie Rossouw comes in for the injured Andries Bekker.

The Springboks are still undefeated in this Tri Nations campaign, having played four and won four and know that a win in this match will more or less seal the 2009 Series. It is pointed out however that the ‘Boks’ have not won in Brisbane since 1971!

South Africa Team

Ruan Pienaar; Odwa Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brüssow; Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha; John Smit (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Reserves Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jannie du Plessis, Danie Russouw, Schalk Burger, Ricky Januarie, Adi Jacobs, Frans Steyn.

Australia

Wallabies' coach Robbie Deans has made five changes to the starting line-up to face South Africa this weekend, Deans has brought back centre, Berrick Barnes from injury and has replaced scrum half Luke Burgess with Will Genia. Veeteran Drew Mitchell has been recalled to the wing ahead of Peter Hynes, while Tatafu Polota Nau replaces Stephen Moore in the front row. Skipper George Smith has been moved into number 8, allowing a call up for David Pocock to replace Richard Brown at number 7

Australian Team

James O'Connor, Lachie Turner, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Will Genia, George Smith (captain), David Pocock, Rocky Elsom, Mark Chisholm, James Horwill, Ben Alexander, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson.

ReservesStephen Moore, Pek Cowan, Dean Mumm, Wycliff Palu, Luke Burgess, Quade Cooper, Peter Hynes.

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South Africa v Australia Handicap Betting

In rugby one of the most popular betting markets is the handicap betting and this weekends match will be no different. Handicap betting is where punters can have a bet on a team to win a match starting with either a plus or a minus points start. So, if a team is given a handicap of -10 then in order for your bet to come in, that team must win the match by more than 10 points. Here are the handicap odds for the South Africa v Australia Match this Saturday. Given that the South African's are overwelming favourites punters are advised to take advantage of these handicap prices.

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