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Box shows faith ahead of Wallabies rematch | The Canberra Times

Box shows faith ahead of Wallabies rematch |  The Canberra Times

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World champions South Africa have backed up on last weekend’s post-siren loss to Australia and made minimal changes to their rematch in Brisbane on Saturday. The Springboks were uncharacteristically sloppy in coming from a series winner over the British and Irish Lions and two wins over Argentina, missing three straight kicks and four in total in the 28-26 loss on the Gold Coast. They have gone back to the well for the Rugby Championship rematch at Suncorp Stadium, where Australia have won eight stretches and Springboks have managed just three wins from 15 attempts. Marvin Orie replaces the lock Lood de Jager (concussion), while Trevor Nyakane was named on the loose with Steven Kitshoff appointed among the replacements instead of Ox Nche. Coach Jacques Nienaber lamented his side’s lack of discipline, but said they had to consider elections “as emotionlessly as possible”. “Australia were desperate to win last week and it showed in the way they played,” coach Jacques Nienaber said. “We know what we’re capable of as a team and we created enough chances to win last week, but we did not take advantage of them.” So we back up our systems and structures and it is now a matter of being as efficient as possible in carrying out our plan. “SOUTH AFRICA: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Duane Vermeulen, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (c), Marvin Orie, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi , Trevor Nyakane Bench: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse. Australian Associated Press

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