The Wallbies have won just three of their six Test matches in 2012. Picture: Getty Images
Australia will be bidding for a maiden Rugby Championship win when it welcomes South Africa to Patersons Stadium in Perth on Saturday night. After starting the campaign with back-to-back defeats to the All Blacks, the Wallabies will be much more confident against the Springboks, who were far from impressive against Argentina. After opening the tournament with a 27-6 over the Pumas in Cape Town, South Africa was held to a 16 all draw against Argentina in Mendoza.
Kurtley Beale returns at fullback for the hosts after being dropped following a lacklustre display in the series opener, while Dominic Shipperley will make his debut on the wing in the other change to the backline. Veteran number eight Radike Samo returns to the starting side but Stephen Moore will miss the chance to become the most capped Wallaby hooker after being ruled out on Thursday with a hamstring injury. His place in the XV has been taken by Tatafu Polota-Nau.
The Wallabies have had the wood over South Africa in recent meetings, winning the last four Tests between the sides, including last year’s World Cup quarter-final in which they were 11-9 victors. The past three matches between the sides in Australia have resulted in wins by 13 points or more for the hosts. The Springboks do have a fair record in though however, where they have won three of the six Test that they have played there.
If they are to get a similar result this weekend, Australia will have to find some potency in attack. The Wallabies have scored just three tries in their past four matches and will be hoping that Quade Cooper will be back to his best in his second game back, while Kurtley Beale will also be expected to have more of an impact from fullback.
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