Tri-Nations

Boks underdogs in Brisbane

2010-07-21 11:18
John Smit (File)
Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - The Springboks are marginal underdogs heading into their Tri-Nations clash against the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday, according to bookmakers.

Kick-off at Suncorp Stadium is 12:00 SA time.

The Boks, coming off consecutive defeats to the All Blacks - in Auckland (32-12) and Wellington (31-17) - are 10/11 underdogs to register their first win of the 2010 Tri-Nations, according to leading SA bookies, GreatOdds.

The Wallabies, who are coming off a four-week break, are 5/6 favourites to keep their record of never having lost to the Boks in Brisbane intact.

The draw is on offer at 16/1.

Saturday's Test will be the sixth match between Australia and South Africa at Suncorp Stadium. Australia have won all five previous encounters, with scores of 32-20 (1997), 32-6 (1999), 29-9 (2003), 49-0 (2006) and 21-6 (2009).

New Zealand top the current Tri-Nations standings with a full-house of 10 points after their bonus point victories at Eden Park and the Westpac Stadium.

Teams:

Australia:

15. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14. James O'Connor, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Matt Giteau, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Richard Brown, 7. David Pocock, 6. Rocky Elsom, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 4. Dean Mumm, 3. Salesi Ma'afu, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16. Stephen Moore, 17. James Slipper, 18. Rob Simmons, 19. Matt Hodgson, 20. Luke Burgess, 21. Berrick Barnes, 22. Kurtley Beale

South Africa:

15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12. Wynand Oliver, 11. Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9. Ruan Pienaar; 8 Pierre Spies, 7. Ryan Kankowski, 6. Schalk Burger, 5. Victor Matfield, 4. Danie Rossouw, 3. BJ Botha, 2. John Smit (captain), 1. Gurthro Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 . CJ van der Linde, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Dewald Potgieter, 20. Francois Hougaard, 21. Butch James, 22. Juan de Jongh

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