Rugby Championship

McKenize seeks landmark win

2014-09-05 07:51
Ewen McKenzie (AFP)

Perth - After a draw and a lopsided loss to New Zealand in the Rugby Championship, Australia go into their match against South Africa on Saturday with a chance to give coach Ewen McKenzie a first - a win against a team ranked ahead of the Wallabies.

In his 18th Test as Wallabies coach, McKenzie still hasn't led the third-ranked team to a win over a side with a better International Rugby Board ranking.

They've managed a draw and four losses against the top-ranked All Blacks, while the No 2 Springboks won both Tests between the teams last year.

For (not) good measure, Australia also lost to fourth-ranked England at Twickenham last year.

"That will be a conversation people have until we change that situation," McKenzie said this week.

"Make no mistake: I want to win every Test, whoever we play."

The Wallabies, however, did win seven matches in a row against teams ranked below them with McKenzie in charge.

Kick-off is Perth on Saturday is at 12:05.

Teams:

Australia

15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 James Horwill, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Matt Hodgson, 22 Nic White, 23 Kurtley Beale

South Africa


15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Damian de Allende

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