Sydney - Australia captain Stephen Moore is expecting a
hostile atmosphere at Loftus Versfeld for their Rugby Championship clash with
South Africa on Saturday.
Moore knows a Springbok team with their backs against the
wall is a dangerous team and said playing at Loftus would aid the home side.
After a tough start to the season Australia are looking to build on their 36-20
win over Argentina a fortnight ago while South Africa are under pressure
following their inept performance in going down 41-13 to New Zealand.
"They would have come under some heat in the last few
weeks with their recent results and they're going to want to play well,"
Moore told the Canberra Times.
"They're one of those teams that you know are always
going to play well at home. They've got very passionate home support there and
particularly at Loftus. It's a strong rugby tradition there and very hostile
environment there. To play, whether it's Super Rugby against the Bulls or in a
Test match, we'd expect them to play very well.
"I know we've had a couple of wins but that certainly
doesn't change anything from our perspective … we want to go over and give a
good account of ourselves."
Moore has won three matches from 10 attempts in South
Africa. Two victories have come in Durban (2008 and 2011) but the most
memorable was in Bloemfontein in six years ago when Kurtley Beale nailed a
penalty goal with the last kick of the match from 55 metres out to give the
Wallabies a famous 41-39 victory, their first at altitude for 47 years.
"That's always a special place for me to play and I
think over the years anytime you win a Test in South Africa it's special.
You're always up against it. It's a great place to play rugby but as a visiting
side you certainly feel that hostility and there's no doubt it will be like
that at Loftus on Saturday. We will really enjoy this opportunity."
Australia face the prospect of playing their next eight
Tests all away from home as they travel to London to face Argentina in the
final round of the Rugby Championship. Their end-of-year tour includes Tests
against Wales, Scotland, France, Ireland and England.
Moore said time on the road would be good for the group, as
was the case at last year's World Cup.
"You spend a lot of time together in hotels and doing
things together, going for meals. We've benefited a lot from that in the last
12 months," Moore said. "When you're in Australia you try and create
the same environment but it's not always the same because guys have other
things on and it's nice to get away when everyone's in the same boat."