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Monday, 22 October, 2018

Set-piece strength the key for Springbok victory over Australia

South Africa should prove hard to break down

Scrum-half Ross Cronje returns for the Springboks
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Sky Sports Action, 11am Saturday

Resurgent South Africa face their toughest test of the year against Australia in Perth, and they have shown the resolve to snap their losing habit when they visit the Wallabies.

The Springboks have won just once in their last eight trips to Australia and have lost the last three. But all were by narrow margins of less than one converted try, while their last visit to Perth in 2014 ended in a one-point reverse.

Perth has a sizeable South African contingent and with the city's rugby fans embroiled in a fierce battle with the ARU over the axing of their Super Rugby side the Force, home fans may even be outnumbered.

The Wallabies are without captain Stephen Moore, whose wife is about to give birth, and that takes a lot of steel from a pack who are likely to be on the back foot against a dominant Bok unit.

Set-piece has been the Springbok strength this year, and although it can't be overlooked that Australia have scored 63 points and nine tries in their two defeats to New Zealand, South Africa will set up to be hard to break down.

Scrum-half Ross Cronje returns to the Springbok side and he can marshal his pack to provide a platform for victory.

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The Wallabies are without captain Stephen Moore and that takes a lot of steel from a pack who are likely to be on the back foot
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