FINALLY they’ve released the much speculated over Australian team list and it’s true to the media briefings over the last few days. The big news is that both Horwill, and especially Elsom, are both in, having survived full on training sessions yesterday. These are two vital cogs when taking on a riled Bok pack.
The other two vacancies at 15 and 9 have been taken by Drew Mitchell (rough nut above) and Sam Cordingly respectively. Vanilla Gregan battled flu this week but still got the nod against Sheehan, Shmoo gets his chance on the Wallabies fullback merry-go-round.
The bench is also a little interesting, with both reformed mungos, Tahu and Cross, getting slots. It begs the question of who goes to 15 if little Drew gets roughed up. While Mitchell brings more experience at the back, AAC has been a vital last line of defence, even when injuring himself while doing so.
You’d have to be a rugby spastic to not know how important this game is to Aussie Robbie’s Wallabies. Nevertheless, despite the injury injection we’ve received, and some of the progress made so far, this is an ask that I don’t think this Wallabies side will do at this point in it’s development. The game in Auckland showed too much soft underbelly
More likely (and in time honoured tradition) they’ll scrape 2 bonus points out of the tour to limp to Brissy. Please make me wrong…..
Conrad Jantjes; JP Pietersen, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Jongi Nokwe; Butch James, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger; Victor Matfield, Andries Bekker, CJ van der Linde, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.
Reserves: Adriaan Strauss, Brian Mujati, Joe van Niekerk, Luke Watson, Ricky Januarie, Frans Steyn, Percy Montgomery