South Africa make six changes for Wallabies clash

SOUTH African coach Heyneke Meyer has reacted to his team's last-gasp escape against Argentina in Salta two weeks ago by making six changes for the clash against the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday night.

Veteran Morne Steyn will start at fly-half, with Jan Serfontein in the centres, while flanker Marcell Coetzee, second-rower Victor Matfield, hooker Adriaan Strauss and prop Tendai Matiwarira have all been recalled to the starting pack.

Bismarck du Plessis, Lood de Jager, Damian de Allende all drop back to the bench where they will be joined by Trevor Nyakane, Marcel van der Merwe, and Pat Lambie, as well as the uncapped Warren Whiteley.

South Africa is on top of the Rugby Championship standings on eight points after consecutive 13-6 and 33-31 wins against Argentina who earned two bonus points in the losses.

Australia is at the other end, propping up the table on two points after a 12-12 draw, and 51-20 loss to the All Blacks.

Meyer said he was taking no notice of any of those results.

"We're not looking at their (Australia's) recent result against New Zealand, and we know they will be a tough opponent," he said.

"Similarly, we need to move on from our victories over Argentina."

The match will be Bryan Habana's 100th for the Springboks, just the third player to achieve the honour after Percy Montgomery, John Smit and Matfield.


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