The Springboks were beaten 32-19 by Argentina in Mendoza last time out, having opened their campaign with a 34-21 victory over the same opponents in Durban.
“We are looking for a good response on Saturday against the Wallabies and I am sure that this side will be up to the task,” said coach Erasmus.
Rassie Erasmus said: “We are looking for a good response on Saturday against the Wallabies and I am sure that this side will be up to the task. Australia, playing at home, will no doubt be highly motivated to bounce back, so we have to be ready for a huge contest." pic.twitter.com/8vZ996ivIJ
— South African Rugby (@Springboks) September 6, 2018
Despite Erasmus’ confidence in his new-look side, opposite number Michael Cheika – whose side head into Saturday’s clash in Brisbane on the back of a pair of heavy defeats to New Zealand – admitted his surprise at the selection.
“Now, obviously I saw that the coach was looking to rest players against us,” Cheika said.
“I hope we haven’t become a team that the opposition can rest all their best players.
“I was a bit surprised to see that, to be honest. But we’ll be doing our best no matter who we’re playing against.”
South Africa XV to face Australia: Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk; Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (captain), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Warren Whiteley.
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