Wallaby coach after repeat of 1992 Bok thrashing

He hopes his team will create the same kind of memories the crew of 1992 did, Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie has said ahead of their clash with the Boks this weekend.

McKenzie has both fond and sour memories of his trips to Newlands as an Australian test prop. He was in the victorious 1992 team that beat the Boks 26-3 at Newlands – the second test after readmission.

He was back with the Wallabies for the 1995 Rugby World Cup, but Australia lost to South Africa 27-18 and exited in the quarterfinals against England at the same ground.

“I was here in 1992 and I enjoyed winning that match. I’ve been here plenty of times provincially and we’ve won well. It is familiar territory and I feel very comfortable. It’s a tough place to play but I’ve had some of my finest moments here,” McKenzie said.

“The Boks do what they do very well and it’s up to teams who face them to stop them from getting their rhythm. It’s a test match and we are looking forward to knocking them off their rhythm.”

McKenzie made six changes from the side that scraped home 14-13 against Argentina in Perth two weeks ago. Captain James Horwill makes a return after missing the defeat in Brisbane and the damp squib in Perth. What is surprising is the strength of the bench, which has Benn Robinson, Will Genia, Matt Toomua and Sekope Kepu.

Australian fly half Quade Cooper has always been warmly welcomed in Cape Town and he said he is looking forward to playing at Newlands.

He stopped short of saying that Australia would win on Saturday, saying that he enjoys winning at Newlands.

“It’s going to be a tough game and the crowd and atmosphere at Newlands is something to look forward to. Something that I find about South Africa is that they appreciate a good game of rugby and they love the Springboks,” Cooper said.

» Teams

South Africa:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein


15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali’ifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (Captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Chris Feauai-Sautia


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