In respect of another fallen sporting legend, the Springboks will honour James Small (who died last week), at the game this afternoon. The Boks face Australia at Ellis Park in the first match of this year’s shortened Rugby Championship.
Today’s games are as good as knockout games. The teams coming up short will have a really difficult chance of lifting the trophy.
Australia have beaten South Africa once in 10 attempts at Ellis Park, in 1963. This could explain why the bookies have the Boks as favourites at 5/10, while the visitors are priced up at 16/10, with a +5.5 handicap.
Both teams are fielding fairly new sides. Rassie sent a bunch of first team players to New Zealand early, and while Australia have a couple of injuries they will see this as a great opportunity to win a rare game at Ellis Park, as they go in with some key regular players.