It’s been a mixed Rugby Championship campaign thus far for the Wallabies and Michael Cheika. Australia were truly awful in their opening 40 minutes in the first Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks but they improved a week after when they almost came away from New Zealand with a famous victory.
They followed this up with a draw at home to the Springboks, a game in which they had a 10 point advantage in the second half and they then easily dispatched Argentina at home.
In order to show progress, they really need to record a victory against New Zealand or the Springboks and they only have one opportunity to do so – this weekend in Bloemfontein.
Cheika has decided to name three starting debutants in his side to face South Africa at altitude – lock Izack Rodda, back-rower Jack Dempsey and winger Marika Koroibete all come into the side to make their starting debuts.
Elsewhere, there is still considerable experience in the side with Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Tevita Kuridrani, Israel Folau making up a dangerous looking backline.
Cheika has named a nine-man bench, with one player from that to be dropped before proceedings get underway on Saturday.
A dry track is expected in Bloemfontein so we should expect a very fast game of running rugby.