South Africa vs Australia

South Africa vs Australia: Live Rugby Online Free Tv 2019 – prediction, head-to-head, time, TV and scores

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The times they are a-changing – for both the Springboks and Australia. Both sides have opted for new faces, that is to be expected with a Rugby World Cup on the horizon.

But the two teams head into the 2019 Rugby Championship opening clash under very different circumstances.

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The Wallabies are looking to put the Israel Folau saga behind them. Coach Michael Cheika made ten changes to the starting XV from the team’s last outing, a 37-18 loss to England at Twickenham in November.

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He also opted, perhaps somewhat conservatively, to bring James O’Connor back into the fray just days after the former bad boy re-signed with Australian rugby after six years in the Test wilderness.

Considering the alarm bells that sounded after that loss against England – capping one of the worst seasons for the Aussies in decades, Cheika and his squad are keen to just get on with things.

“We really want to begin building momentum to take us towards our goals in 2019,” he said.

“The players are impatient to play at Ellis Park where our Wallabies haven’t had an opportunity to play for quite a while.”

The Wallabies last won at Ellis Park in 1963 and have since lost six times at the venue, with their most appearance a 53-8 drubbing in 2008.

The Springboks, meanwhile, will make history, fielding a starting XV with eight black players for the first time.

The Springboks have twice before chosen seven black starters, against France in Durban two years ago and against Wales in Washington last season.

The team saw 13 changes from that beaten by Wales in Cardiff last November in their previous outing with only centre Jesse Kriel and flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit retained.

“I want to congratulate Rynhardt, Herschel and Lizo on their first inclusions in a Springbok matchday squad,” said coach and former Springbok loose forward Rassie Erasmus.

“We have planned to mix things up in the first two Tests of the season, in order to give game time to as many of the players in our wider squad.

“This is the right combination to face a very good and competitive Australian side so we are in for a great contest.”

Kick off time and how to watch
Kick off time is 17:05 (SAST). SuperSport 1 will stream the action live while SABC 2 will screen the recorded version at 18:50, for those without a Dstv subscription.

Prediction and head-to-head
Unlike in cricket, South Africa have the advantage with a win percentage of just over 55. On home turf, that record is even more impressive, having won just over 77 percent of their fixtures. Add to that the fact that the Aussies have not beaten the Boks at Ellis Park in the post-isolation era, and the hosts are clear favourites to take the honours, even with the changes to the squad.

South Africa to win by more than ten.

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