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Wallabies on a mission in Johannesburg

By David Beniuk 27/08/2008 11:48:53 AM Comments (0)

The Wallabies are out to prove they are no one-hit wonders in South Africa when they take on the Springboks in Johannesburg this weekend.

With the loss to New Zealand in Auckland three weeks ago - a week after their emotional win in Sydney - still fresh in their minds, the Australians are ignoring their history at Ellis Park and looking to build on last Saturday's important, breakthrough win in Durban.

"Our opportunity this week is to back up, essentially, and that's something that we haven't been able to do for some time," coach Robbie Deans said, adding a first win in South Africa in eight years had built confidence.

"They're building a bit of belief I guess.

"When you get experiences like last week under your belt it contributes to belief if you use it in the right way. If it contributes to an over-confidence then it will bite you."

Five-eighth Matt Giteau said the Wallabies' 45-year losing streak in Jo'burg had been completely ignored.

"(A win) would be very special, not so much for the history, it's not something that we've spoken about. That's the first I've heard of it.

"We've come over here with two games, our focus is to win both those games so that would be very special, more from the team point of view.

"We've obviously set our goals very high and we want to achieve those."

Australia could fancy their chances against a Springboks outfit in disarray.

Coach Peter de Villiers is under massive pressure with the world champions losing four of their five Tri-Nations games this year.

Amidst rumours of player unrest and calls for him to abandon his controversial new game-plan, de Villiers has delayed naming his side for Saturday's Test until Thursday.

But Deans said the Springboks' situation wouldn't impact on the Wallabies.

"We just do what we do," he said.

"We're busy enough doing that and conscious that there's another group that's looking to do the same thing and, as we've seen already, a week is a very long time in rugby but the great thing from your perspective in terms of interest is there's always someone suffering."

The Wallabies players have a day off on Wednesday and Deans will name his team on Thursday.

Team officials were still deciding whether to appeal against the one-week suspension of flanker Rocky Elsom for dangerous play in a lineout.

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