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PdV: Aussie technically better than Blacks

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers believes Australia are technically superior to New Zealand.

This after the Springboks lost back to back matches against the All Blacks.

‘Australia are technically better than the rest of the world in all sporting codes. It doesn’t matter whether it is athletics, swimming, or rugby,’ he said. ‘They will pick up the little things and really work on it.

‘We are battered and bruised a bit. They [Australia] didn’t play for four weeks and it perhaps balances each other out nicely. They will obviously be much fresher and also draw some energy that we haven’t won a game yet on tour. I think it will be difficult to contain them when we take the field on Saturday.’

Bekker out of Aussie clash

A back injury has ruled Andries Bekker out of the Boks’ Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

Bekker suffered the injury in the closing stages of the Boks’ 31-17 loss at the hands of New Zealand. Flip van der Merwe, who was called up to the squad last week, is likely to sit on the bench due to Bekker’s absence.

‘It is a setback but we will have to deal with it,’ said coach Peter de Villiers. ‘That is part of the game. We have to rely on the strength within our squad for the Test. It is a blow for Andries too as he was just coming back from a previous injury.’

Ranger axed

Rene Ranger has been dropped from New Zealand’s squad to face Australia.

Ranger debuted on the wing for the All Blacks against the Springboks on Saturday, but has duly been cut for their squad for the 31 July Test in light of Joe Rokocoko’s return from injury. There is also no place for loose forward Liam Messam, with Victor Vito preferred.

Scrumhalf Alby Mathewson earns a call up as cover for Piri Weepu, who is nursing an injury.

Forwards - John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Tom Donnelly, Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Kieran Read, Brad Thorn, Victor Vito, Samuel Whitelock, Tony Woodcock.

Backs - Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Aaron Cruden, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Mils Muliaina, Ma’a Nonu, Joe Rokocoko, Conrad Smith, Benson Stanley, Piri Weepu, Alby Mathewson.

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