The fullback experience of Pat Lambie must be trusted to start against the Australians in Brisbane.
Willie le Roux had a shocker in Mendoza but I’d start him on the right wing and move Bryan Habana back to his favoured left wing. Bjorn Basson has pace and is good under the high ball but he has always struck me as a good Super Rugby player but not quite there at Test level.
The back three axis can be improved and I believe Lambie’s calm, combined with Habana being Habana and Le Roux’s play-making ability makes for a greater threat.
JJ Engelbrecht is another whose defensive decision-making let him down against The Pumas. His conversion from wing to outside centre has shown growth but the one area he continues to struggle with is his defensive decision-making. It again proved erratic in Mendoza.
Jan Serfontein may be a consideration against the Wallabies. If he does not start then I at least hope he will get more game time.
Another consideration could be to play Engelbrecht on the wing, use Le Roux in an impact role and start with Serfontein at No 13.
Jano Vermaak should also get a start ahead of Ruan Pienaar. Vermaak’s speed to the breakdown and different style is more suited than Pienaar to the fast paced Brisbane surface.
Willem Alberts, if selected, needs a big performance and not just a 20-minute cameo and Juandre Kruger needs an overall. Kruger is the player who controls the Bok lineout but his physicality doesn’t match his rugby intellect and when the going gets a bit tough he tends to get going … like in out of there.
Beast is another who too often in the past two seasons has traded more on the spectator chant of ‘BEAST’ than making an impact. I wouldn’t start with him.
Brisbane is also the Test that should see the return to the starting XV of Bismarck du Plessis.
The performance in Mendoza wasn’t good enough and expect several changes for the battle in Brisbane.