It’s now or never!
Rugby Worldcup 2011
Quaterfinals: South Africa vs Australia – Sunday, October 9 at 6:00 am
Big guns back for Wallabies
Wellington – Australia coach Robbie Deans has named his strongest possible team to play reigning champions South Africa in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Sunday. Fullback Kurtley Beale, wing Digby Ioane and inside centre Pat McCabe all return from injuries, three of seven changes to the side that beat Russia 68-22 in its final Pool C match last weeek.
Beale replaces injured wing Drew Mitchell, with James O’Connor relocating back to the right wing, McCabe steps in for Berrick Barnes, while Ioane resumes in the place of stand-in Radike Samo, who returns to his favoured No 8 berth.
Samo’s return to the back of the scrum is one of five changes to the forwards, with flank Rocky Elsom, second row Dan Vickerman, tighthead prop Ben Alexander and loosehead prop Sekope Kepu all reinstated.
“We’ve gone with the players, and the combinations, which have served us best through the year to date,” Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said after the team was announced on Friday. “Obviously injury, and managing individual player workloads, has been a factor in selection through the tournament so far, but fortunately a lot of the injury problems that we’ve had are now behind us. “The players that are coming back into the team after breaks are good to go.”
While Australia have won four of their last five Tests against South Africa, Deans insisted those results were “irrelevant”. “All that matters is Sunday,” the former All Black said. “The winner goes on, the loser goes home.
“Taking comfort from previous games is the quickest path way to the airport! The knock out phases of the World Cup are completely different to every other type of rugby we play: the stakes are higher, the intensity greater and the margins between success and failure smaller.
“We’ve seen that to some extent already in the tournament through the key pool matches and you can pretty much guarantee that it will all only intensify from here.”
Deans added: “South Africa still has the core group from the last World Cup together. They know what it takes to be successful in knockout rugby and know how to close out the tight games.
“They’ve already shown that in this tournament when they came from behind to beat Wales by a point (17-16).
“They have a group which has the knowledge and belief that it can get things done. They will bring that mentality forward with them on Sunday. If we are going to earn the right to advance to the next round, we have to match it.”
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia; 8 Radike Samo, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Dan Vickerman, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu
Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Nathan Sharpe, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Anthony Fainga’a
15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Gurthro Steenkamp
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Willem Alberts, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Butch James, 22 Gio Aplon
But before the rugby on Sunday… you will be rocking!
Head to the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling this weekend for one of South Africa's best music festivals, it's about an hour from Cape Town making it the perfect weekend trip. There's an awesome line-up with four stages to choose from and a green village, chill out lounge and a film festival.
Splash your mountainbike through a clear mountain stream, race your mates at the vineyard night run, or watch the sun settle behind the mountains as you sip award winning wine and listen to your favourite local artist performing under an African sky.
These are some of the unforgettable experiences offered by Breedekloof Outdoor & Wine, our annual celebration of wine, food, adventure and music.
Yes it's a wine festival but the magnificent Breedekloof natural playground also hosts plenty of family-friendly activities including a Mountain to Mountain bike race, a vineyard night run and a tagged fishing contest.
There are guided bird-watching walks, Fynbos mountain hikes, trout fishing and a community parade through Rawsonville. It's an event that sun and fun lovers can't afford to miss.
Most of our wineries host live entertainment during the festival. The highlights are the annual Vonkelvrou breakfast at Botha Cellar, and Under the Tanks hosted by Seven Oaks and Waboomsrivier wineries. Another draw card is Boshimela's annual Dance Under the Stars. There are also art, photographic, jewellery, clothing, craft and orchid exhibitions.
When all the action leads to hungry tummies visitors can sample the local restaurants such as Boshimela, Bergsig Bistro, Opstal Restaurant, Tin House, Mill & Oaks, Du Kloof Lodge, Fairhills Tea Garden and the Bistro@Jason's, or they can enjoy the festival catering at all participating wineries which serve food during the festival – stalls offer everything from roosterkoek to sushi, fillet ciabattas to freshly shucked oysters, farm cheeses and locally grown olives, delicious pancakes and good old fashioned hotdogs.
The Breedekloof is a family destination and during the festival the wineries make sure that kids have a good time too. Children will find pony rides, sand art, farm animal petting, jumping castles, boeresport and tractor rides.
The festival is the ideal time to explore our beautiful region. We're just 60 minutes from Cape Town, but to truly experience what we have to offer you should come for the weekend. There is a wide variety of accommodation on offer so you can choose from wooden cabins in the mountains and stone houses overlooking rivers, to B&Bs, guest houses, camping and caravanning sites. We advise you to book early.
So strap your mountain bikes to your car, pack your running, hiking and dancing shoes – and don't forget the sunscreen.