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Flo: Breakdown crucial against Wallabies

Australia have not been beaten by the Boks on their home turf in four years.

Flank Francois Louw believes the breakdown will be crucial in the test against Australia on Saturday. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Springbok flank, Francois Louw, says a bigger effort is required at the breakdown against Australia.

The Boks are in Brisbane for their Rugby Championship match at the Suncorp Stadium on Saturday where they'll hope to end a four-year drought against the Wallabies.

The last time the Boks beat Australia in Australia was in August 2009 at the Subiaco Oval in Perth.

Louw says the breakdown is going to be a crucial area of the game.

"It's always going to be a massive contest there. Both sides want a clean ball at the breakdown. It provides for better opportunity to attack from and obviously disrupting the opposition's ball and slows their game down which gives your defence time to reset."

In the corresponding fixture in the 2012 Rugby Championship in Perth, Australia outscored the Springboks.

Both the Wallabies tries were scored by forward Scott Higginbotham and tight-head prop Ben Alexander.

Berrick Barnes kicked both conversions and four penalties.

For the Springboks, Bryan Habana crossed the whitewash in the 20th minute with Morne Steyn converting.

Steyn kicked a further two out of three penalties and Francois Steyn also had two successful penalty kicks.

Tendai Mtawarira was yellow-carded in the 33d minute by Welsh referee, Nigel Owens.

The Springboks have made five changes to the starting line-up from their last game against Argentina in August, but there is still a cloud over Eben Etzebeth and whether he'll recover from illness in time.