Australia back rower, Ben Mowen, knows that his side are yet to show their true potential in this year’s Rugby Championship but he insists that there is a good feeling within the squad.
The Wallabies currently sit third in the table after picking up just one win (a narrow 14-13 win over Argentina) in the Championship so far and Mowen is well aware that what his side has produced hasn’t been up to scratch.
"There's a feeling within this group that we haven't played near our potential yet," the 28 year old said, although he was keen to stress that the side are still developing under Ewen McKenzie and that there have been some positive aspects to their play.
“We're still well off in areas we'd like to be [strong at]. But that's good, the group's motivated, and there's a really good feeling amongst the players,” the Brumbies man added.
The Springboks ran out convincing winners in the previous meeting between the two sides at Suncorp Stadium back in Round Three and Mowen knows that Saturday night’s game at Newlands will be an even tougher test for the travelling Australians.
Even so, he knows that his side have nothing to lose and he is relishing the prospect of taking South Africa on in their own back yard. “We're excited by that challenge [taking on South Africa],” Mowen said. “A result against the Springboks at Newlands would be huge."
With a bonus point win for New Zealand looking the most likely result from their game against Argentina, people who bet on rugby will know that South Africa will probably need to pick up all five points against Mowen’s men to keep their hopes of lifting the Rugby Championship alive.
Australia haven’t yet peaked in this year’s tournament and will be desperate to give a good account of themselves at Newlands. Although the latest rugby betting suggests a victory for South Africa is the most likely outcome, the Wallabies could yet spoil the party by restricting the Boks to less than four tries.