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Sportal.co.nz     15 Jul 2006     Photosport

Mortlock's success rate is 70 percent so far this season, and he made just one-of-three attempts in Australia's 20-point loss to the All Blacks in Christchurch last week.

With rain expected to fall in Brisbane on Saturday night, goal-kicking could well be the deciding factor against the Springboks, and Percy Montgomery is renowned for his long-range kicking ability.

"At this level, all goal kickers can knock them over from a 50m range - and that's certainly the case against the Boks this weekend - so I'll be doing my bit to ensure I can do it for us as well," Mortlock told AAP

"I was a bit unhappy with the way I hit the ball last week."

"I've been doing extra work this week and I'm pretty happy with the way I've been toeing the ball."

Rain will work against the Wallabies, with South Africa's huge forward pack having a 30kg weight advantage over the hosts.

"If it does rain, as it is predicted to do so, it will play more in the favour of the massive South African pack," Mortlock said.

"We know it's going to be a very physical battle and if it's wet, even more so."

But Springboks coach Jake White denied his team would rely solely on size to overpower Australia, and tipped his quick backline to play a major role in the proceedings.

"I think the one thing that is nice about this team is that there is lots and lots of pace," he said.

"I probably haven't picked a faster Springboks side."