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Wallabies hit the track

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<a href="http://www.sportal.co.nz" target="_blank">sportal.co.nz</a>     06 Sep 2006     NZRU

The Australians have not played in over a fortnight and spent the majority of the first three days in South Africa recovering from jetlag, but they shook off the cobwebs with a hit-out at a college near the Wanderers cricket ground.

First five-eighths Stephen Larkham said that the right preparations ahead of Saturday's clash with the Springboks at Ellis Park was the key to the side finally breaking its Johannesburg curse.

"We've always found it difficult, I think it's just the preparation that's the difference for the side," Larkham told AAP.

"It's just a mental approach coming into the game where in previous years we've sort of failed."

The Wallabies even had time to practice some Australian Rules skills, with replacement halfback Brett Sheehan showing some advantages of the high-altitude conditions by nailing a 50m shot for goal.

Both sides will name their sides for the clash on Wednesday, and Wallabies coach John Connolly said there will not be any major selection surprises.

"I don't know if we've got that many choices," he said.

"Obviously you change your strategy and your techniques as per the teams you play so there'll be subtle changes there."

"It will be a similar team."

Cameron Shepherd is expected to replace the suspended Lote Tuqiri, while Waratahs prop Benn Robinson trained hard and may be in line to make his Test debut.