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Mitchell confident of upward curve

Drew Mitchell believes all the signs are there for Australia to claim victory over South Africa and is hoping their plans will finally come together when the two meet in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Australia came out on top 30-13 when the two sides met in Brisbane, while the Springboks secured a 44-31 win in Pretoria last week.

"It is not as if we don't believe we can beat these guys. We have beaten them twice in Brisbane in the last year, we know we can do it," said Mitchell. "Certain parts of last week's game we definitely showed we are more than capable. It is just a case of us needing to be more consistent through the 80 minutes and to beware of giving away points immediately after we have scored ourselves."

Robbie Deans' side came out firing in Pretoria, racing away to a 14-0 and then 21-7 lead inside the opening 10 minutes before eventually succumbing to the hosts.

The Waratahs winger, who along with hooker Stephen Moore will win his 50th cap for his country, continued: "I think the boys have grown their self-belief after last week - that first half was extremely encouraging for us.

"I know it didn't go well in the second half, and that was disappointing. We only managed three points after half-time even though we had plenty of opportunities, and that is something we are going to have to rectify."


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