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Australia captain Will Genia has admitted his side's efforts in the Rugby Championship losses to New Zealand were "not good enough".

The Wallabies will face South Africa today, live on Sky Sports, on the back of a 27-19 reverse in Sydney and a 22-0 defeat in Auckland.

However Australia, who have included Tatafu Polota-Nau, Dom Shipperley, Kurtley Beale and Radike Samo in their starting XV, have responded well in training ahead of the clash in Perth.

"We've just got to be harder on ourselves as a group and demand more of each other, particularly in game, so we can get those things right," Genia said.

"Making the same errors over and over again is not good enough, particularly in the last couple of weeks we've played. We've addressed that in team meetings, but more so in the way we've gone about our work in training and preparing for the game."

South Africa have called Duane Vermeulen, Juandre Kruger and Ruan Pienaar into their line-up for the match, while Willem Alberts moves to the flank and Francois Hougaard switches to the wing.

And captain Jean de Villiers is refusing to underestimate Australia despite their recent struggles.

"They were up against a quality side in New Zealand, the No.1-ranked team in the world, the World Cup winners, all of that," he said.

"Australia are a very skilled team. I think, as a backline player playing against them is difficult. They've got a lot skill running wise in attack and in defence. They're always solid."

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Dominic Shipperley, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson. Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Scott Higginbotham, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Anthony Fainga'a.

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira. Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.

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