Wallabies' spirit home at Suncorp
RETURNING hooker Stephen Moore says Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium has become the Wallabies’ spiritual home and it’s imperative they capitalise on starting their Tri-Nations series there on Saturday.
The former Lang Park isn’t even the traditional or spiritual home of Queensland rugby, let alone its headquarters, but Australia’s Test success there has been such that it’s far and away the Wallabies’ favourite ground.
They have lost just three of their 17 Tests at the 52,500-capacity Brisbane venue in the professional era, including a significant 5-0 record over the Springboks who return on Saturday.
With their only win in the 2009 Tri-Nations coming at Suncorp Stadium, an upset 21-6 triumph over South Africa, Moore believes there’s no better place to start this year’s tough campaign.
Not only do the Springboks struggle in Brisbane, where they haven’t won since the 1970s, so too do South Africa’s best Super 14 sides with both 2010 finalists the Bulls (19-12) and Stormers (16-13) losing to Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.