Playmaker option ... Berrick Barnes. Photo: Getty Images
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says he has not decided who will take the No.10 jersey for Australia against the Springboks despite struggling playmaker Kurtley Beale showing signs of "progress".
Beale called for the long-range penalty kick in the final minute of the Wallabies game against the Pumas on the Gold Coast at the weekend and slotted it to seal victory for Australia.
Deans said there was "no doubt" his success in that moment showed the Rebels five-eighth was returning to form and confidence.
"Not too many people can kick goals from that spot under those circumstances, he's done it a couple of times for us and he did a bit of work during the week on his kicking and it showed," he said. "He was confident enough to step up and nail it."
The Wallabies flew to Johannesburg this morning and have nine days to prepare for the game against South Africa in Pretoria next Saturday.
Beale and Berrick Barnes are the two contenders for the starting five-eighth position, with Reds playmaker Mike Harris likely to start from the bench, but Barnes - who played fullback against the Pumas - said he didn't mind where he was picked.
"I enjoyed [playing at] 15 the other night as well, we'll just see what happens ... I played three different positions this year thus far and it all depends on personnel as well," Barnes said.
The Waratahs five-eighth said it made little difference who was picked where and backed Beale to step it up a notch.
"That's the nature of the game at the moment, you're playing with two No.10s either way, whether they're 10 and 12 or 10 and 15, so you like to have that adaptability to have two sorts of ball players on the park," Barnes said.
"And I think we're going to see Kurtley play ... back to his best over there on this two-leg tour."