Cheika to forge ahead with Beale, Toomua at 10-12

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is likely to forge ahead with Kurtley Beale and Matt Toomua at flyhalf and inside centre after the pair helped snapped Australia's four game losing streak on Saturday.

The pair weren't exactly cohesive in attack but they showed enough together, in patches, to warrant Cheika's call to leave Bernard Foley out of the starting XV.

Toomua, in particular, made it very hard for Cheika to look at any other combinations moving forward.

He notched a 15 point haul at inside centre and was justly awarded man of the match honours for a superb first start of the season.

His defensive work is elite, tactical kicking astute and strikes the ball super sweet off the tee.

"I definitely think they did a good job out there in some difficult circumstances," Cheika said after the 23-18 win over South Africa.Kurtley Beale impressed at flyhalf. Photo: Getty Images"We had some nice plays set up which just didn't come off but that's the first week they have played together.

"There is still plenty to do and we didn't have a heap of attack going.

"But we had the forwards going forward in a few instances that were really important for us which created overlaps or kick opportunities."

While it was far from a comprehensive victory Cheika cut an optimistic figure post match.

He lauded his side's picture perfect preparation as the difference when push came to shove at the death.

"I said to the lads inside that when you really invest into the preparation - when it really means something to you - you just do those extra things that are required," he said.

"Those things may not even happen on the field but when someone comes to try and take it away from you, you tend to fight for it a lot more.

"I think that's what we looked at there.

"In the times where we got calls against us or things went against us we wanted to fight for it."Matt Toomua was awarded man of the match. Photo: Getty ImagesWallabies captain Michael Hooper concurred with his coach.

"We use the word resilience a lot and our players have shown that over the last couple of weeks to go out there tonight and be comfortable in some really tough places there," he said.

"A couple of minutes to go we have to stick to our structures and really mark up, aim up in defence, make one on ones against big guys.

"It's great to see some smiles on faces and great reward for the whole group.

"Coaches, staff, players alike all put in some really solid efforts."

One of those really solid efforts was that of Taniela Tupou.

The "Tongan Thor" was the difference in the second half, stiffening an otherwise inconsistent Australian scrum right up and crashing over the gain line when he had his hands on the ball.

Despite his undeniable impact Cheika said the 22-year-old was no certainty to start against Argentina this time next week.

"It's horses for courses like all things - we just see how we go," Cheika said.

"We have a guy like Keps who didn't play today and that sets up a challenge now.

"With Taniela we have to remember that he has five caps.

"There is no hurry, no panic, just let him grow as a footballer."