Springboks revert to first XV for second Check in opposition to Pumas


South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has rotated his workforce for his or her second Rugby Championship conflict with Argentina in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday, reverting to one thing near a full-strength facet.

The Springboks beat Argentina 32-12 of their competitors opener on the identical venue final weekend with a much-changed workforce.

Nevertheless, they’ve restored their common backline with the return of flyhalf Handre Pollard, wings Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi, and the centre pairing of Lukhanyo Am and Damian de Allende.

The road-up is just like the one which performed the third Check in opposition to the British & Irish Lions and clinched the series.

“A number of gamers did not play final week after a bodily demanding Lions collection and at the moment are again within the combine, whereas we additionally wished to offer a number of gamers who’ve labored exhausting at coaching during the last two months an opportunity to get some useful recreation time,” Nienaber stated in a media launch from South African Rugby.

“It is a lengthy season, so we have to get the steadiness proper between constructing consistency in choice and in our performances, managing the gamers by way of their workload, and constructing depth inside our squad.”

Props Thomas du Toit and Trevor Nyakane will companion hooker Malcolm Marx within the entrance row, with Marvin Orie to get a primary Check begin at lock alongside Lood de Jager.

Captain Siya Kolisi, Franco Mostert and quantity eight Jasper Wiese make up the loose-forwards.

“Argentina will come exhausting at us, so we all know we have to carry out a lot better than final week to get the specified end result,” Nienaber stated.

“Whereas we have been happy with the victory and to start out our Rugby Championship marketing campaign on a profitable notice, there was quite a lot of room for enchancment in our efficiency.

“We have recognized a number of areas we have to work on if we wish to defend our title efficiently, and we are going to work on these elements of our recreation at coaching this week.”

After this weekend, either side will journey on the identical chartered flight to Australasia for the rest of the competitors. They’ll play two fixtures every in opposition to Australia and New Zealand.

Workforce: 15-Willie le Roux, 14-Cheslin Kolbe, 13-Lukhanyo Am, 12-Damian de Allende , 11-Makazole Mapimpi, 10-Handre Pollard, 9-Cobus Reinach, 8-Jasper Wiese, 7-Franco Mostert, 6-Siya Kolisi (captain), 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Marvin Orie, 3-Thomas du Toit, 2-Malcolm Marx, 1-Trevor Nyakane

Replacements: 16-Bongi Mbonambi, 17-Steven Kitshoff, 18-Frans Malherbe, 19-Nicolaas van Rensburg, 20-Kwagga Smith, 21-Dan du Preez, 22-Jaden Hendrikse, 23-Damian Willemse.

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