Six of the Springboks who played in Saturday’s first Test against Wales in Bloemfontein did not take part in Monday’s training session at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.
News 24 reports that because of the injuries, not much could be read into what coach Peter de Villiers’s plans for the second Test at Loftus on Saturday are, except that Bolla Conradie seems to have got his nose in front for the scrumhalf position.
Conradie, who replaced Ricky Januarie for the first Test after the latter was suspended, had an excellent match and could well retain his position.
The players who watched from the touchline were captain John Smit, Brian Mujati, Tonderai Chavhanga, Butch James and CJ van der Linde and Danie Rossouw (who both started off the bench on Saturday).
JP Pietersen, who was not selected in the original 30-man squad, practised on the wing in Chavhanga’s place, while BJ Botha was in what seemed the preferred team at tighthead in place of Mujati.
Peter Grant and Bismarck du Plessis stood in for James and Smit respectively.
All the injured will be considered for the team which will be announced on Thursday.
Schalk Burger continued with his rehabilitation, while Schalk Brits, who was not in the original squad, also trained with the Boks.
The practice divulged little and the squad concentrated on handling and structure.