Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus agrees with Nick Mallett that the Springboks have a good chance of winning a rugby Test match in New Zealand for the first time in a decade.
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Mallett, who coached Italy for last week’s Test at Newlands, was the Springbok coach when South Africa won 13-3 in 1998.
Erasmus, who was unable to play in Wellington that day because of an abscess on one of his legs, is optimistic about the two Test matches in New Zealand next month.
“Just imagine the Springboks without BJ Botha, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Jean de Villiers, Schalk Burger and Percy Montgomery,” Erasmus said on Monday.
“That is basically the situation in which the All Blacks find themselves.
“Carl Hayman, a feared tighthead prop, is no longer playing for them. Chris Jack has left and their other top lock forward, Ali Williams, and their captain and star flank, Richie McCaw, are injured.”
Inside centre Aaron Mauger is also not in the team, Erasmus pointed out.
“The South Africans have more stability. We lost a little aura when Os du Randt retired but there are still good loosehead props.”
Tested for concussion
South Africa should leave for New Zealand with a good chance to win, the Stormers coach said. However, he did not want to discuss Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’s options in selecting combinations.
“Peter may be looking at the game differently than Jake White did and he will choose the players who fit in with his vision,” he said.
The Springboks play the All Blacks in Wellington on July 5 and in Dunedin the next weekend, before taking on the Wallabies in Perth.
The squad of 28 will be announced on Tuesday.
Talented No. 8 Ryan Kankowski will be tested for concussion on Tuesday after being told to take two days off.
However, he was feeling well on Monday and will probably be included.
The other leading No. 8, Pierre Spies, did not play against Italy last week but is said to be 100% fit.
He was given off last week to undergo tests to ensure he had overcome his problem with blood clots on the lungs.
Butch James, who was also rested last week, will rejoin the squad and is likely to be the first-choice flyhalf in New Zealand.Tweet