Simnikiwe Xabanisa reports from Perth that Pierre Spies is likely to make a dramatic return to the Bok starting team in the Tri-Nations Test against Australia on Saturday.
Bulls and Sharks No8s return to Springbok scrum
The Bulls No8 and his Sharks counterpart, Ryan Kankowski, have been peripheral figures in the team so far.
But both will probably be part of the 22 against the Wallabies.
Spies anchored the scrum during the Springboks’ training session. Kankowski came on as his replacement.
What wasn’t immediately clear was what shape the rest of the bench would take, given that coach Peter de Villiers has preferred Luke Watson to both Spies and Kankowski in that role.
Among the backs, Frans Steyn ran alongside Jean de Villiers at centre while the injured Adrian Jacobs looked on.
Team doctor Craig Roberts said Jacobs’s hamstring had responded well to treatment and that he would probably practise today.
The other injury concern, Gurthro Steenkamp, would play this weekend, said Roberts.