The Springboks’ preparations for Saturday’s Test against Scotland at Murrayfield have been rocked by scrumhalf Fourie du Preez’s withdrawal from the match after pulling a quadricep muscle in training.
Mike Greenaway writes for The Star that it is a considerable blow because Du Preez’s generalship is all the more valuable in the tricky northern hemisphere conditions and because the Boks are blooding a new flyhalf in Ruan Pienaar. Ricky Januarie will replace Du Preez, and while the former is very dangerous going forward and on dry fields, he does not have the confident
kicking game that is required in the wet and this will exert more pressure on Pienaar.
“Fourie is out and it is a setback,” said assistant coach Dick Muir.
“But it is an opportunity for Ricky. We are really hoping that the rain holds off, but if it does not, and we have to adapt to a kicking game, we might have to move Ruan to scrumhalf at some stage of the game and bring Frans Steyn on at 10.”
Coach Peter de Villiers said he would replace Januarie with a forward rather than a back.
“I am bringing in Danie Rossouw and changing the split on the bench from 4-3 to 5-2 in favour of the forwards.”
Muir said the Boks were looking to run the ball, providing conditions are favourable.Tweet