South African coach Peter de Villiers faces a tough decision when selecting his flanks for the away tour to Australia and New Zealand. Will it be Heinrich Brüssow or Schalk Burger or both?
Stephen Nell reports for sport24.co.za
Burger’s suspension for reckless play – received after the second Test against the British and Irish Lions – will expire on August 22.
He was included in South Africa’s 27-man squad for Australasia and will be available for the first match against the Wallabies in Perth on August 29.
Wallaby flank George Smith who played against Brüssow on Saturday, praised the young Free State star for his impact made in Burger’s absence.
“Which of the two should be chosen is a tough question for South Africa’s selectors,” said Smith.
“Heinrich is currently playing very well, but Schalk again brings something else to the game. It will depend on South Africa’s game plan.”
Smith believes Brüssow and Burger could be used in the same loose trio. But Juan Smith, who will in such a scenario have to stand down, was in good form for Saturday’s victory of 29-17.
He did leave the field due to a leg injury and in the next few days it will become clear how serious the injury is.
The Bok selectors have meanwhile called up Burger, Ryan Kankowski, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Odwa Ndungane.
Steenkamp’s return gives South Africa the option of having a second prop on the bench.
The Boks will next leave for Perth next Monday, where they will face Australia in the first of two Tests.
The second Test is on September 5 in Brisbane, after which South Africa will meet New Zealand in Hamilton on September 12.
Forwards: John Smit (c), Victor Matfield (u/c), Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski,Tendai Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Danie Rossouw, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Backs: Jean de Villiers, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Adi Jacobs, Ricky Januarie, Odwa Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Frans Steyn, Morné Steyn.Tweet