The Springboks will have a new right wing when they tackle the Wallabies in a Tri-Nations encounter in Brisbane at the Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
Adnaan Mohamed writes for News 24 that Springbok winger JP Pietersen and lock forward Andries Bekker was sent home after sustaining injuries in Saturday’s 32-25 over Australia at the Subiaco Oval in Perth.
Pietersen pulled a hamstring while Bekker injured his shoulder.
According to Springbok media manager, Anthony McKaiser, no replacements will be called for to replace the two injured players.
“We will just have to rely on the players that we have available on tour,” McKaiser said after the Boks touched down in Brisbane on Sunday.
On Saturday Adrian Jacobs replaced Pietersen on the wing. Bekker picked up his injury when he came on as a second half replacement at lock.
McKaiser said Danie Rossouw should have recovered from his hamstring strain by Saturday and should provide cover for Bekker.
Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, however has to think long and hard on who will replace Pietersen against the Wallabies on Saturday.
The Bok coach has to decide if he is going to continue with Jacobs (essentially a centre) on the wing. He also has the option of including a specialist winger like Odwa Ndungane in the starting line-up.
De Villiers can also move Jaque Fourie out to the wing with Jacobs slotting in at outside centre. Jean de Villiers has played many Tests for the Boks on the wing in the past, but it is unlikely that De Villiers will pursue that option.
Fran Steyn who replaced Ruan Pienaar at fullback in the second half on Saturday is possibly De Villiers safest option. Steyn made his debut there for the Boks. Defensively he is sound. He is safe under the high ball and also has a booming boot.Tweet