The Bokke will be playing Ireland in their first game of their Grand Slam Tour on the 6th. After a physical battle Between the Mighty Sharks and Wp last night, many are walking wounded. The assessment of fitness will be key in selecting a physically strong side to face Ireland.
As Rob has stated earlier Juan and JDV are carrying injuries following the battering they took at the hands of The Sharks last night. At least another Shark in Adi Jacobs has been called up. Many of The Sharks and Wp players will still be feeling the effects of the CC final for the next few days; so who are the best bets and fresher players that will have to start our Tour?
Up front we have to hope that our Sharks front row are ready because they clearly are our strongest option.
1.Beast 2.Bissie 3.Jannie
Bissie should be in good shape as well as The Beast, but Jannie came off with a limp last night which might prompt PDV to start with CJ if jannie doesn’t recover. Coenie will get his chance against Scotland would be my guess. Beast should get a rest then in preparation for the England game.
Locks are very easy to select. Vic and Bakkies with Flip coming on for Bakkies at around 60 min.
Loose Forwards are tricky, Burger might not be 100% after being rammed by Alberts on a few occasions last night. Willem also had a slight limp throughout the second half last night, but i think he should be good for about 40 min on the weekend, because lets face it his body has been through a lot this CC. Juan and Spies will Obviously be fresh. PDV will try to selct the 6. Burger 7. Juan 8. Spies combo, but if Burger is not fit don’t be surprised to see Keegan getting his first Springbok cap. If all are fit Alberts should be at 19 in cover for Juan and Spies.
Halfback should be Hougie and Steyn when we take into consideration the lack of preparation time for this first game. Ruan should be at 20 and I am really hoping Pat is at 21 as cover for Morne.
Centre is a real unknown at the moment. Juan and Jean are in pain and don’t sound fit enough for this weekend. Both might tour or both might drop out, but i don’t think either will play this weekend due to their injury worries. Therefore the old Sharks combo of Frans steyn at 12 and Adi at 13 would be our safest options. Hoping JeanD is fit enough, because we really need Frans at 15 and Pat is now officially a 10 and should not be moved abck to 15 in order to keep his development at 10 on a roll.
Back Three should be those with the caps. Bryan, Aplon, Frans. Not sure about Frans because of JDV injury worries, but if Frans moves to 12, Aplon would be our next option at 15 and Mvovo can then come onto the wing for his first cap.
Really hope the injuries are not serious and that we can choose some established Combo’s. We will probably get more insight tomorrow after Boks have been assessed by medical staff. Good Luck to the Bokke we behind you!!! Really looking forward to a really good tour from the Guys.
Fattman tells me F. Steyn will only be available after Ireland game. Hope one of Juan or Jdv is fit enough.
1.Beast 2. Bissie 3. Jannie
4.Bakkies 5. Matfiled (C)
6. Burger/Keegan (pending fitness assesments) 7. Juan Smith
8. Pierre Spies
9. Francois Hougaard 10. Morne Steyn
11. Habana 12. JDV/Lambie (p.f.a) 13. Jacobs 14. Mvovo
16.Chilli 17. Cj 18. Flip 19. Alberts 20. Pienaar 21. Lambie/Jantjes (p.f.a) 22.Bjorn Basson.Tweet