Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer who also goes by ‘The Meyer of Pretoria’ has made some rather strange changes to his side for this Saturday’s crucial test against Australia in Perth.
Duane Vermeulen will make his long awaited Bok debut at number 8 with Willem Alberts moving back to blindside flank. Former WP flanker Francois Louw comes in on the bench in place of Bulls flanker Jacques Potgieter who along with Andries Bekker falls out of the match 22 altogether.
In another move that is sure to be a major talking point among Springbok supporters is the inclusion of Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen who has been selected on the bench. Both Vermeulen and Goosen have recently recovered from long term injuries and according to their franchise coaches, have not had sufficient time on the park to reach match fitness. Another talking point would be that Patrick Lambie will more than likely only be considered at fullback by Heyneke. This is a far cry from the highs of 2010 when the young Sharks flyhalf single handedly won the Currie Cup for his team and announced himself as SA’s form flyhalf.
Another change gives Ruan Pienaar an opportunity to make the no 9 jersey his own as he starts at scrumhalf with Francois Hougaard moving to the wing ahead of Lwazi Mvovo who has been dropped to the bench.
Here is the team:
15-Zane Kirchner, 14-Bryan Habana, 13-Jean de Villiers, 12-Francois Steyn, 11-Francois Hougaard, 10-Morne Steyn, 9-Ruan Pienaar, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 7-Willem Alberts, 6-Marcell Coetzee, 5-Juandre Kruger, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Jannie du Plessis, 2-Adriaan Strauss, 1-Tendai Mtawarira.
Bench: 16-Tiaan Liebenberg, 17-Pat Cilliers, 18-Flip van der Merwe, 19-Francois Louw, 20-Johan Goosen, 21-Patrick Lambie, 22-Lwazi Mvovo.Tweet