Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has kept changes to a minimum ahead of Saturday’s return Rugby Championship fixture against Argentina n Mendoza.
Meyer has kept faith in the starting lineup that recorded a 73-13 win over the same opposition in Soweto last week – and who can blame him for doing so? The only change – enforced though it may be – is a significant one. Reserve scrumhalf Fourie du Preez was arguably the architect of the Boks’ huge win, with a marked improvement in their all-round play pretty much from the moment he took the field. A strange contractual quirk means that the former Bull will not be available this week, meaning a move into the match 23 for Jano Vermaak.
Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis, though named on the bench, is in line for a 50th test cap this week.
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.