Mohoje starts for Boks at last

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 24 Sep 2014 at 11:44
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Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was not able to completely resist the temptation to bring veteran Schalk Burger into his match 23 for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against the Wallabies in Cape Town, but at least has done so via the bench, rather than pinching a starting spot from a deserving youngster. After months of tackle bag duty, Free State’s Teboho Mohoje has at last been named to start a test and will wear the number 7 jersey.

Injury to Francois Louw has prompted a back row reshuffle, with Marcell Coetzee moving to the openside to make room for Mohoje. Burger replaces the unfortunate Warren Whiteley on the bench, in a move that’s hard to really justify. Bakkies Botha, likewise, comes in for Lood de Jager, but the forward unit is otherwise unchanged.

Among the backs, Ruan Pienaar’s injury has opened the door for Francois Hougaard to start at scrumhalf, with a welcome (and belated) inclusion for Cobus Reinach on the bench. Reinach stands to become the twelfth son of a former Springbok to take the field in a test.

Also on the bench this week is JP Pietersen, who replaces Damian de Allende as three-quarter reserve.

Springboks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Duane Vermuelen, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Straiss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Reserves: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Mewe, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 JP Pietersen.


  • Well we knew it would happen but still congrats to Cobus on getting into the 23!

    Must say I’m very excited to see this loose trio in action. Flip I hope that Marcell Duane Oupa combination clicks and proves to be as devastating to the aussies as I think it can be.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.09.14 11:53:50 by gregkaos Reply
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  • no Mvovo in the 23, which means we get him back

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.09.14 12:22:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m not sure Janine will like this post.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.09.14 12:40:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I know a lot of this sight and it’s articles are opinion based Rob, but I simply cannot say “..welcome and belated inclusion on the bench for Cobus Reinach!”

    No attack on a players personality or anything like that – but Reinach played poorly for the Sharks, save for moments of athletic genius. He was avg to bad in the ’12 Currie cup final and hasn’t improved since. He has such terrible decision making – whether it be kicking or passing. His basin scrummy duties are poor and I can’t see how HM has included him over any if Kockott, Vermaak, McLeod (up and down for sure but still)…

    He is exactly like Hougaard in this regard

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.09.14 13:17:35 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Decent team. We might win it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.09.14 13:18:51 by Mutley Reply
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  • You guys did see that Kockott was called up to the French training camp?

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.09.14 13:41:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) : no but must say it’s no surprise.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.09.14 14:49:49 by JD Reply
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  • Glad to see Pat will get another 79min on a Bok bench. Very soon he will hold the world record for most time spent sitting on a bench.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.09.14 14:52:36 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : He will suffer in the long run just as Ruan Pienaar has…he has never reached his full potential at Tests either due to his first 50 odd tests swapping positions, and sitting on the wood.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.09.14 15:09:50 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 9) : sad to say but maybe time for Pat to swop Green & Gold for the blue of Scotland? !?!?!

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.09.14 23:22:32 by JD Reply
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  • To bad for Warren Whiteley, just being kept from captaining his CC team to a possible winning campaign this year. Wonder if they will release him so that he can finish his campaign with them?

    This is the problem of not releasing Boks after RC is over, I feel there’s plenty of players that could benefit from taking part in the last few games. Those riding the bench and not getting more than 5 or 10 minutes or even less, as well as those that never even got onto the bench.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.14 08:01:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 4) : I agree CR has plenty of work to do, but I think Hougaard is actually much worse than him.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.14 08:26:59 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : Whitely has a lot more to offer the Boks than Burger IMO.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.14 08:27:36 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Im glad to see Mahoje start as I really dont like when coaches pick a player with no intention of playing them…i hope he puts in a good performance. Can someone find the stats for the most rugby played in 12 months as im sure Jannie Dup must hold that record or be very close. Lots of experience on the bench…HM’s insurance policy perhaps? I didnt think he was brave enough to have youngsters on the bench. The Aussies will be very tough to beat so hope we are up for it

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.14 08:29:53 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) :

    I can’t see why HM would elevate Whiteley ahead of Mahoje for the last 2 games and then drop him from the match 23 completely for this game.

    I really like Schalk Burger and Juan Smith used to be one of my favorite players, Bakkies has been great for Bok rugby, but I can’t see how Bok rugby benifits from giving these guys a last look into the Bok team???

    Whiteley, at the very least, should have been on the bench.

    Now you bring in two over the hill, overseas players to take the place of two very promising young players, makes no sense to me.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.14 08:58:24 by Letgo Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) :

    I think he holds the record for mast rugby played in 4 years. I can’t remember when last he had a game off. And he’s really fortunate with injuries also.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.14 09:00:00 by Letgo Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 4) :

    Hougaard used to be a pretty decent Scrummy. Fast and accurate service, and dangerous around the fringes, with a little work needed on his kicking.

    I think CR falls into the same mold, without having spent time on the wing and time with the Boks (who I’m sorry to say, has a reputation of ruining creative players). His service is to slow at times and decision making that of an inexperienced player, but he has a crisp pass and actually a pretty decent long kicking game, and just like Hougaard is dangeous around the fringes.

    There’s real potential there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.14 09:05:31 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 16) : U can clearly see the guy is running on less than empty…he is not explosive etc. His tackle count is so low

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.14 09:18:09 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) : Burger was great in his prime, but he still yet another of the run of the mill bashing type loose forward (even though he was a very good one). Whitely – if used correctly could add a totally different dimension to the Bok loose trio.

    Bakkies in place of Lood also makes no sense in the medium term. Lood has gone a bit of the boil after a very good start in a Bok jersey, but I would still have preferred him on the bench.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.14 09:22:52 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • I find it challenging to like Meyer when he drops Whiteley for Scalla (no offense to Schalk but surely Whiteley offers more).

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.09.14 09:51:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) : I just don’t the SA mentality when it gets to players over 30,VM it could be agued as he is 38 but SB is maybe younger if not the same age as Richie yet questions are not asked about him playing ahead of SC. The same could be said about JDV and Ma’a playing ahead of Jan/Damien and MF.

    Whitely was the best 8th man in SR and played well off the bench but HM might be looking at bruising the wallabies then maybe rest DV by adding an experienced head in SB instead of playing the 2nd half with MC being the most experienced Loosie on the park,on the other hand replacing VM with Lood would also have Bissie in the 2nd half as the only 1 in the pack with more than 30 caps. We need to close out wins and we failed in Perth??

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.09.14 11:05:07 by Chippa Reply

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  • @Chippa (Comment 21) :


  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.14 11:42:04 by Morné Reply
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  • @Chippa (Comment 21) : Schalk is 2 years younger than Ritchie, but to be honest I can’t remember when Schalk last had a major influence even in a Stormers match.

    Schalk will most likely replace Oupa (or obviously any back row player that gets injured). I don’t see HM taking off Duane unless he is forced to.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.09.14 12:25:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) :

    Perhaps because Schalk isn’t the old bash-it-up player anymore and evolved into a more rounded loosie who these days is very much a ball carrier but also link-player. Schalk has one of the highest percentages on off-loads and passes per match of all loosies in SR.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.09.14 12:31:03 by Morné Reply
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  • @Chippa (Comment 21) : Well said. I think it also needs to be pointed out the what if scenario that Duane gets injured. Marcell, Oupa and Whiteley trio, while has great potential, is exceptionally risky. Putting the team in a position where we could potentially have as few as two caps covering two core positions for the Boks is just inviting the rugby gods of bad luck to smite us.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.09.14 12:52:38 by gregkaos Reply
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