Richard Ferguson

Five uncapped Boks for Italy

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 5 Jun 2013 at 12:38
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The Springbok team to play Italy this Saturday has been announced, with 5 players making their debut in the match. Willie le Roux and Jano Vermaak will wear the Green and Gold for the first time as starters.

Trevor Nyakane, Arno Botha and Jan Serfontein are set to get their debuts off the bench.

As expected, the team has a certain light blue tinge to it, with seven of the fifteen starting players from the Pretoria based union.

Jean de Villiers has recovered in time to lead the team, joining JJ Engelbrecht in the midfield. The Bulls halfback combination is a clear indication of what type of game the Springboks are expected to play.

Adriaan Strauss splits the Sharks front rowers in Tendai Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis. With the news that Pieter-Steph du Toit is out injured, Eben Etzebeth and Juandre Kruger lock down in the second row. Francois Louw, Willem Alberts and Pierre Spies combine to form the anticipated loose trio.

Springboks: 1.Tendai Mtawarira, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Juandre Kruger, 6. Francois Louw, 7. Willem Alberts, 8. Pierre Spies, 9. Jano Vermaak, 10, Morne Steyn, 11. Bjorn Basson, 12. Jean de Villiers (Capt), 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 14. Bryan Habana, 15. Willie le Roux.
Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Flip van der Merwe, 20. Arno Botha, 21. Ruan Pienaar, 22. Pat Lambie, 23. Jan Serfontein.


  • Well…
    … At least Willie is playing and Kirchner isn’t.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.06.13 12:39:56 by SeanyJMc Reply
  • Much as expected then although I must admit I never thought Willie le Roux will start for the Boks under HM.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.06.13 12:41:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • awe 11. Bjorn Basson, nothing like a top winger in the team.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.06.13 12:42:52 by Uli Reply
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  • hmmm. Interesting team

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.06.13 12:45:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • oh well not an unexpected squad, but the Bulls players are smiling for sure. Seems like if you play for the bulls you have a very good shot at being a bok!!!! Why Bjorn Basson is there baffles the Mind.And as for Vermaak he is the SECOND string Bull but Starting bok ???? Sarel Pretorius must be Applying for an Australian Visa as we Speak.

    I don’t for a second actually believe that the Sharks boys should all be Starting but guys like Brussouw/Herbst/Joe Peterson should be there. We will easily beat Italy to silence Meyers Critics but the AB and Kangaroos will be waiting with knifes out knowing we are ripe for the Picking.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.06.13 12:47:17 by garethkorb Reply

  • Coenie as the TH cover, can he really play TH?

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.06.13 12:50:04 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • If you have Bjorn, Vermaak and Stain it means this will be typical brain dead rugby. So Willie will be in the same boat as Keegan was last year. 🙄

    Don’t expect to see much of anything from Willie, and if he does play his natural game, don’t expect to see him back.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.06.13 12:51:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Didn’t think Jano would get thrown straight into the starting lineup

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.06.13 12:51:52 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • I’d only make 3 changes to the starting line-up so not too bad I guess. 😕

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.06.13 12:54:11 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @garethkorb (Comment 5) : Sarel Pretorius can’t kick and he doesn’t tackle…..Vermaak is better than Hougaard and Piet van Zyl is better than Sarel.

    Right choice by Heyneke IMO although I would have liked Piet van Zyl to get a look in too.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.06.13 12:56:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @garethkorb (Comment 5) : Vermaak started most matches this year for the Bulls and for the rest seemed the better halfback of the two. Sarel Pretorius is also “second” string at Cheetahs as he has defensive issues.

    I like the side, especially the fact that Kirchner is not there. Doubt you’d find a Bulls fan wanting him there. Wing with Basson is bit shaky, but let’s see.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.06.13 12:57:09 by Bloembull Reply

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  • Coenie wants to play tighthead but I don’t think he’s played their this season. They should blood Adriaanse because Jannie needs rest and Coenie battles to scrum at TH and is an absolute animal at loosehead.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.06.13 13:01:06 by rumblo Reply
  • I sort of sorry that ‘our captain’ recovered. Would have liked Jan Serfontein there rather. Also Lappies has been miles better than Alberts and Arno at 8 better than Spies IMO.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.06.13 13:01:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well done to all selected. Wish them all the best, one and all. 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.06.13 13:06:47 by McLovin Reply

  • I’ll give HM the benefit of the doubt on all other selections in the current squad simply because he’s starting with Willie le Roux at the back and there’s no Kirchner on the bench. Vermaak’s start is also pretty exciting. Hopefully he breaks out of the Fourie du Preez mould that Pienaar and Hougaard are trying so hard to emulate.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.06.13 13:11:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : you must have won some money

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.06.13 13:13:53 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 16) : Just being nice. 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.06.13 13:15:05 by McLovin Reply

  • This is not a bad Bok side. Think they might just surprise us Saturday.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.06.13 13:20:07 by JD Reply
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  • South African rugby is in a bad cycle this year, reminds me 2003. Thankfully this year’s lack of flavour is due to injuries and not due to a lack of talented players.

    We are however a bit thin at 9, lots of quality youngsters coming through but they lack experience and finesse. Jano is getting a bit long in the tooth. (he’s what 29 this year?)

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.06.13 13:30:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Yeah – I am a bit worried Willie is being set up to fail.

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.06.13 13:33:06 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @JD (Comment 18) : Remind me who they are playing again…

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.06.13 13:35:03 by Talent Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : Yes ,I feel that way too.

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.06.13 13:38:37 by Talent Reply
  • Nothing too surprising.

    Seems HM is sticking to the ‘one free Bok jersey to some random Bull’ mentality though, just glad its not Krusty

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.06.13 13:39:30 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I’m glad for Jano, but I wonder if Lambie and Reinach might not have started had Reinach not get injured?

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.06.13 13:40:34 by KingRiaan Reply

  • a.There is no way that Flip is worse than Kruger and that Etzebeth couldn’t run a line-out with the aid of Spies…

    b.Is Louw as good an all round open-side as Brussow? Wait I thought Meyer didn’t want a fetch (translation I dont want a small forward).

    c.That backline is set up to do 2 things 1.Chase up and unders 2.Crash ball in the midfield and set up 2nd phase -how will Le Roux fit in with these plans?

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.06.13 13:43:49 by Talent Reply
  • Meyers game plan can be read like a book on the field ,a simple childs book that has bumble bees and corny illustrations…

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.06.13 13:45:56 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 26) : HM dumbed-down his gameplan so that his bulls players could understand it. 🙄

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.06.13 13:49:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • What irks me is how condescending he is about the unions. Watching the Boots n All interview he mentioned how he had been to all the unions and 😆 helped them 😆 LOOK AT WHAT HE’S DONE TO THE STORMERS AND SHARKS!!!

    He says he’s worked heavily on the breakdown and on defense, neither I would say the Bulls have ever been particularly clinical at, they’ve perhaps been more abrasive there but that doesn’t translate to efficiency. He’s still stuck in the beta version of today’s Rugby.

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.06.13 13:50:41 by Talent Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : Not by much ,he had to have understood it before that 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.06.13 13:52:48 by Talent Reply
  • Ja-nee, Bulls’ dof gameplan clearly not working. Must be why they are 2nd on the log. 🙄

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.06.13 13:59:07 by McLovin Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 28) : Mmmmmm, maybe without his input they might be lower on the SR log than the Kings at this stage? 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.06.13 14:01:10 by diablo Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : Take away the tries theyve scored through rolling mauls and where would they be?

    Had the Sharks not had so many injuries and issues; had the Sharks been the same side as they were last year (same goes for the Stormers) where would they be? Still getting clocked 30 10 by us…

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.06.13 14:01:53 by Talent Reply
  • I’m not a big HM fan, but I think Willie Le Roux will be fine in the team. Remember that HM used to always play at least one player in his backline with a bit of flair. Remember Ettiene Botha in his early 2000’s team, then later a young Habana.

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.06.13 14:02:25 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 31) : 😆 hmmm maybe 😮

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.06.13 14:02:46 by Talent Reply
  • Bjorn Basson…

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.06.13 14:03:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 32) : They don’t just score tries through rolling mauls. Intercepts as well.

    Well they have scored a heap of tries this season and not just from above. Their intent and intensity in the opponents half is this year impressive.

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.06.13 14:28:26 by Bloembull Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 32) : Are rolling mauls against the law? Nothing wrong then. How many tries have the Sharks(stormers) scored from mauls? If this and if that….. 🙄 If the sky fell down we’d all be wearing blue caps. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.06.13 14:50:23 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 37) : :mrgreen: With horns? 🙂 🙂 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.06.13 14:57:19 by diablo Reply

  • @ : diablo (Comment 38) : Probably. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.06.13 15:02:09 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 39) : 😯

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.06.13 15:05:58 by diablo Reply

  • guys, always remember…. it’s think, THEN type. Not the other way round.

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.06.13 15:08:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : If we had to think before we typed, we’d hardly have anything to say :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.06.13 15:15:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : McL obviously did think first 😉

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.06.13 15:17:30 by diablo Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : A motto I live my live by. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.06.13 15:24:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 43) : yes… I meant some of the others

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.06.13 15:36:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • What? No Marcel Coetzee for added impact off bench? Jano over Ruan? Basson over Mvovo or Aplon? Eberson is better than Engelbrecht anyday. Sorry this is HM we are talking about.Nuff said! 🙄 Why Coenis as TH cover & not Wors? once again all these questions!!!

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.06.13 15:43:01 by markm Reply

  • Not too fussed. Regarding the Boks as autonomous and apart from the Super Rugby scene the forward’s line-up is pretty similar to one that ended off last year. The backline is quite similar aside from Willie Le Roux and Jano. HM just added a few youngsters to the bench.

    With all injuries these days it won’t take long for our favourite players to get a shot.

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.06.13 15:59:51 by Robby Hambly Reply

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  • Vermaak and Basson is a bit of a surprise to me.

    Basson hasn’t been very great, but then we always have to go back and consider what style of play the coach will demand and who will suite that style of play best.

    It’s Italy, so anyone should look good.

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.06.13 16:01:19 by Maria Delport Reply

  • @markm (Comment 46) : Botha as impact player is more effective this whole season than Marcel. Engelbrecht and Ebersohn play 2 different centre positions and both exelled there. Can’t compare.

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.06.13 16:37:42 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 49) : Marcell starts for one the Sharks ,Botha seldom starts for the Bulls.

  • Comment 50, posted at 05.06.13 16:57:01 by Talent Reply
  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 49) : How does Jan Serfontein make it over Ebersohn? Ebersohn has excelled in an often dim Cheetahs team(in past years)and Jan Serfontein has only just become a regular in the team -playing less than a handful of games? To me there are still concerns over his passing game ,he is a little crashball merchant in the making, irrespective of what Hugh Bladen and Joel Stransky have to say…

  • Comment 51, posted at 05.06.13 17:01:31 by Talent Reply
  • This may be one of the best Italian sides we have faced. Their forward pack has some real talent in it and around that talent are some honest ,hardworking and experienced forwards.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we are caught slightly complacent and get a fright. If that happens you can expect Willie Le Roux to be the scapegoat and take the blame 😆

  • Comment 52, posted at 05.06.13 17:07:38 by Talent Reply
  • I’m just not getting excited about Bok rugby this year.

    I think its because last year was such an exercise in frustration!

  • Comment 53, posted at 05.06.13 17:33:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 53) : It’s a pretty darn bland year of rugby this, Sharks suck, Bokke super suck and the Bulls are the best team in SA, with their brand of rugby being the advertisement of SA has to offer the international rugby community.

    No wonder I’m more excited about seeing the kiwis take on the French than this sad sack in-bound comp we’ve got going during June. 🙄


  • Comment 54, posted at 05.06.13 18:09:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I was going to get cross about the selection of Morne Steyn, but since Meyer has said he wants to use both flyhalves, I’m alright. The news about du Toit sucks, I would have started Mvovo, I think it’s time to put du Plessis on the bench (I could be wrong), and lastly I think we need a proper tight-head on the bench, Coenies tight-head scrumming is not test worthy in the slightest.

  • Comment 55, posted at 05.06.13 18:26:38 by David12246 Reply

  • My type of loose trio: a fetcher, a brute, and an athlete.

  • Comment 56, posted at 06.06.13 11:14:45 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 56) :

    I would’ve preferred a fetcher, a brute and a rugby player, but hey ho, each unto his own.

  • Comment 57, posted at 06.06.13 12:50:31 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • We still playing too many experienced Bokke. Here is a chance to see whats on the side -the possibilities of next wcup

  • Comment 58, posted at 08.06.13 16:50:08 by Gerhardt Reply


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