Bok call-ups for du Toit, Coetzee

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 23 Sep 2013 at 09:16
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Sharks forwards Pieter-Steph du Toit and Marcell Coetzee have been included in Heyneke’s Meyer’s Springbok squad for the home Rugby Championship tests against Australia and New Zealand, after both playing starring roles in Saturday’s big Currie Cup win over the Cheetahs.

Coetzee, of course, was a part of the squad that toured the Anitpodes earlier in the month, but was released back to the Sharks (for just one weekend, it seems) due to limited game time on that trip. Du Toit, on the other hand, was originally named in the squad, only to be withdrawn later due to a sternum injury. His place was taken by the Lions’ Franco van der Merwe, but Meyer has now once again backed the Sharks youngster over the Lions veteran.

Also enjoying a fresh call-up is Western Province centre Juan de Jongh, who missed out on the overseas leg, but has been putting in good displays in the Currie Cup.

The Boks play Australia in Cape Town on Saturday and the All Blacks at Ellis Park a week later.

South Africa:
Forwards (17): Lourens Adriaanse, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Juandré Kruger, Francois Louw, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen.

Backs (13): Bjorn Basson, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (captain), Fourie du Preez, JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Ruan Pienaar, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak.


  • Will the guys not in the 22 be released to play Currie Cup this weekend? The games are in SA so it makes little sense to have guys sitting in the stands watching when they could be playing and staying sharp. Especially guys like PSDT and Coetzee who havnt played much lately.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.13 09:40:18 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : agreed

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.13 10:17:23 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : would make sense, but I doubt it.

    PSDT will make the 22 anyway.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.13 10:24:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hmmm, this doesn`t exactly suit us.
    Why didn`t they go with Franco rather? 👿

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.13 10:34:35 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : he is a class act,he will always make the 22,problem is he is black & white and not blue

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.13 10:42:03 by benji Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Rob i understand Meyer’s thinking but thats just bad player management. The guy has had 2 Currie Cups games- the tempo is way off that of a test. Now he must come off the bench and play a crucial part late on in a test. Thats risky if you ask me. Why change a winning Bok formula? Both PSDT and Coetzee are great players and seem to be on form- but so is the current Bok combo. I get why they included but surely releasing gusy like De Jong,PSDT and Coetzee to actually play this weekend would make better player management sense

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.13 10:47:22 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : I agree with you. If it was me, I would have left PS to play Currie Cup and then capped him on EOYT.

    But Meyer rates him and wants to cap him ASAP, it seems.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.13 11:00:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I wouldn’t be overly surprised if Meyer doesn’t use PSTD in the next 2 tests. I think it’s more to do with been part of the Springbok squad, learning from the guys, and getting to know the Boks game, etc, so that he can hit the ground running come EYOT.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.13 11:47:39 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Pity losing both PSDT and Marcell just before the crucial Lions game on Friday. The pack just looked a lot better with them in it

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.13 11:57:39 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Yeh it does seem that way. So does that mean Flip out and Eben and Kruger to start with PSDT bench? Would be only reason to call him up. Bit harsh on Franco VD Merwe who i also think has been playing well. As for Coetzee, he wont start if the 3 loosies are fit and Kolisi seems to be bench option so hope he gets released again.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.09.13 12:00:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • Potential Match 23 to face Australia this weekend:

    1 Mtawarira
    2 B du Plessis
    3 J du Plessis

    4 Etzebeth
    5 Kruger / VD Merwe

    6 Louw
    7 Alberts
    8 Vermeulen

    9 Pienaar
    10 Lambie
    11 Habana
    12 De Villiers (c)
    13 Engelbrecht
    14 Basson
    15 Le Roux

    16 Strauss
    17 Oosthuizen
    18 Steenkamp
    19 PS du Toit
    20 Kolisi
    21 Du Preez
    22 Steyn
    23 Serfontein

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.09.13 14:46:01 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 11) : Is this what you would pick? Because there are a few things we know Meyer will and will not do. He is going to play Strauss this weekend, he will start du Preez, he certainly will not be starting Lambie (unfortunately), and lastly we can be sure he will go with Kirchner at 15 instead of Basson at 14. Meyers team by my guess:

    1. Beast
    2. Strauss
    3. du Plessis/Oosthuizen (possible rotation)
    4. Etzebeth
    5. Kruger
    6. Louw
    7. Alberts
    8. Vermeulen
    9. du Preez
    10. Steyn
    11. Habana
    12. de Villiers/Serfontein (possible rotation)
    13. Engelbrecht/de Villiers (de Villiers to start either way)
    14. le Roux
    15. Kirchner

    16. du Plessis
    17. Steenkamp
    18. Oosthuizen
    19. du Toit
    20. Coetzee
    21. Pienaar
    22. Lambie
    23. Serfontein/Engelbrecht

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.09.13 17:32:38 by David12246 Reply


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