Richard Ferguson

Cassiem starts, Bosch on the bench

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Argentina, Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 17 Aug 2017 at 14:11
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The Springbok team to face Argentina this weekend has been announced with Curwin Bosch in line to make his debut off the bench.

Eben Etzebeth leads a strong South African side in the first match of this year’s Rugby Championship.

The backline is almost unchanged from the last test against France with Ross Cronje returning in place of Francois Hougaard, who is on the bench this weekend.

There are a few changes to the forward pack. Uzair Cassiem gets his shot in the 8 jersey in the absence of Warren Whiteley while Jaco Kriel continues on the side of the scrum. With the injury to Frans Malherbe and Ruan Dreyerโ€™s paternity leave, Coenie Oosthuizen gets another go at playing in the front row.

Trevor Nyakane is on the bench as cover for Coenie while Damian de Allende is back in the match day squad to cover the midfield and wings.

Springboks: 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Raymond Rhule, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Uzair Cassiem, 7. Jaco Kriel, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Trevor Nyakane, 19. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20. Jean-Luc du Preez, 21. Francois Hougaard, 22. Curwin Bosch, 23. Damian de Allende


  • Eben Etsebeth leas a strong side… Bwahaha…. Weakest bok side ever. My view

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.08.17 14:26:57 by ebenp Reply
  • @ebenp (Comment 1) : Kinda agree not bad front row, good second row, weak loose trio,,Ross ok then its just so bland all the way back to 15.Suerly in the whole country we must have someone better than Houghaard on the bench.
    Bosch is nowhere near ready to back up the inconsistent Jantjies,and please tell me what has deAllende done all year to get a call up never mind place on the bench, ditto Rhule.and Mbonambi is a joke .

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.08.17 14:39:39 by The hound Reply
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  • So he has been consistent mostly with the guys that did well vs France. Personally would have played DuPreez at 8. Also think Rhule is a bit lucky. And yeh player 23 is puzzling. So thats 3 of 23…not too bad

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.08.17 14:52:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • Some sad news is Thomas du Toits leg in a boot just not sure yet how long he is out for.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.17 14:52:18 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 2) : Agree, a few passengers there. The bench doesn’t inspire confidence

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.17 14:53:24 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @sharks_lover (Comment 4) : eina!!! Could still only be a sprain (he thinks in a hopeful voice ๐Ÿ˜ฏ )!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.17 15:50:56 by JD Reply
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  • Loose trio is unbalanced, Rhule needs to improve on defence. Locks are great, front row solid.

    Overall not the strongest ever, bench not inspiring, but I’d like to see what other readers would have chosen as their team.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.17 15:59:07 by StevieS Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : Can understand your preference for Dan at 8, but honestly Cassiem has taken his chances, when he had them, and hasn’t played badly in a bok jersey!

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.17 16:35:08 by KingCheetah Reply

  • we need to take into account transformation. de allende is a player of colour. Cant drop Rhule for Combrink unfortunately, i wonder what SARU did to get governments backing

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.17 16:36:43 by Dunx Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : Agree with Cassiem, he has proven he can play at that level just like mostert took his chance and pushed de jager and du toit out of the starting lineup. Ross needs to start to assist Jantjies. The 2 go together they are a combination and he bringing much calmness. Still dont think Jessie Kriel is best suited to outside. But who to replace him with. I hope serfontein improves his passing and distribution game

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.17 16:40:37 by Dunx Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : Yep Cassiem is the business, im not upset with the loose trio, glad to see kriel back and siya has been good.

    kind soon for bosch, should have played more CC and they should have selected lionel Cronje as back up fh with pollard and lambie out injured. louie Schroeder way more deserving than hougie, hougie has been sub par for the boks, same with paige. how do we only have one effective scrummie in the whole country ? could have had faf on the bench

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.08.17 17:05:38 by revolverocelot Reply

  • though the faf thing is complicated, his going to sale but unlike jan serf he was never going to be able to get 30 caps before the northern hemp season starts.

    Anton Bresler in the scottish training camp, good for you oh friends

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.08.17 17:24:26 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Terrible team. You look at 1-15 and you think to yourself “Are these really the best players from Super Rugby?!” ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.08.17 18:54:09 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 2) : Spot on assessment. Do we not have wings anymore in this country?

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.08.17 18:55:49 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 14) : Heard this rumor that the sharks have 2 big boys with pace that might fit the mould of international class wings

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.08.17 18:59:07 by jdolivier Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : also very glad for Bresler now for him to make it into the six nations squad!!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.08.17 19:01:53 by JD Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 9) : better to keep in line with site rules and steer clear of that whole debate even if the boss is on holiday!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.08.17 19:04:27 by JD Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 9) : Pretty sure that Allister Coetzee’s biased towards certain players and inability to think outside the box trumps the government “requirements”

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.08.17 19:39:53 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 18) : The elephant in the room always has that in mind, but i agree with your assessment that the coach is unable to go outside of his norm, we look at his history with the stormers and it shows. I would have preferred Am in the bokke before de allende he covers both centres and distributes very well. I would like to see Ox getting into the team before the bull prop. But being able to play both side of the scrum gets him a nod it seems.we have got so many form players that have been excluded.

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.08.17 07:38:45 by Dunx Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : Its more a personal preference of wanting either Cassiem or JL Dupreez at 7 with Kriel at 8. Agree that Cassiem has done well n a Bok jersey and his physicality will help vs Arg.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.08.17 08:40:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 15) : I’d rather have Kobus Van Wyk and Sibs Nkosi any day over these 2 ‘bok’ wings. Van Wyk was probably our unsung hero in the competition. Bust through tackles and got us 10 extra metres every time he carried the ball. And of course, Nkosi is a beast in the making.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.08.17 09:47:40 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • Let’s just hope AC sends Bosch on when Ross is still on the field… ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.08.17 10:05:09 by Quintin Reply

  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 21) : Agree with you on both, I feel our current Bok back three too small for the RC(was ok vs the French, but won’t be against some of the NZ monster wings) although I do like Skosan and I feel he deserves his spot.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.08.17 10:08:46 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 23) : I like Skosan too, but he’s going to get munched.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.08.17 11:53:58 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • I hardly think anyone can argue Skosans selection in the team. He’s proven over 2 seasons he’s a good enough. Rhule on the other hand is incredibly lucky to still be in the mix. Coetzee also one that has earned his place.

    Centres are as expected, de Allende on the bench is as predicable as it is surprising.

    Halfbacks deserve their spot, can’t argue there.

    Loosies, ok it’s unbalanced and I’d have put Kriel on the bench and started JL.

    Locks, no issues there. Glad Mostert is getting rewarded for a good SR season, Ruan Botha can count himself unlucky.

    Props are as expected, although not sure Beast should be starting, he’s not played since the French series and feel it’s foolish to start him. Marx deserves his spot and with the injuries feel Coenie is the right call. I actually worry about Dreyer, feel he gives away to many scrum penalties.

    The less said about the bench the better. Bongi Mbonambi, not the second best we have. Steven Kitshoff, good call, probably should be starting. Trevor Nyakane, really????? 19. Pieter-Steph du Toit, still feel this guy is great, despite an awful season, perhaps all the Black and White ferocity has drained out of him. Jean-Luc du Preez, should start but what a unit to bring on late in the game. Francois Hougaard, no one else, really? Curwin Bosch, glad for him but it’s to soon in my opinion. Damian de Allende, no comment.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.08.17 13:27:00 by Hulk Reply

  • This team will probably be O.K against Argentina,but against the AB’s and even Aus ,please.
    Pity we didn’t play our first game against the AB’s,got the shit kicked out of us and then forced to immediately redress, the situation
    This way we once more go forward with false confidence.
    I worry about this dipshit Etzebeth’s ability to captain anything other than a rubber dingy.,
    I cannot for the life of me believe he is the best captain we have in South Africa.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.08.17 13:46:46 by The hound Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 25) : Yeah agree Rhule, Damian, Bongi and Hougaard to me has no business in the Bok team, we have much better options. Also think it’s too soon for Curwin but maybe he proves us wrong. Just physically where he’s not ready for international.

    @The hound (Comment 26) : I agree with the false confidence as well as with Effy, he’s not a good captain to me at all. My concern is out back three, we need some bulk there against NZ or we will be run over or bumped easily(see Hurricanes vs Stormers).

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.08.17 13:56:47 by Quintin Reply

  • At least AC maintained a Lions backbone, as much as he could with Whiteley injured

    2 Marx
    5 Mostert
    7 Kriel
    8 Cassiem (his time spent at the Lions will help here)
    9 Cronje
    10 Jantjies
    15 Coetzee

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.08.17 14:56:22 by Baylion Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 19) : Am, big Andre and burger odendaal are all definitely better options at center than Domeen die ellendig. With Am you also have wing cover should we need it

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.08.17 16:44:43 by jdolivier Reply

  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 21) : Hopefully ac reads your comment and a light bulb goes on

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.08.17 16:45:33 by jdolivier Reply

  • Does anyone know what Marcel Coetzee is doing, and if he will ever be considered for a Bok jersey again.
    I find it such a tragedy that probably the best rugby player , or at least the most exciting we have produced in a decade is washed up at 26,thisis serious bullshit.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.08.17 17:12:08 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : He only has 28 caps, so does not meet the 30 cap threshold for consideration for out of country Boks, very unfortunate inded.

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.08.17 17:21:09 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : He also suffered another serious knee injury in May and is recovering from that. He has only played 4 rugby matches in the past 16 months or so, after his knee injury with the Sharks kept him out of most of the SuperRugby campaign and then kept him out of the Ulster team until April, and he injured his knee in May the fourth match for Ulster. Very sad year for Marcel.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.08.17 17:26:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : The 30 cap rule doesn’t apply to the RWC, he could be considered for the 2019 RWC if he shows he’s still a factor after his injuries

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.08.17 18:24:15 by Baylion Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 29) : talking about Andre, interesting to see him listed at 10 for his Japanese game tomorrow.

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.08.17 21:21:24 by Rienke36 Reply

  • @Rienke36 (Comment 35) : Quite an interesting move, could only improve his distribution skills. Maybe Carlos the jackal spotted something other coaches have missed

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.08.17 21:38:34 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Rienke36 (Comment 35) : @jdolivier (Comment 36) : that’s very interesting. Would love to see how he played at 10 and to know why the shift!?

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.08.17 08:38:52 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 37) : With our wealth of centres, an Aaron Mauger type inside that covers flyhalf is a benefit. Hope it goes well

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.08.17 09:10:03 by jdolivier Reply

  • Anyone wondering in what frame of mind Lions supporters must be in these days – havent managed to register a win in 3 weeks straight. Swys de Bruyn must also be wondering about his abilities. That performance last night against WP was really poor.

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.08.17 10:57:11 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 38) : for sure!

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.08.17 19:07:35 by JD Reply
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