Richard Ferguson

Cronje back, du Toit starts in Perth

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship, Wallabies on 7 Sep 2017 at 11:48
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Ross Cronje returns to the starting line up while Pieter-Steph du Toit gets his first start of the campaign.

Cronje has recovered from an ankle injury to take his place inside Lions team mate Elton Jantjies, replacing Francois Hougaard, who drops down to the bench.

In the second row, rotation sees Franco Mostert get the weekend off and Pieter-Steph du Toit getting a start alongside captain Eben Etzebeth. Lood de Jager gets his first taste of Bok rugby this campaign, getting a spot on the bench.

Speaking of the bench, we see the return of mercurial flyhalf Handre Pollard. Pollard is seen as a flyhalf and midfield reserve, which makes the selection of Damian de Allende rather strange alongside Pollard on the bench. Pollard has seen very little action this year, recovering from one injury after the other, and it will be interesting to see whether he gets 5 minutes at the end or an extended run.

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. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Eben Etzebeth (Capt), 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Trevor Nyakane, 19. Lood de Jager, 20. Jean-Luc du Preez, 21. Francois Hougaard, 22. Handre Pollard, 23. Damian de Allende


  • I would say de Allende is there to cover center maybe wing. Hougaard wing scrumhalf. Pollard Centre flyhalf maybe fullback.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.09.17 12:08:43 by coolfusion Reply
  • Apart from Cronje coming back this is a fairly bland team. We won’t win this one except by some luck and self sabotage by the wallabies.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.09.17 12:11:02 by coolfusion Reply
  • Must say i agree with a lot of this team. As was said the selection of De Allende is a strange one. Also think Rhule misses too many tackles for international rugby…so if anything id play De Allende on the wing and bring someone else in on the bench

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.09.17 12:15:00 by SheldonK Reply
  • @coolfusion (Comment 2) : We weren’t going to beat France and when we did it was because they sent a weak side.

    We weren’t going to beat Argentina and when we did it was because they were a poor side.

    I wouldn’t mind us beating the Aussies through luck or Aussie self-sabotage πŸ™‚

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.09.17 12:30:56 by Baylion Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 4) : Agreed. I don’t think this game will be an easy win but feel a win is certainly achievable.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.09.17 12:33:14 by Hulk Reply
  • @Hulk (Comment 5) : This is probably the first time since the mid 90s that the Boks is doing a full-on rebuild. We don’t have a core of experienced players in the team

    331 starting caps.
    178 bench caps.

    632 starting caps.
    162 bench caps.

    Of the 5 players with 30 caps or more only Beast and Etzebeth were regular starters under HM

    15. Andries Coetzee (Emirates Lions), 5 caps, 0 points
    14. Raymond Rhule (Toyota Cheetahs), 5 caps, 5 points (1 try)
    13. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), 21 caps, 25 points (5 tries)
    12. Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Bulls), 31 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
    11. Courtnall Skosan (Emirates Lions), 5 caps, 5 points (1 try)
    10. Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), 16 caps, 166 points (2 try, 30 conversions, 32 penalties)
    9. Ross Cronje (Emirates Lions), 3 caps, 5 points (1 try)
    8. Uzair Cassiem (Toyota Cheetahs) 3 caps, 5 points (1 try)
    7. Jaco Kriel (Emirates Lions), 10 caps, 0 points
    6. Siya Kolisi (DHL Stormers), 21 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
    5. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), 25 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
    4. Eben Etzebeth (captain, DHL Stormers), 59 caps, 15 points (3 tries)
    3. Coenie Oosthuizen (Cell C Sharks), 28 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
    2. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), 7 caps, 5 points (1 try)
    1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), 92 caps, 10 points (2 tries)
    16. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), 10 caps, 0 points
    17. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), 15 caps, 0 points
    18. Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), 30 caps, 5 points (1 try)
    19. Lood de Jager (Vodacom Bulls), 29 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
    20. Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks), 6 caps, 5 points (1 try)
    21. Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors, England) 44 caps, 25 points (5 tries)
    22. HandrΓ© Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), 20 caps, 188 points (2 tries, 29 conversions, 37 penalties, 3 drop goals)
    23. Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), 24 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.09.17 12:40:47 by Baylion Reply
  • Boks by 10.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.09.17 12:47:59 by McLovin Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 6) : between Beast and Etzebeth they almost have half of the total starting caps (151 out of 331)!?!?!?

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.09.17 12:50:07 by JD Reply
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  • Not so strange. Jesse covers wing and fullback……….. and don’t forget AC loves DdA!!!! 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.09.17 12:54:09 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 4) : Hell i wouldnt mind if Suzie got involved again… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.09.17 12:56:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • I fail to understand how Pollard can be out injured for such a long time and then be brought into contention without even playing a single game after recovery – International Rugby nogal…if he comes on will he be conditioned enough for the hits etc.? Common sense tells me to be conditioned you have to play against actual players take hits, and give hits(tackles). Surely being sharp on the training field and being sharp on the International playing field is two different scenario’s? or am I missing something? ❓ ❓

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.09.17 13:45:35 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 11) : Yes you are missing who the coach is. A man not concerned with such things just a winning record.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.09.17 14:58:13 by coolfusion Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 11) : @coolfusion (Comment 12) : again using common sense when talking about our beloved coach and the powers that be!?!?!? DuToit04 have you learned nothing in the past couple of years!?!?!? 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.09.17 15:42:02 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 13) : Without being funny who else does Coetzee have to choose from, think a three quarter fit and game ready Pollard is better than any other option

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.09.17 16:26:43 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : That is not untrue. It’s just long term wasting these guys by not managing them right will constantly leave him coming up short. And options are quickly drying up. Getting the guys fighting fit may be worth more than just proving a point at this stage. World cup is not that far away.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.09.17 17:18:16 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : Not that I think we will be able to prove that point. Just yet.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.09.17 17:20:09 by coolfusion Reply

  • @JD (Comment 13) : Ja. My mistake.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.09.17 17:21:46 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 14) : yes I know there’s not a whole lot of other option but it worries me a bit that he has not played any rugby for a while. Anyway it’s not the selection of Pollard that’s my biggest problem it’s the blind persistence with DdA while players like Am does not get a chance!

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.09.17 20:43:55 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 17) : glad you realised it!!! 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.09.17 20:47:18 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 13) : eish guys – how could i have forgotten – let’s hope for the best then…maybe it’s a case of not wanting him to get injured again in a provincial game, rather see if he doesn’t get hurt in a harder, tougher international game – ahhhh some of the choices reminds me of the great P Divvy!

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.09.17 08:29:05 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 20) : hahaha ja let’s see how they play!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.09.17 08:36:48 by JD Reply
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