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Rassie hands out 13 new Bok caps

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 30 May 2018 at 11:11
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Coach Rassie Erasmus has named his first Springbok team, which will face Wales in Washington this weekend.

There seems to have been some confusion with the original squad announcement released by SA Rugby, with Robert du Preez actually in America and getting a seat on the bench.

Ox Nche, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Wilco Louw start in the front row with Captain Pieter Steph du Toit and Jason Jenkins completing the second row. Kwagga Smith gets a first start alongside Oupa Mohoje and Dan du Preez in the loose trio.

Of the three uncapped scrumhalves, Rassie has gone with Ivan van Zyl to partner Elton Jantjies, while the centres are as expected, Esterhuizen getting his first Bok start. Makazole Mapimpi, Travis Ismaiel and Curwin Bosch form an inexperienced back three with plenty of pace and excitement.

The entire bench bar Steven Kitshoff and Warrick Gelant are uncapped, with Sharks Akker van der Merwe, Thomas du Toit and Robert du Preez in line for their first taste of Bok rugby.

Springbok team to face Wales:

15. Curwin Bosch (Cell C Sharks, 1, 0)
14. Travis Ismaiel (Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
13. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls, 29, 40 – 8t)
12. Andre Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
11. Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
10. Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions, 23, 203 – 2t, 38c, 39p)
9. Ivan van Zyl (Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
8. Dan du Preez (Cell C Sharks, 3, 0)
7. Oupa Mohoje (Toyota Cheetahs 18, 0)
6. Kwagga Smith (Emirates Lions, uncapped)
5. Pieter-Steph du Toit (captain, DHL Stormers, 32, 20 – 4t)
4. Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
3. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers, 5, 0)
2. Chiliboy Ralepelle (Cell C Sharks 23, 5 – 1t)
1. Ox Nche (prop, Toyota Cheetahs, uncapped)

16. Akker van der Merwe (Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
17. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers, 23, 5 – 1t)
18. Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
19. Marvin Orie (Emirates Lions, uncapped)
20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers, uncapped)
21. Embrose Papier (Vodacom Bulls, uncapped)
22. Robert du Preez (Cell C Sharks, uncapped)
23. Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Bulls, 2, 5 – 1t)


  • Pretty much as expected, pity about Cam missing out though.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.05.18 11:27:20 by Keagan_Sharks Reply
  • @Keagan_Sharks (Comment 1) : And Akker should have started purely based on form.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.05.18 11:33:01 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 2) : Probably saving him for Eng.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.05.18 11:59:49 by McLovin Reply

  • Exciting game, whos staying up to watch?

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.05.18 12:08:58 by Keagan_Sharks Reply

  • @Keagan_Sharks (Comment 4) : I’ll be watching. Going to be an interesting game.

    Exciting team. Pity about Cam missing out.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.05.18 12:17:02 by StevieS Reply
  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 2) : Perhaps, but I can see what Rassie is trying to do : each group of players has an experienced player next to the newby. Outside backs are an exception to this though.

    This has to be the fastest Springbok team I’ve ever seen. Hopefully we get the chance to use that pace and run Wales ragged.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.05.18 12:28:19 by josefgremlin Reply

  • Sharks players to be exhuasted after all these flights

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.05.18 13:02:23 by revolverocelot Reply

  • With a name like Cameron Wright, I would be looking to wear an European nations jersey. I cant see him becoming a Bok regular while he may just become that for some European rugby playing nation.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.05.18 13:31:00 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Very exciting team. Nice Balance with some real speed a bit of muscle and a few grafters(Mohoje,Jenkins,Chilli, Louw). Pity about Cam but another season of pushing to get there sometimes brings out the best in a player(although he may be on the bench against england)

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.05.18 14:00:46 by Byron Wright Reply

  • Quite surprised to see Bosch ahead of Gelant

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.05.18 14:05:40 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) :

    Same here.. I thought that this was the ideal game to give Gelant the 15 jersey..

    Rassie must have another plan at fullback against England

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.05.18 14:06:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I hope Rassie has more planned for Cam than a flight ticket to Trump country just to hold some tackle bags.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.05.18 15:54:52 by Bokhoring Reply
  • To me it looks like a mixed bag that attempts to answer questions on many youngsters.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.05.18 16:16:09 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : Maybe we are going to see Steyn there?

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.05.18 08:27:37 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 14) : Or Willie? Rassie appears to rate him highly. Steyn has been playing mostly at 12 for Montpelier, I believe.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.05.18 09:47:53 by StevieS Reply
  • Pretty decent team on paper, strong bench and apparently that is something Rassie has spoken about- picking a team of 23 that can comepte for 80min. Interesting that not much has been made of Embrose Papier selection to the Boks- guy cant even make the Bulls bench….wonder if it creates some internal politics there at the Bulls in terms of pecking order

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.05.18 11:08:08 by SheldonK Reply

  • @StevieS (Comment 15) : Steyn has actually played a lot at 13 since the arrival of Serfontein

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.05.18 11:08:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : Hence my post @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : urging Cameron Wright to look at rather playing for another country before he is capped for the Boks. The wrighting ( :mrgreen: ) is clearly on the wall when it comes to the Bok 9 jersey.

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.05.18 11:57:11 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Did anyone catch the Baby Boks against Georgia last night, I didnt see the whole game but what I did see was not very encouraging. Any thoughts?

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.05.18 12:08:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : Saw a bit, not encouraging at all. Lots of unforced errros

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.05.18 12:09:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : I think Cam probably needs to work on nailing down the sharks first choice jersey before he worries too much about the Boks. He has been playing well but needs to establish himself as the no.1

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.05.18 12:22:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : I watched the whole match and we played against ourselves. Didn’t look like the same team who won England a couple weeks ago, they were much better in that game. Many handling errors but I’ve seen them play good rugby and I’m sure they’ll sort it out.

    We were awarded a penalty in front of the post with about 5/6mins left and only 6 points ahead, our 9 decided to take the quick tap instead of going for poles. Nervy ending.

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.05.18 12:34:50 by Quintin Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : I get the feeling that when it comes to the Sharks scrumhalf rotation is a given. I dont think there is a position to nail down. Maybe the coach sees both players as equally on form and is thus happy to rotate them.

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.05.18 13:26:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : I also watched some of those games that were played in SA. After yesterday I am left wondering if the foreign teams held back big time in their intensity while we “went for it”.

    I caaught some of the France / Ireland game, the Frenchies looked pretty good.

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.05.18 13:30:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : One would suspect that that would make it harder to nail down a Bok spot?

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.05.18 13:35:38 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : For me Cam is the better player of the two.

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.05.18 14:52:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 26) : Agree, on this years form. Schreuder shone last year.

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.05.18 14:54:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : Good to have both in any case.

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.05.18 14:55:50 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : Do you think that has to do with DuPreez at 10 now and not Bosch? DuPreez wants the ball early so he can take it to the line and make the decisions- that sits Cam’s play. Where as Bosch plays deeper at 10 allowing Shcreuder to be more of the playmaker that suits him. Just a thought

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.05.18 15:39:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : Definitely not complaining.

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.05.18 15:39:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I expect this to be quite a disjointed game – hardly any existing combinations in that back line.

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.05.18 16:05:59 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 31) : Yup, could be quite a few scrums. Welsh side also kind of just thrown together

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.05.18 16:09:24 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 29) : If you compare like with like (Currie Cup is not Super Rugby level) LS was really good playing with Lionel for the Kings. Can’t recall much about who was the playmaker there

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.05.18 16:11:10 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 33) : Schreuder for me, irrespective of comp was doing a lot of goods things last year. he then got injured and ever since he came back he hasnt been as assured. Got to wonder if he came back before he was 100%. As for Cam i really liked hat i saw before he left for France so glad he is in that form again. Kinda reminds me of Hougaard but with a better pass…there are actually stories of the sharks management telling him to slow the pass down when giving it to the forwards :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.05.18 16:23:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : If they continue playing like that they probably won’t advance past the pool stage. It felt like the Sharks vs Rebels all over again.

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.05.18 16:56:45 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • The Cell C Sharks XV

    1. Jordan Els

    2. Kerron van Vuuren

    3. Khutha Mchunu

    4. Andrew Evans

    5. Rikus Zwart

    6. Wian Vosloo

    7. Kwanda Dimaza

    8. Tera Mtembu

    9. Francois de Villiers

    10. Danrich Visagie

    11. Aphelele Fassi

    12. Johan Deysel (C)

    13. Jeremy Ward

    14. Tristan Blewett

    15. Courtney Winnaar

    16. Andrew du Plessis

    17. Mzamo Majola

    18. Kyle Whyte

    19. JJ van der Mescht

    20. Cornelius Otto

    21. Grant Williams

    22. Rhyno Smith

    interesting team Rhynos back, that’s great

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.05.18 17:44:27 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) :

    You mean like Percy Montgomery?

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.06.18 02:50:15 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 36) : Very interesting. Lots of names left out like Hyron Andrews, Jean Droste, Gideon Koegenlenberg, Leolin Zas, Kobus Van Wyk, Garth April etc…

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.06.18 08:29:13 by SheldonK Reply

  • I think the Bok team picked has nice balance.
    Solid front row;
    a grafter at 4 and a more athletic 5;
    good player over the ball at 6- Physical (also good lineout forward) at 7- Strong 8(not the best link though)
    Decent kicker at 9 paired with an attacking 10
    Strong runner at 12 paired with speed at 13
    Speed and a bit of size in the back three with a fullback who can kick and join the line.

    That reads like a good template for most sides

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.06.18 10:24:25 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 39) : yes at first I was really sceptical of the quality of this team but must say (don’t know if it’s just my heart hoping for something) but I think this team might just surprise us all and give Wales a bit of a spanking.
    Like you said it’s a solid pack with back line that can score tries with every half chance they get. And don’t forget they’re playing for places sn the Bok squad to face England (and potentially the World Cup Squad) so I think every player will be giving everything they have!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.06.18 13:17:23 by JD Reply
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  • I’m too lazy to calculate. Is the sharks fate up to others losing or can they still make playoffs?

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.06.18 13:39:40 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 41) : Definitely in the running for playoffs …….in SRC 👿

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.06.18 14:38:47 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 38) : thats what I was thinking, only april is out injured as far as I know, strange selection, is it cause we are out if the play off picture ?

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.06.18 20:45:56 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 41) : SR we can get in, but SRC we are pretty much out

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.06.18 20:47:01 by revolverocelot Reply


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