Willemse at 15 against Canada

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :RWC 2019 on 7 Oct 2019 at 09:52

Due to the short turnaround between matches, Rassie has given pretty much all his dirt trackers an opportunity against Canada. The loose trio of Louw, Smith and Kolisi must count towards one of the lightest ever fielded by the Boks. The backline from the Namibia match has been rejigged with Willemse at 15 shifting Gelant to 14 and Nkosi to 11 (interesting in that Rassie has to date only used Nkosi at 14).

There is a lot of firepower on the bench although one should hope in this case the bomb squad will have to deal with a false alarm.

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Warrick Gelant, 13 Damian de Allende, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux.


  • Definitely is a strong bench. Im keen to see how the centres work and I think Rassie is too as the current combo hasn’t really excelled. Hope Thomas DuToit puts in a good showing

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.19 11:26:34 by SheldonK Reply
  • I’m keen to see what Frans and de Allende can dish up, although I can’t see the wings getting to much of the ball with this pair. On saying that I do really like Am but have felt somewhat underwhelmed by him in Springbok colours, perhaps game plan limits his opportunities.

    Something else I was hoping to see before the knockouts was Nkosi at 14 with Kolbe moving to 15, however I guess we wont see this 😥 . I feel le Roux has been average at best and Kolbe and Nkosi would give us more strike power and x-factor.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.19 08:21:13 by Hulk Reply
  • Snyman is a machine

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.19 15:21:20 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Hulk (Comment 2) : a lot of people I’ve chatted to have also said Kolbe to 15 and Nkosi to 14.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.10.19 08:48:35 by StevieS Reply
  • Congratulations to Pepsi buthelezi on winning kzn sports newcomer of the year award.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.10.19 11:13:38 by jdolivier Reply

  • Japan dominating Scotland in territory, possession and on the score board. 21-7

    Rassie will be very nervous. The Japanese offloading game could give our defensive system major trouble

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.10.19 13:40:25 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : One way to negate an offloading game is to smash the ball carrier back in the tackle. Although the way these new tackle laws are reffed every tackle could be a red card.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.10.19 08:01:30 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : The home crowd support will definitely have an effect on some referee decisions – especially these tackles where players duck or slip to make it high.

    Good call from the ref yesterday to accept Jonny Gray’s tackle was not even worth a penalty.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.10.19 10:19:14 by Bokhoring Reply

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