The Springbok side named to take on Australia in Perth on Saturday:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Bench: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Lwazi Mvovo
Comments from Tank Lanning:
I reckon this is a very strong Bok side … The only change I would make would be to have Lambie starting at 15 and De Jongh on the bench. Almost unbelievable that Lambie has not had any game time in the tournament thus far … Perhaps the coach is under pressure to keep players of colour in the side?
But there is still a better balance to this side …
I thought Bekker had a nightmare against Argentina. Kruger deserves his recall based only on that. But Bekker should be home recuperating from what is clearly still a debilitating back injury … Not holding bags on tour …
Tough on Mvovo, who has not done anything wrong, but Hougaard is a special talent, and has skills better suited to wing. Like Lambie, Ruan Pienaar deserves a go at scrumhalf …
Obvious concerns have to be around the game readiness of both Vermeulen and Goosen, but at least the former has had two games for WP, and he will add a lot of value to the Bok back row. And perhaps more importantly, it allows Alberts to move back to 7, where he is 100 times more effective.
Hope you got your team in on time … Courtesy of Energade, Tank is hosting the winners of the Energade Bok Barometer competition on a trip to see the Boks play in Argentina next year. The winners being the guys or girls who correctly predict the Bok side that Heyneke Meyer picks each week this year …
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Dominic Shipperley, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (captain), 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson
Bench: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Scott Higginbotham, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Anthony Fainga’a
The 28-man Springbok squad in Aus:
Forwards (16): Willem Alberts, Andries Bekker, Craig Burden, Pat Cilliers, Marcell Coetzee, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Dean Greyling, Juandré Kruger, Tiaan Liebenberg, Francois Louw, Tendai Mtawarira, Jacques Potgieter, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen
Backs (12): Jean de Villiers (captain), Juan de Jongh, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak.