South Africa vs France on June 16th

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South Africa vs France on June 16th

South Africa vs France on June 16th

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Moses Mabhida

This might seem a bit weird to have 2 big games at separate stadiums on the same weekend in Durban from fans point of view, but not so for Springbok coach Allister Coetzee & the national rugby brains-trust, it makes a lot of sense.

In 2016, South Africa A played the English Saxons in different cities from where the test matches verses Irel& were played, that meant the 1st choice Boks & the 2nd string were exclusive from one another.

This time the SA A side play the French Barbarians on Friday & the Boks are playing France across the road at Kings Park the next day.

This leaves Coetzee with the chance not only to take a first-hand look at the fringe players, but also to liaise close with the SA A management.

The A squad is a good extension of the Springbok squad & it is great to have them close by this weekend.

We share a lot of IP with the A side management & work in co-ordination. Some of the calls are the same in the 2 sides so that if players are summoned from the A side they will easily get in-said Coetzee.

Venter is back to the SA A for friday night’s game & flyhalf Handre Pollard comes in as a proper replacement for Venter in the week building up to the 2nd match against the Barbarians at Orlando Stadium next weekend.

Coetzee maintains Frans Steyn on the bench this week as he needs Jan Serfontein to stay at inside centre. Thus, Lionel Mapoe will come in as the only probable change to the team that won 37-14 in the 1st test.

South Africa

This weekend is important for SA rugby for more than just the fact that the Boks need to use last week’s win in Pretoria as a 1st step towards establishing the winning habit that will create confidence that has been missing from the national team the whole of 2016.

The Jr. Springboks bowed out of their challenge to add the World Junior Championship title to the 1 they were victorious on their own soil in 2012 earlier this week & though they made a brave bid in their semi-final verses England, it could be said that with so much talent in the squad, they should have finished better.

U-20 SA side effectively bottled what was a superb chance of ending England’s supremacy of them in the tournament with some average decision making & loss of composure in the last quarter, as they were defending a lead.

Nonetheless, who ever saw every Junior Bok game will know about the individual talent of the younger players & with the forwards coming to the party in the latter stages to join a bunch of really gifted backline players who were perhaps unnoticed when the heat was on against England.

Senior level

We have good depth. In 2016’s mini-series verses the Saxons, it did not go well & sent out the wrong message to a country desperate for some good rugby. We play often with them, losing the advantage for a scratchy South African team.

Barbarians

Lead by Freddy Michalak who will be ready to impress his old supporters & Though not all the players are under his command, they do make a decent combination.

There are 7 capped Springboks in the run-on team & we noted that 1 of those players Lwazi Mvovo has been included at fullback, where he has played some of his previous games for the Sharks. With the attacking Andries Coetzee wearing the No 15 in the Bok senior team, this could be the signal of the type of rugby that is being encouraged.

Expectations

It will showcase the depth available to the Bok coach & an improved performance at Moses Mabhida coupled with another at Kings Park the next day can help further lift the pall of gloom that the Boks made an initial dent in at Loftus last weekend.

Teams for Moses Mabhida

South Africa A

  1. Lwazi Mvovo
  2. Ruan Combrinck
  3. Juan de Jongh (captain)
  4. Harold Vorster
  5. Makazole Mapimpi
  6. Lionel Cronje
  7. Jano Vermaak
  8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  9. Ruan Ackermann
  10. Uzair Cassiem
  11. Ruan Botha
  12. Andries Ferreira
  13. Wilco Louw
  14. Franco Marais
  15. Thomas du Toit.

Replacements

  1. Ramone Samuels
  2. Ox Nche
  3. Trevor Nyakane
  4. Jason Jenkins
  5. Andisa Ntsila
  6. Dewaldt Duvenage
  7. Fred Zeilinga
  8. Francois Venter.

French Barbarians

  1. Louis Dupichof
  2. Gabriel Laxroix
  3. Jonathan Danty
  4. Dubie Jean-Baptiste
  5. Arthur Bonneval
  6. Frederick Michalak (captain)
  7. Yann Lesguorgues
  8. Marco Tauleigne
  9. Judicael Cancoriet
  10. Anthony Jelonch
  11. Arnaud Mela
  12. Alexandre Flanquart
  13. Malik Hamadache
  14. Remi Bonfils
  15. Khatich Vartanov.

Replacements

  1. Anthony Estrillard
  2. Clement Ric
  3. Tommy Raynaud
  4. Felix Lambey
  5. Romaio Sazy
  6. Jean-Baptiste Pejoine
  7. Anthony Belleau
  8. Clement Poitrenaud.

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South Africa vs France on June 16th

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