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Changes on the cards for Boks

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 10 Jun 2013 at 11:00
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Rumours coming from within the Bok camp suggest that Pat Lambie will start the second test of the Incoming Series against Scotland.

Coach Heyneke Meyer has indicated that he wants to make a few changes to the team that beat Italy at Kings Park this past weekend. One of the changes already confirmed will come at scrumhalf, where Jano Vermaak is not available for selection.

Many expected Ruan Pienaar to start against Italy but reports suggest that he was rested after a lengthy season with Ulster, which means he was set to start the second test even before Vermaak got injured.

Meyer went on to say that he has two flyhalves which he trusts to run the Springbok backline, and that he promised Lambie a start in the second test. Whether Meyer follows through with this promise after Morne Steyn’s impressive match remains to be seen.

Steyn played a brilliantly balanced match, kicking and playing the territory game when needed, forcing the Italians into mistakes which the Springboks capitalised on. He spread the ball once the match opened up a bit, getting the backline on the front foot and over the advantage line.

The big question is whether a change to allow Lambie a start is fair. While I am all for a rotation policy at this stage of the season, especially given the opposition, will it not break down any momentum built up in the last 15 minutes of the first test.

Yes Lambie will bring a more attacking game, but had the shoe been on the other foot, would the Lambie lovers have been happy to see Lambie dropped to the bench after such a performance. I didn’t think so.

Whether Lambie starts the match against Scotland can be debated at length until we see the team sheet on Wednesday, but be sure to expect a few changes to the team as Meyer tests different combinations before the start of the real rugby – The Rugby Championship.


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