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Changes for Scotland clash likely

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :End of Year Tour, Original Content, Springboks on 11 Nov 2013 at 11:04
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We are likely to see quite a few changes to the Springbok team to face Scotland this weekend.

News about Morne Steyn’s injury is that he suffered a back spasm during the warm up before the game, but that the team was hopeful that he could complete the match. This obviously didn’t happen, as we saw Pat Lambie take over the flyhalf spot around the seventeenth minute. Heyneke Meyer has said that he would not risk a half fit Morne Steyn, and would persist with Lambie should Steyn not prove his fitness this week.

Further to this, Meyer has been quoted as saying that Bakkies Botha is likely to start for the Boks against Scotland. Botha only joined the Bok group on Tuesday night, and his late arrival meant that he was not part of the 23 man squad to face Wales. This week he is likely to get a start as Meyer wants to see what he has to offer at International level.

Looking at the way the other big name players faired when returning from a long absence, Botha will have to play a good game to secure future test caps for the Springboks. Jaque Fourie looked off the pace at test level, something that one can understand, but if the coaches were aware of quite how far behind he was, surely he should have been given a spot on the bench to come on later?

Meyer has said that he will make a few surprise selections against the Scots, taking risks in certain areas. This is not only as a result of Scotland being the opposition, but also because of the match being played on a Sunday, which gives the Boks a day less to prepare for the last test on tour, against France.


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