Springbok Team:Test debut for Malherbe



Test debut for Malherbe as Pietersen, Fourie return to Springbok XV

 Experienced backline stars JP Pietersen and Jaque Fourie are back in the Springbok team for Saturday’s Castle Lager Outgoing Tour opener against Wales in Cardiff, while Frans Malherbe will make his Test debut at the Millennium Stadium.

 In naming his side for Saturday’s Test against the current Six Nations champions, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to hand Fourie his first Test for South Africa since the Rugby World Cup in 2011, while a combination of injury and non-availability means Pietersen is back for his first taste of international rugby yet this season.

 “We’re very fortunate to have two world-class players in JP and Jaque available for selection and I wanted to get then into the action as soon as possible,” said Meyer.

 “They bring a vast amount of experience to the team and it was clear from our training sessions thus far that they are in great form and ready for Test rugby.”

 In the front row, 22-year-old Frans Malherbe comes in for the injured Jannie du Plessis, while the only other change to the pack of forwards is at lock, with Flip van der Merwe starting next to Eben Etzebeth in the middle row.

 “Frans has big boots to fill, but he’s been with us for most of 2012 and shown good form since recovering from injury recently and we don’t have any doubts that he has what it takes to make the step up,” said Meyer.

 “He’ll have two players with more than 50 Test caps each next to him in the scrum, and his general work-rate across the field and on defence is very good. I’m very happy for Frans.”

 A second uncapped player, Pieter-Steph du Toit, could make his Test debut for the Springboks. The promising lock has been included on the bench for this Test.

 “I’ve been following his career for a long time and Pieter-Steph has always impressed me,” said Meyer. “We first invited him to a training camp last year and he probably would’ve played for South Africa earlier this season had he not gotten injured. His inclusion in the squad is just reward for a young player who has successfully made the step up to senior rugby.

 “To see Frans and Pieter-Steph make the step up to Test match rugby is wonderful. They are two very promising young players and deserve to play for the Springboks, just like we’ve used, with great success, players such as Willie le Roux, Jan Serfontein, JJ Engelbrecht, Arno Botha, Marcell Coetzee, Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth and Trevor Nyakane in the last two seasons.”

 The Springbok team to face Wales in Cardiff is:


Position Name Test Caps Test points
15 Pat Lambie 29 55
14 JP Pietersen 48 70
13 Jaque Fourie 69 160
12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 93 120
11 Bryan Habana 92 265
10 Morné Steyn 51 618
9 Fourie du Preez 65 70
8 Duane Vermeulen 13 5
7 Willem Alberts 27 30
6 Francois Louw 25 25
5 Flip van der Merwe 31 5
4 Eben Etzebeth 20 0
3 Frans Malberhe 0 0
2 Bismarck du Plessis (v-captain) 54 40
1 Tendai Mtawarira 50 10
16 Adriaan Strauss 30 25
17 Gurthrö Steenkamp 46 30
18 Coenie Oosthuizen 11 5
19 Pieter-Steph du Toit 0 0
20 Siya Kolisi 8 0
21 Ruan Pienaar 71 130
22 JJ Engelbrecht 10 20
23 Willie le Roux 9 15


The Springboks and Wales have played 15 times in Cardiff since 1912 with the Boks winning 13, losing one (19-29 in 1999) and drawn one (6-6 in 1970). The last game between the two countries was in 2010, with the Boks winning 29-25. The Boks have scored 327 points (35 tries) against 236 points (18 tries) for an average of 22-16.

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  1. Why call up Bakkies if you do not even put him on the bench?

    Looking forward to see Jacque back in the game and happy for Malherbe.

    Pat Lambie is a 10 for me, wasting him at 15 and Willie and Aplon is better than him at 15.

    I would have given Pat a change at 10 with Morne on the Bench if things go wrong.

  2. I agree with all your points. Seems he wants Lambie to fail in order to chuck him from the group allrogether. For these wet conditions Niknaks would probably have been a better bet anyway!

  3. Bit worried about Jacque Fourie – he seems a bit heavy around the waist since I last saw him (much like Frans Steyn after returning from France). Hopefully he can last about 60 minutes.

  4. Really what is this Coenie at TH crap?

    He’s been ‘groomed’ now for two years and an injured, average TH can leap-frog him in an instant…

    If you cannot start at TH you cannot finish at TH either!

    Seems there has to be a POC forward on the bench too to make the magic ‘5’ in the 22 number hence Guthro over Coenie…

    Makes no sense some of the above… and that goes for including some of the OS seniors to start…

    And shifting Lambie to 15

  5. Ja.
    We are going to get hammered in the scrums
    which will put pressure on 9+10
    Lead to frustration and yellow cards
    looks like Heyneke Meyer is grasping at straws

  6. HM was very clear that Bakkies may not get
    a game.
    Dunno why he employed him as a player instead
    of adding him to his entourage of assistant
    Could have given Lodewyk de Jager a show in
    carrying tackle bags and breathing the

  7. @biltongbek:

    He ain’t no Vicery or Hayman… too tall (and puddly) for a TH…

    As for the Lambie at 15… it’s clear HM wants two goal-kickers in the 15 at all times… and having a POC back in JPP (to keep the magic 5 number) sees Willie L R axed for this…

    More argument (not that its needed) for Kockott’s inclusion…

  8. Like Jake, HM also likes to set players up to fail. After CC semis and finals its clear Pat is the man at flyhalf.

    Morne and Fourie DUP are like your old habits you default too. Maybe he is only happy with Blue Bull automatons? Mayeb its the game plan he wants to stick with? Well HM like cricket when the opps have you sussed you need to fix those niggles and try new tricks. This fall back pattern is what cost us against the Blacks.

    Secondly these EOYT should be to blood new players but going back to JF and JP is sending the wrong message to the younger players.

    Bakkies is in some good form but his not long term would have blooded Steph or Lodewyk and punted Flip in too touch.

    He is not happy with the two youngsters at centre either.

    Whatever we say we still we support our boois. Go Bokke.

  9. @bryce_in_oz: Hi Bryce(hope you are well) I agree with Kocky…

    I hope our intent is play and not to defend kinda like the Eeenglish 80’s footy. To scared to loose.

    Just got from Auckland, dam small city and only 100Kms on the freeway????

  10. Damned if he does, damnes if he doesnt. We have never as a nation allowed eoyt to be used to blood new talent. Let’s be honest with ourselves. When has an entire young guns squad travelled? We simply cannot sit back and say ‘yeah we lost, but the young guys surely showed promise’. It’s not in our nature, rather than dismiss Heyneke as a fool, let’s sit back and think of the mass protests, the complaints etc if we lose to Wales. No we fool ourselves if we think Heyneke has any chance of testing on the eoyt.

  11. This is the exact 2011 backline before Jean got injured. That year did not go to well for us, hopefully they can do better his time around. I hope I am wrong, but I get the feeling we are going for safety first this weekend. Hopefully we will see enough time for Willie and JJ in the second half as they did seem to spark something in that backline during the tests they played.

    Anyway, very strong team. Go Bokke.

  12. I’m fine with this. Would you put out the fine china if your wayward uncle was coming over for supper or would you save it for when the mayor stops in?

    No need to fire up the Messerschmitt vs these “dead-enders”.
    Zee has a gameplan to win in the bog known as Wales plus who could fault him for itching to see Fourie & JPP after hiatus?

    That said – it will all go out the window if SA shows difficulty in scoring trys – especially in the red-zone as they did during the 1st year.
    Then word will get to the bench & the order will be “Messerschmitt-Willie…..you’re cleared for takeoff.”
    Hopefully it won’t be needed & won’t be too late…..

  13. @Craven:

    ‘Safety first’ IMO would be retaining the combo’s from the Rugby Championship (other than injury) and adding the rest to the bench… not the other way around…

  14. @Aldo:

    Nope time for ‘wholesale’ experimenting is with the Emerging Boks as the Junior All Blacks are currently doing… time for ‘minor’ experimenting was in the June tests against an ‘experimental’ Scottish side, Italy and Samoa…

  15. Wales is a must-win game. Experimentation and blooding will come with Scotland. France is another must win (bad record we have against them in France).

  16. HM says Lambie WILL play at 10 as well.

    IMO Kilts test team will differ a lot from this one
    and see JJ, Willie, Ruhan back in the starting
    XV with Aplon on the bench.

    As for Kockott: If he wants to be a Springbok, he
    must earn his colours playing for an SA side.
    Anything else will send the wrong message.

  17. @bryce_in_oz:

    I hear you, but I think I did not bring my point across properly. By safety first I meant with regards to the gameplan in the expected wet conditions. With JP on the wing, Lambie at fullback (kicking off both feet) and big Jacque with his rock solid defense the gameplan will be a lot tighter and “safer” than what we saw in the Championship.

  18. @Craven:

    That is also HM’s aim – more “arm wrestling” than
    open rugby, to quote him.
    Our heavy loosies could be awesome, but a lot will
    depend on the scrums.

  19. @Craven:

    I agree in theory mate… particularly after he said he wants the roof open… just wondering how these guys (as talented as they are) are going to gel straight off the bat… JDV/JF played under a different coach… Mossies not played for a while… JPP has been injured and playing 13 before and recently… Habs might not be cured of his hammie injury… and when last did Lambie play 15?

    Hope the young Malherbe has a blinder… but I’ve got a nasty feeling about all of the above on top of the fact the Bok’s break-down play has only marginally improved as a unit under Gray…

    Boks paying $1.6-1 Wales paying $2.3-1… going to be interesting…

    Might have to take a Wales win 1-12pts for $2.80-1 as a ‘hedge’

    Damn it’s on @ 4.30am here…

  20. Meyer claims that Lambie is playing 15 since he will require players to be able to cover 2 positions for World Cup. So why not play your lovechild Mof Steyn at fullback then? Or is he covering flyhalve and ball inflator? You are protesting too much Mr Maaier…

  21. MOF
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    MOF can mean:
    Frans Seda Airport, an airport on the island of Flores in Indonesia
    The Museum of Flight
    Managed Object Format, a textual representation of the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Common Information Model (CIM)
    Meta-Object Facility, a meta-model used to formally define Unified Modeling Language (UML)
    Metal-Organic Framework
    Midlothian Oat Flour, a brand of gruel, see Scott’s Porage Oats
    Multiple organ failure
    Microsoft Operations Framework, a set of operational guidelines based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
    Meilleur Ouvrier de France, a very high French award for artisinal mastery.
    Ministry of Finance
    Mountain of Faith, the tenth game in the Touhou series of shoot ’em up games
    Monsters of Folk, an American folk supergroup
    Mof, a Dutch slur referring to Germans.
    Musicians On Fire *An Christian Band in Philippines

    What do you mean? Steyn is a German?

  22. Nah timeo he means to give Steyn awards for the artistic tries that have been scored with him in the Bulls and Bok backline, but then somehow people allways says he cant play attacking rugby.

  23. Afrikaans term Timeo

    Been out the country too long.

    Can refer to a castrated sheep or a homosexual male…

    Whichever is immaterial… Bekke is breindod… you can google that meaning…

    The typing is just rigor mortis setting in and causing random crap to spew onto the computer screen where he suffered breindood.

  24. This whole “must play at home” crap must also start growing up into reality.

    In France and the UK and even Japan these days our players ARE facing top international competition…

    Sweet mother of heaven above… Tolouse is like the rugby version of Barcelona… no players speak French anymore.

    If we start5 selecting our own uncapped players based on form in touygh overseas competitions we will be sending the RIGHT message..

    I.e. we have fully embraced professional ethics and norms in our national sport.

    I mean honestly? Without the Boks exactly how good is the Currie Cup against the English and French leagues… MILES behind and we had better start embracing this concept that foreign home leagues are better than our local leagues because they employ our, New Zealand and Australia, France and England’s top players…. so our measurement of who is brilliant must be against teams that see our players face the best opposition… and that is no lnger CC and increasingly will also no longer nbe Super Ruigby either.