Facts are the Springboks under Rassie Erasmus are 2 from 4 test and the talks of a Springbok rival is a bit premature at this stage.
Saturday the Caste Lager Rugby Championships kick off and the first mission for Erasmus is the Argentinians in Durban.
This Championship will give a better guideline on where Erasmus Springboks really are in their quest to revive Bok rugby ahead of next years World Cup in Japan.
Argentina is no pushover and specially not anymore in the rugby Championship.
They have won in South Africa before, in-fact at the same ground they play this weekend.
With a few players unavailable or injured for Erasmus he has picked a changed team from the one that played against England in June.
With the selection of Etzebeth and Du Toit Erasmus went with a combination that has worked before in the Bok team. It is a bit of a concern that Marvin Orie has been picked ahead of Mostert on the bench as cover.
In the front row Erasmus went with Malherbe who has not been one of the top props for some time now in either Super Rugby or at test level.
A new loose trio will run onto the field in Kolisi, Louw and Whiteley. Marco van Staaden are the only cover on the bench. One can suspect that Du Toit will also cover if need to.
The halfback pair was suspected in De Klerk and Pollard with Erasmus going with the Sharks midfield combination in Esterhuizen and Am.
With Nkosi injured Erasmus choose another Sharks wing in Mapimipi to start with Lions young star Dyantyi.
At the back Le Roux will keep his place after a brilliant June series against England.
For some reason the bench does not shout out something special to me with Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff, Thomas du Toit, Marvin Orie, Marco van Staden, Embrose Papier, Lionel Mapoe and Damian Willemse.
Was always under the impression the bench needs to make an inpact.
Against Argentina we can maybe get away with it but a serious rethink needs to happen against the Aussies and New Zealand.
Willemse was picked as cover for 10 and 15 ahead of Jantjies and I suppose if you want to do that, best to do it against Argentina than the All Blacks.
Would have loved to see a Cyle Brink or Du Preez in the mix to cover the loose trio.
One can understand maybe to go with Etzebeth and Du Toit but then who do you leave out a guy like Snyman who was a revelation in the June internationals.
Another guy that can feel hard done by is Ross Cronje who is coming of another great season with the Lions.
The major concerns are the midfield, front row and the cover on the bench.
What do you think of the team
The Springbok team against Argentina in Durban (in order of name and surname, franchise/club, caps and points – tries, conversions, penalties, drop-goals):
15. Willie le Roux (Wasps, England, 44, 55 – 11t)
14. Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks, 1, 5 – 1t)
13. Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks, 3, 0)
12. André Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks, 2, 0)
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Emirates Lions, 3, 5 – 1t)
10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls, 29,246 – 3t, 42c, 46p, 3d)
9. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England, 14, 5 – 1t)
8. Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions, 17, 15 – 3t)
7. Siya Kolisi (captain, DHL Stormers, 31, 20 – 4t)
6. Francois Louw (Bath, England 57, 45 – 9t)
5. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers, 36, 20 – 4t)
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers 67, 15 – 3t)
3. Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers, 19, 0)
2. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions, 14, 15 – 3t)
1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks, 101, 10 – 2t)
16. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers, 16, 5 – 1t)
17. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers, 27, 5 – 1t)
18. Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks, 4, 0)
19. Marvin Orie (Emirates Lions, 1, 0)
20. Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls, 0, 0)
21. Embrose Papier (Vodacom Bulls, 2, 0)
22. Lionel Mapoe (Emirates Lions, 12, 0)
23. Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers, 0, 0)