Pollard back at ten for Boks

Handré Pollard will start at flyhalf for the Springboks on Saturday when they take on the All Blacks in Wellington, while Malcolm Marx and Lukhanyo Am are also back in the starting line-up for the Boks’ final away match in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, announced his Springbok match-23 on Thursday afternoon in the New Zealand capital, with three changes and one positional switched confirmed in the starting line-up.

Three of those changes are in the backline, while Erasmus also made some tweaks to the bench.

Pollard comes into the starting line-up and Elton Jantjies is set to play off the bench. Jesse Kriel is picked on the right wing as a result of the injury to Makazole Mapimpi, who has returned to South Africa to undergo further scans on his right knee.

As a result, Am takes Kriel’s position at outside centre and partners Damian de Allende in a new-look midfield combination.

The only change to the pack sees Marx rotating starting places with Bongi Mbonambi in the No 2 jersey and amongst the reserves, Ross Cronje swaps places with Embrose Papier as the backup scrumhalf.

Erasmus emphasised that the Springboks will have to reduce the amount of costly errors against New Zealand.

“We have to deliver a much improved performance against the All Blacks,” said Erasmus.

“Keeping our discipline and retaining possession will be key, because New Zealand’s ability to counter from turnover ball is well-known.

“That means we have to be patient, our decision-making must be good and we have to capitalise on the opportunities that we create. The traditional rivalry between the two countries mean we can expect a huge physical battle.”

The Springbok team to face the All Blacks in Wellington (in order of name and surname, franchise/club, Test caps and points):
15. Willie le Roux (Wasps, England), 47, 55 – 11t
14. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), 33, 45 – 9t
13. Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), 5, 5 – 1t
12. Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), 31, 15 – 3t
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Emirates Lions), 6, 15 – 3t
10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), 32, 254 – 3t, 46c, 46p, 3d
9. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), 17, 10 – 2t
8. Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions), 20, 15 – 3t
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), 39, 20 – 4t
6. Siya Kolisi (captain, DHL Stormers), 34, 25 – 5t
5. Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), 23, 5 – 1t
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), 70 – 15 – 3t
3. Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), 22, 0
2. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), 17, 15 – 3t
1. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), 30, 5 – 1t
16. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), 19, 10 – 2t
17. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), 104, 10 – 2t
18. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers), 9, 0
19. RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), 5, 0
20. Francois Louw (Bath, England), 60, 45 – 9t
21. Ross Cronjé (Emirates Lions), 10, 10 – 2t
22. Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions, 27, 223 – 2t, 42c, 43p
23. Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), 1, 0


  1. Bekke


    September 13, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Francois Louw – mooi man Rassie.

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    September 13, 2018 at 11:04 am

    So Papier has been window-dressing for the entire competition… no surprises here including the wing captain and the ork and the white non-specialist winger to name but a few. Hiding to nothing coming up.

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    September 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

    What do we do when we get a penalty. Pollard getting it over seems a risk, Marx finding his jumper a risk, scrum a risk, tap and go we’ll probably knock. So what do we do?

  4. DavidS


    September 13, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I look at Elton Jantjes

    Pollard fucked up in Argentina

    Jantjes did nothing wrong against Australia

    Jantjes gets dropped…

    Pollard gets brought in for New Zealand…

    So the only flyhalf in South Africa who has in the past three years consistently outplayed Beauden Barrit and beaten New Zealand teams…

    Nee fok ons drop hom vir die losskakel van die kakste span in SR wat die jaar ‘n kak seison gehad het en twee weke terug kak gespeel het….


    Ek is bly ek support jou fokkol…

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    September 13, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Ag nee not Louw again.

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    September 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    @DavidS: Jantjes did nothing strong against Australia???

    Just butchuered a sure try with a useless grubber for the wing. Live I immediately thought it was stupid. Watching on TV the next confirmed it. Le Roux was running a great line into space. A pop pass was all that was needed for a certain try. If he wasn’t that shit scared a dummy could have given him the try himself.

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    September 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    @DavidS: BTW I am pretty sure Tassie won’t have some sleepless nights for you not supporting him.

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    September 14, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Handy Pollard is the opposite of Morne Steyn.
    This is THE metric to show how drastic the decomposition of ZeeBulls talent mgt has devolved.
    ZeeBulls are the leukemia of SA Rugby Union.

  9. DavidS


    September 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    @DJ: No he was very strong against Australia


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