With the disappointment of the lost against England in the past we look forward to how Rassie Erasmus will react this weekend against France.
There are a few returning players to the squad which will boost the starting team for Erasmus.
Ruggaworld team have each selected the teams they would like to see running out against the French.
Here is there teams and some kind of explanation why they picked certain players.
Just like we’ve done with the Poms, we will most likely bully the French forwards and dominate upfront.
We do however need both Marx and Vermeulen to up their game and dominate the ruck as this is an area where the Boks struggled a lot.
I’ve kept Etzebeth out as I personally think he should fully recover from his injury and another week should do the trick.
Du Toit back on the flank where is has been playing his best rugby lately.
In the backs Faf will ignite the backs and give the backs quick ball, something van Zyl struggled with last week.
Looking for a more expansive game from Pollard and De Allende, although they have crossed the advantage line on several occasions, they have also missed a lot of overlap opportunities.
With Le Roux back in the mix it gives the Bok backline a second decision maker which will keep the French defenders on their toes.
A very strong bench with a lot enough experience to make a decent impact in the second half.
My Team: 1. Steven Kitchoff, 2. Malcolm Marx, 3. Vincent Koch, 4. RG Snyman, 5. Franco Mostert, 6. Siya Kolisi, 7. PS Du Toit, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 9. Faf De Klerk, 10. Handre Pollard, 11. Aphiwe Dyanti, 12. Damien De Allende, 13. Jessie Kriel, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 15. Willie Le Roux
Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Wilco Louw, 18. Trevor Nyakane, 19. Lood De Jager, 20. Francios Louw, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Andre Esterhuizen, 23. Damien Willemse
I feel that the Boks will be kicking themselves after losing at Twickenham, in a game that should have been a 20 point beating for the hosts.
The refereeing error is well documented, and I’m sure that will add extra fury into the bloodstream of the Boks, for Saturday.
They will know however, that the setpiece malfunction of last week, cannot be repeated.
A 22:00 kick-off in Paris is notoriously awkward, as it differs so vastly from the normal match day routines for the side.
Weather will be frost like, and playing in the bowl like stadium has its issues when the wind swirls. It’s a beautiful playing surface and conducive to positive rugby.
Overall I expect the Boks to win, relatively comfortably.
The French will be in tears during Le Marseilles, and breathe fire for the first twenty minutes. Thereafter our pack should regain control and set the platform for a routine win
My Team: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damien de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitsoff
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Cheslin Kolbe, 23 Damien Willemse
We will dominate the scrums, line outs(if we don’t throw on 6, 😂) and lose play.
Flo will be a great add to the fetcher role and tight five will insure that we have forward momentum.
With Faf back behind them, there should be great feed to the backline.
Pollard is playing a game where he needs to control play and with the attacking ability of De Allende and Kriel on his out side, it should be enough on attack for the Boks.
If we get the ball out wide, the speed and skill of the back three should be enough to run havoc amongst the French.
Our bench is at the same playing level as the starting lineup.
There shouldn’t be a worry if any player is subbed, Schreuder has shown in the CC final that he can play under pressure and will be a great sub for Faf.
My Team: 1 Steven Kitshoff, 2 Malcom Marx, 3 Vincent Koch, 4 Pieter Steph Du Toit, 5 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi, 7 Francois Louw, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 9 Faf de Klerk, 10 Handre Pollard, 11Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12 Damian de Allende, 13 Jesse Kriel, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 15 Willie le Roux
Replacements: 16 Wilco Louw, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Bongi Mbonambi, 19 JD Schickerling/RG Snyman, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Cheslin Kolbe, 23 Damian Willemse
While much has been made of the Owen Farrel tackle on Satruday the Springboks know full well they blew a great opportunity to notch up a win at HQ and bank the confidence and bragging rights that come with it.
Ideally Rassie would have liked to keep his overseas based Boks as bench options and given his starters of last week a go at the French who once again dug their trenches and lay in waiting at an icy cold Stade de France but that is not an option.
This game is a must win and it will happen at a less hospitable venue, a 9pm kick off with an icy breeze will numb the spirits and and fingertips of even the most seasoned veterans and if the French have an edge , their vocal crowd will be another player on the field for them.
The Springboks will need to come out spitting venom, fire and a healthy dose of brimstone to take this one and for this reason I believe Rassie will have guile and grunt in equal measure with Faf de Klerk leading the orchestra of chaos.
Kolbe comes straight into the team on the basis of playing in France as well as adding to the strike and kicking options while we load the bench with impact aplenty.
My Team: 1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Malcolm Marx, 3. Vincent Koch, 4. Eben Etzebeth( RG Snyman), 5. Franco Mostert, 6. Siya Kolisi, 7. Pieter Steph Du Toit, 8. Duane Vermuelen, 9. Faf de Klerk, 10. Handre Pollard, 11. Aphiwe Dyanti, 12. Damian de Allende, 13. Jesse Kriel, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 15. Willie Le Roux
Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Lood de Jager, 20. Warren Whiteley, 21. Eben Etzebeth, 22. Louis Schreduer, 23. Damian Willemse
* Disclaimer – I know Schreuder wont be on the bench, i just feel he is suited to some tactical play and would go well with Pollard
As a start bringing back some of the first choice players.
In my selection I have gone for players in their preferred positions.
No place for Whiteley in the starting 15 and Marx gets a rest to think about his misfire last week.
Gone for a heavier back row to keep the Springboks going forward.
In the backline Faf is back, gone for Kolbe on the right wing to bring a different attacking weapon and Willie is back for his ability to see and capitalise on opportunities.
Bench provides different options to what is available on the field and can lift pace when they come on, not just like for like replacements.
Damien Willemse cover both 10 and 15 for me.
My Team: 1 Steven Kitshoff, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 3 Vincent Koch, 4 Eben Etsebeth (if fit) / Schickerling, 5 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi, 7 Pieter-Steph Du Toit, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 9 Faf de Klerk, 10 Handre Pollard, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12 Damian de Allende, 13 Jesse Kriel, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 15 Willie le Roux
Replacements: 16 Wilco Louw, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Malcolm Marx, 19 JD Schickerling / Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Ruhan Nel, 23 Damian Willemse