We try again our hand at coaching as we pick our test side for this weekends test against the Scotch.
We asked Jade, Rhyno and Clayton to show their hads
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Rassie Erasmus will look to build momentum from the last 5 minutes in Paris last week, and prefer to forget the 75 that preceded it.
The Scots have won 9 of their last 10 internationals at Murrayfield, and their only defeat was a tight one against the All Blacks, where they were a Beauden Barrett fingertip away from snatching a victory.
They can’t be underestimated, especially amongst the backs, which is why I think Rassie will pick his strongest possible 23, with the only changes being at 8th man and scrumhalf.
Much depends on the weather, but if the day dawns bright and crisp, and the Springboks pack show up, I expect them to win this by 10+ points
My test team: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian De Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi,
10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Vincent Koch, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 RG Snyman, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe
After 2 weekends where the boks have struggled to find their rhythm in the first 60min of the game, I think its time for Rassie to mix it up a bit and give the less experienced players in the squad some valuable game time and build some experience for the RWC. In saying that, the Springboks still need to keep building momentum and a winning culture so keeping some experienced players in key positions is vital.
Hoping for an expansive game from the Boks this weekend and therefore my team selection is based on power upfront and speed in the back. Jantjies has shown that he can get the backline moving by playing flat and attacking the line, meaning the defenders have to commit to him, and that creates some space on his outside.
If Rassie stick to a “ball in hand” game plan, then the Boks should come away with a positive result.
Springboks to win it by 10-14
My test team: 15. Damian Willemse, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Jessie Kriel, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Aphiwe Diyante, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. PSdT, 6. Sia Kolisi, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. RG Snyman, 3. Wilco Louw, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. Vincent Koch, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Malcolm Marx, 19. JD Schickerling, 20. Francois Louw, 21. Embrose Papier, 22. Handre Pollard, 23. Willie le Roux
Rassie is under pressure to get his selections right this week, an injury to Warren Whiteley looks to have saved him from having an uncomfortable conversation with the charismatic Lions skipper at the team meeting.
Faf de Klerk having been released to his club for the weekend has also forced the coaches hand and the media scrum waits in anticipation of seeing Embrose Papier taking up his throne among the subsitutes once again.
Scotland, like the French will be up for a fight , and only a focussed high intensity showing will get the win at Murrayfield. As clichéd as it sounds, the bench and the timing of their inclusion will significantly impact this game.
I expect Siya , who is barely alive due to workload will not play the full game and the coach will shuffle the deck a bit with Louw moving to 6, Pieter Steph to 7 and Lood or RG coming at lock.
My test team: 1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Malcolm Mark, 3. Frans Malherbe, 4. Pieter Steph Du Toit, 5. Franco Mostert, 6. Siya Kolisi, 7. Francois Louw, 8. Duane Vermuelen, 9. Ivan van Zyl, 10. Handre Pollard, 11. Aphiwe Dyanti, 12. Damian De Allende, 13. Jesse Kriel, 14. Sbu Nkosi, 15. Damian Willemse
Replacements: 16. Skhokho Mbonambi, 17. Thomas Du Toit, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Lood De Jager, 20. Embrose Papier, 21. Elton Jantjies, 22. Cheslyn Kolbe, 23. Willie Le Roux
The Scotland v Springbok test will be live on SuperSport 1 at 19:00 on Saturday.