That time of the week again where we give our guys the chance to play Springbok Selector.
It is the last test of the year and of the November series against Wales this weekend.
We are standing at 2 wins from 3 test matches so far and I am sure that Rassie will want to end with a win against Wales which has been difficult to get over the last few years.
Here is our guys selections:
Being the last game of the End of Year tour, Rassie would have been hoping to be in the situation where all the fringe player were able to get a run. But with a disappointing start to the tour, with below average play, we lost against the English.
The performance in the next game against the French didn’t settle anybody. If those games went according to plan, it would have been easy to say, let them play and test our depth.
With the foundation of the team settling in it, there is a need to give Bongi a start.
The props are doing what is needed, but not always adding that bit extra that is wanted, that’s why the bench has such a huge impact on the game. At the back Diyanti will miss the cut and will be replaced by Colbe.
On the bench Nell will slot in to cover the mid-field as well as the wings and Willemse will cover on fly and full-back. Papier had a shaky start last week and lack in his pass from the base. But with him speeding up the game in the last 20 mins, it would be a great impact.
If we play the game to our strengths, keep our defence tight and use the bench wisely, we should be able to beat the Welsh comfortably.
At this point the other teams don’t score points against us, we give it to them, with laps in concentration
Henco’s Team: 15. W le Roux, 14. S. Nkosi, 13. J Kriel, 12. D de Allende, 11. C Kolbe, 10. H Pollard, 9. F de Klerk, 8. D Vermeulen, 7. PsdT, 6. S Kolisi, 5. F Mostert, 4. E Etzebeth, 3. F Malherbe, 2. B Mbonambi, 1. S Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. M Marx, 17. V Koch, 18. T du Toit, 19. RG Snyman, 20. F Louw, 21. E Papier, 22. D Willemse, 23. R Nel
Prediction: Last game of tour, Springboks by 12, Go Bokke!!!!!!
This is the last game in Rassie’s first year as Springbok coach and he will like to finish on a high note and a decent win.
Wales have won 4 of the last 5 games against the Boks and Rassie know that this will be one of the toughest games of the tour and therefore will be looking to have his best possible team starting on Saturday.
This is also the last time to cement key combinations that’s been building well during this tour.
I expect a very physical game but as long as the boks can dominate with the forwards and give clean ball to a backline keen to move the ball, we should be in for a very exciting final 80min of the year.
Rhyno’s Team: 15. W le Roux, 14. C Kolbe, 13. J Kriel, 12. D de Allende, 11. A Diyante, 10. H Pollard, 9. F de Klerk, 8. D Vermeulen, 7. PsdT, 6. S Kolisi, 5. F Mostert, 4. E Etzebeth, 3. F Malherbe, 2. M Marx, 1. S Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. B Mbonambi, 17. V Koch, 18. T du Toit, 19. RG Snyman, 20. F Louw, 21. E Papier, 22. D Willemse, 23. S Nkosi
Prediction: Boks to win by 13+
After only having the beating of the Boks once in a 100 year history and that on an occasion where Ed Morrison wrote the “ How to “ book for Bryce Lawrence the Welsh have recently picked up a handy string of results against the Springboks.
They have a three win streak against the Boks coming into this game and will be full of belief that they can chalk up another against the visitors.
I believe their confidence will be misplaced as Rassies men will be looking to put the Welsh back in their place so to speak, there will also be the knowledge that another win gives the tour a happy pass mark of 3 of 4 and the annual win percentage to around the 60% mark.
Erasmus will likely limit his changes to the minimum and with the test still falling inside the international window he will be able to keep big Duane Vermuelen at 8, Eben Etzebeth has been reported as having been part of full training this week and will be snorting to have a go at the Dragons .
Clayton’s Team: 1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Malcolm Marx, 3. Frans Malherbe, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5.Franco Mostert, 6. Siya Kolisi, 7. Pieter Steph du Toit, 8. Duane Vermuelen, 9. Ambrose Papier, 10. Handre Pollard, 11. Aphiwe Dyanti, 12. Damian de Allende, 13. Jesse Kriel, 14. Sbu Nkosi, 15. Wille Le Roux
Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. RG Snyman, 20. Francois Louw, 21. Ivan van Zyl, 22. Elton Jantjie, 23. Cheslyn Kolbe
Prediction: Springboks win by 12
The Boks could be forgiven for having one foot on the plane after a exhausting year.
They’ve done well on their European travels thus far, with a narrow Twickenham burglary by England, the only blemish. Gritty against the French, streetwise against the Scots, they’ll head to the Principality Stadium fully geared up for the Red Dragons.
The Welsh have become an annoyance of late, like the mosquito that leaves you alone when awake, but then snipes when you’re sleeping. The Boks will want to rectify their recent record against the men from the Valleys, and end a progressive, exciting year on a high.
Jade’s 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/Embrose Papier , 8 Duane Vermeulen , 7 Pieter Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth/ RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Vincent Koch, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Lood De Jager/RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Embrose Papier/ Ivan van Zy, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe
Prediction: Boks by 4
Wales have been the Boks bogey team and with that in mind I expect Erasmus to go with a strong team yet again.
No big changes but Apiwhe gets a rest with Kolbe starting. Damien come in on the bench and hope Rassie gives him a go in the last 20 with a license to go out and make an impact.
Straight swap Bongi in for Marx. Bongi did enough on tour to deserve a start. Forwards to do their job again and that will give the Boks edge.
If the passes stick and they use their opportunities they can end the tour well but expect it to be another close encounter
Morne’s Team: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damien Willemse
Prediction: Boks to take it by 6 points.