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Koch gets start for Springboks


Vincent Koch will replace the injured Julian Redelinghuys in the only change to the Springboks’ starting fifteen to face Argentina on Saturday in Salta, as Tendai Mtawarira will equal Os du Randt’s record as most-capped prop for South Africa.


Koch, who has three Test caps to his name, comes in for Redelinghuys who has been ruled out of action with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test in Nelspruit on Saturday, won by the Boks by 30-23.

With Koch drafted into the starting line-up, Lourens Adriaanse moves onto the bench to as one of the two replacement props for what could be his second Springbok cap.

Also amongst the replacements, the Springboks have opted for the experienced Morné Steyn, who will give the team an extra kicking-option, in place of Juan de Jongh.

The rest of the Springbok line-up remains unchanged from the one that defeated the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium. In keeping changes to a minimum, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has opted for continuity against a Pumas side that will be lifted by their passionate home support.

“Vincent did very well when he came on as a replacement for Julian in Nelspruit, and he is rewarded with a starting berth, while we believe it would be good to give Lourens an opportunity on the bench at this stage,” said Coetzee.

“We expect them to try and put us under pressure with their tactical kicking. Morné is an experienced player with good kicking attributes, and he will provide an additional kicking cover for us.

“We will continue to build on our cohesion as a team. This is the first away Test for this side and we expect another huge battle against the Pumas.”

The Springboks will continue with their preparations in Buenos Aires before flying out to Salta on Friday morning.

The Springbok team 

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Position Name Franchise / Province / Club Test Caps Test points
15 Johan Goosen Racing 92 (France) 7 13
14 Ruan Combrinck Emirates Lions 3 13
13 Lionel Mapoe Emirates Lions 5 0
12 Damian De Allende DHL Stormers 17 10
11 Bryan Habana Toulon (France) 118 320
10 Elton Jantjies Emirates Lions 6 51
9 Faf de Klerk Emirates Lions 4 0
8 Warren Whiteley Emirates Lions 7 10
7 Oupa Mohoje Toyota Cheetahs 9 0
6 Francois Louw Bath (England) 47 40
5 Lood de Jager Toyota Cheetahs 21 20
4 Eben Etzebeth DHL Stormers 48 10
3 Vincent Koch Steval Pumas / DHL Stormers 3 0
2 Adriaan Strauss (captain) Vodacom Bulls 58 30
1 Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks 79 10
16 Bongi Mbonambi DHL Stormers 1 0
17 Steven Kitshoff Bordeaux (France) 2 0
18 Lourens Adriaanse Cell C Sharks 1 0
19 Pieter-Steph du Toit DHL Stormers 12 10
20 Jaco Kriel Emirates Lions 2 0
21 Rudy Paige Vodacom Bulls 3 0
22 Morné Steyn Stade Francais (France) 61 694
23 Jesse Kriel Vodacom Bulls 13 15

Springbok Coach on his selection….

Allister Coetzee





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  1. Boks are going down – this fool going to get taught lessons the hard way.

    I’m kinda relieved a lost home series didn’t happen against Ireland but maybe they need to get a big hammering against argies.

    Thing Is its a half decent side which is we getting these nail-biting results. Could be a lot better. NZ will cream this argue team hone and away.

  2. ““We expect them to try and put us under pressure with their tactical kicking. ”

    Quite the contrary… Salta is as flat-dry track as you get… I expect the Argies to play their frenetic 23 man game first before kicking tactically.

    This loose-trio is not balanced and IMO there is not need for Paige on the bench with such poor breakdown efforts from the Boks… Hougaard could move in dropping Steyn an adding another loose-forward or pacey lock like Mostert… Lood should not even be in the side let alone starting.

    That said the goal-kicking has been shocking so perhaps Morne does need to be there but definitely a 6-2 split still…

  3. Starting loose-forwards should be…

    Kriel/Flouw/Whitely with PSDT at lock…

    Or Kriel/PSDT/Whitely with Mostert at lock…

    Need another impact flanker off the bench with a bruiser as well…

  4. That said selections are moot if they still cannot hunt as a pack at pace at the breakdowns and around the paddock and their set pieces are still average…

  5. Must say I am glad to see Lourens Adriaanse on the bench as tighthead backup and not the likes of Coenie.

  6. @Craven:

    You have to feel for him though… the best LH that never was… kudos to him he should have gone OS a long time ago…

  7. Adriaanse v long way off Koch or redelingshuys – def a step up from coenie but not the best.

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