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Kolbe, Notshe to make run-on debuts in PE

Cheslin Kolbe (wing) and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (No will make their run-on debuts for the Springboks against the Wallabies in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, when the two teams meet in the penultimate round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.The inclusion of Kolbe on the right wing and Notshe in the pack are two of four personnel changes to the Springbok starting team that beat the All Blacks in an epic clash two weeks ago in Wellington, New Zealand.

Kolbe made his Springbok debut in Brisbane three weeks ago and was sent on as an early replacement against the All Blacks in Wellington the following week, scoring a vital try early in the second half.

Warren Whiteley sustained a groin injury earlier in the week, which has ruled him out of action for this Saturday, paving the way for Notshe to earn his first start for the Springboks.

Jesse Kriel, who started at right wing in Wellington, moves back to outside centre. Kriel is set to partner the strong running Andre Esterhuizen in a revamped Springbok midfield as a result of the injuries to Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am.

Up front there is a rotation at loosehead prop between Tendai Mtawarira and Steven Kitshoff, who on this occasion will provide impact off the bench. The rest of the starting line-up is unchanged, with Mtawarira set to make his 106th Test match appearance for the Springboks on Saturday.

There are however some tweaks to the replacement bench. Marco van Staden comes into the match-day squad as replacement for Francois Louw, and Embrose Papier is now the back-up scrumhalf in place of Ross Cronje. Furthermore, the versatile Damian Willemse returns to the bench.

“Cheslin has been very impressive since he joined the squad a few weeks ago and now he gets a deserved opportunity to start in a big Test,” said SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus.

“The same applies for Notshe, who did very well in the role of impact player during the English series. He has kept on working hard and he deserves his opportunity in the starting team.

“The inclusion of ‘Beast’ in the front row is a straight swop for Steven and Jesse returns to outside centre, a position where he has played most of his Test rugby, next to André, who started in four Tests already this year.”

The bench made a telling impact in Wellington, which is something Erasmus will once more demand from his replacements this weekend.

“The players that we sent on took their chances and that’s what we want from this group. We are trying to build experience in the squad that we can take to the Rugby World Cup,” said Erasmus.

The match will also commemorate the 100th birthday anniversary of former South African President, the late Mr Nelson Mandela, and the Springboks have enthusiastically joined into the various happenings in the Friendly City.

“The activities were not distracting at all – in fact, it served as a motivating factor for us if you just look at how much this Test and the occasion mean for the city and the Springbok supporters,” said Erasmus.

The Springbok team to play Australia in Port Elizabeth (in order of position, name and surname, club or provincial team, number of caps and Test points):
15. Willie le Roux (Wasps, England), 48, 60 – 12t
14. Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), 2, 5 – 1t
13. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), 34, 45 – 9t
12. André Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), 4, 0
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Emirates Lions), 7, 25 – 5t
10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), 33, 265 – 3t, 50c, 47p, 3d
9. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), 18, 10 – 2t
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers), 4, 0
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers,) 40, 20 – 4t
6. Siya Kolisi (captain, DHL Stormers), 35, 25 – 5t
5. Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions), 24, 5 – 1t
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), 71, 15 – 3t
3. Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers,) 23, 0
2. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), 18, 20 – 4t
1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), 105, 10 – 2t
16. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), 20, 10 – 2t
17. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers, 31, 5 – 1t
18. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers), 10, 0
19. RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), 6, 0
20. Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls), 1, 0
21. Embrose Papier (Vodacom Bulls), 3, 0
22. Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), 28, 223 – 2t, 42c, 43p
23. Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers), 2, 0

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  1. Team is significant weaker than against ABs. Especially mid-field – thankfully Oz kept moron Beale.

  2. @Bekke: I think Esterhuizen has the skills to become a great at 12, but like Jantjies, haven’t really shown it at international level. Hopefully he gets it right this weekend.

  3. @Jacques: Warren and De Allende are big losses. Notshe is your typical all-show WP loose forward. He is a great talent, with speed, but incredibly lazy and selective in his “moments” – pretty much like Kolisi (apart from last game). So with 2 luigat loosies Saturday, a LH that has his nose up his arse in way too many scrums, and an inside centre that has only 1 (limited) play…I am less concerned about Kolbe.

  4. @Bekke: is it his offload you are referring to as his one play? Maybe his boot? Maybe crashball?

    Look I know he hasn’t really shown what he can do at 12, but then he hasn’t really had that many opportunities. Let’s see how he goes. I’m more worried about a few other positions than 12. Hopefully Kolisi picks up where he left off against the AB’s and that inspires Notshe to have a good game as well. I’m really hoping for a win

  5. @Aldo: I have only ever seen him trying to crash over people. Remember when he wasted a try like that- trying to shoulder over somebody, when he was already over the goalline. But let’s see.

  6. @Bekke: like I said, he hasn’t shown good form for the Boks yet. Hope we get to see some this weekend. I am a bit worried, especially with pooper playing. They are going to make breakdown tough so we have to commit numbers. Different game than we played against the all blacks

  7. Notshe has plenty of pace and skill, he needs to get involved in the rough stuff though. Hope he does that this weekend

  8. Looks good but I’m not sure about Esterhuizen and I’d like to have seen Staden and Willemse get a start. Guess Rassie wants to ensure consistency to an extent – listening to the conservative koppe. Pity.

  9. What a joke… two of the three most impotent loose-forwards in Super rugby now in the same test side. Not only is Notshe not even an 8… where Augustus and DDP are in form (with the latter capped)… like Kolisi he’s not even a 6 nor a 7.

    Rassie straight back to his pencil-test kit… I sincerely hope the Wallabies cause the upset.

  10. @Aldo:

    With that pack… hmmff… this entire team is political posturing that are going to rely on the merit selections to markedly step-up and carry them.

  11. Whiteley is not a physical no 8 – he is skillful and athletic. Same as Notshe. Selection is fine. Notshe just got to go out their with right attitude and set it on fire and give all his detractors a nice slice of STFU pie.

    Will depend on how serious the ‘whole’ team approaches this game.

  12. @cab:

    Whiteley is every bit as ‘physical’ as any other 8 in world rugby… his tackle and ‘go-forward’ stats attest to that every single week in test rugby and super rugby.

    Notshe’s own coach has on multiple occasions has stated those aspects are something he is deficient in and needs working at. Yet there he is playing test rugby at the highest level when he has never played 8 was a 7 during SR and played at 6 currently in the CC. I can name several players better in every one of those positions.

    You’re kidding yourself he’s there for any other reason than his skin colour. He should be ashamed.

  13. PSDT going to have to carry his two flankers much like the Stormer’s T5 have had to carry them the entire season.

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