The return of Franco Mostert at lock is the only change in the Springbok starting team for the second round Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash against Argentina on Saturday in Mendoza. The match in the Estadio Malvinas Argentina starts at 21h10 (SA time) and will be televised live on SuperSport1.

Mostert was rested for last weekend’s Springbok victory over the Pumas in Durban following his heavy workload so far this year. He comes back into the starting team for Saturday’s Test and will form a second-row partnership with Eben Etzebeth, which sees Pieter-Steph du Toit moving to the bench as cover.

There are two more changes amongst the forward replacements. RG Snyman (lock) makes a return to the match 23 in place of Marvin Orie, who is not touring, while Wilco Louw (prop) rotates places with Thomas du Toit.

SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, explained the inclusion of Mostert in the starting fifteen: “Franco needed rest after Vodacom Super Rugby and the June internationals and we therefore didn’t consider him for Durban. He’s been our first-choice No 5 lock and that’s why is starting on Saturday.”

Erasmus kept his backline unchanged and also resisted the temptation to tweak his loose forward combination.

“I want to us to build more continuity and those combinations now have another opportunity to play together and gain more experience,” said Erasmus.

Regarding Saturday’s challenge against Argentina, Erasmus said: “We’ve always rated them as a very physical team and we felt the game (in Durban) was physical. They’re going to step it up and I think they will come hard at our mauling, scrums and the breakdowns.”

The Springboks travel to Mendoza on Friday where they will conclude their match preparations.

The Springbok team to face Argentina in Mendoza (in alphabetical order – name and surname, franchise/club, Test caps and points):

15. Willie le Roux (Wasps, England, 45, 55 – 11t)
14. Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks, 2, 15 – 3t)
13. Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks, 4, 5 – 1t)
12. André Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks, 3, 0)
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Emirates Lions, 4, 15 – 3t)
10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls, 30, 250 – 3t, 44c, 46p, 3d)
9. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England, 15, 10 – 2t)
8. Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions, No 8, 18, 15 – 3t)
7. Siya Kolisi (captain, DHL Stormers, 32, 20 – 4t)
6. Francois Louw (Bath, England, 58, 45 – 9t)
5. Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions, 21, 5 – 1t)
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers, 68, 15 – 3t)
3. Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers, 20, 0)
2. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions, 15, 15 – 3t)
1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks, 102, 10 – 2t)
16. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers, 17, 5 – 1t)
17. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers, 28, 5 – 1t)
18. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers, 7, 0)
19. RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls, 3, 0)
20. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers, 37, 20 – 4t)
21. Embrose Papier (Vodacom Bulls, 3, 0)
22. Lionel Mapoe (Emirates Lions, 13, 0)
23. Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers, 1, 0)

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  1. Good team, but without JLDP, might be a slip up in Mendoza. Would’ve def had him on the bench. Even psdt does not play that role.

  2. Persisting with the same shite loose-forward trio… dropping PSDT (who was the biggest work-horse last week with 19/1 tackles) to flank bench cover (when they are in dire need of some alternate loose-forwards)… persisting with Pollard/WLR having to play 80mins again… I thought Rassie was ‘experimenting’ and ‘building depth’ against the 10th ranked team in the world?

    Good to see RG Snyman there in place of Orie, but to be fair the poor guy didn’t even get one minute last week so why drop him or vice-versa.

    Ho hum…

  3. @bryce_in_oz: Stats sometimes, other stats shows it Tackles made: Whiteley 18 Du Toit 17 Etzebeth 12, Kolisi 9, Louw 8,
    Tackles dominated : Du Toit 3, Kolisi 3, Louw 2 Whiteley 2
    Tackle Turnover: Whiteley 2
    Tunrovers: Marx 4, Louw 1, Van Staaden 1,
    Ball Carriers: Etzebeth 17, Du 10, Kolisi 8, Whiteley 8, Marx 7, Louw 6
    Meters Made: Etzebeth 89, Kolisi 61, Whiteley 49, Marx 39, Du Toit 36, Louw 23

  4. @bryce_in_oz: “ersisting with Pollard/WLR having to play 80mins again… I thought Rassie was ‘experimenting’ ”

    Rassie always said….from start…win first, building the team and transformation….win against Argentina away from home most important at this stage

  5. @Jacques:

    Win first yet only have one player from the bench (with less than 2mins experience) covering 10/15 was my point on that part. Unheard of in test rugby. Jantjies going into the more important tests stale now… Kriel (13/14/15) for Mapoe could have been another option. The rest including the loose-forward comments I stand by… they’re going to get blitzed by the AB’s… why keep it again. Besides Rassie never actually said ‘win-first’… he knows he can lose every single game this year and still be safe. Many of those choices are hardly building depth in the squad.


    Opta, Sanzaar and ESPN had PSDT as the most tackles with the least missed and Whitely shortly behind him then Etebeth. What were Louw and to a lesser degree Kolisi doing all game?

  6. @bryce_in_oz: Point I am making is not to proof you wrong Bryce, stats are like politicians these days….

    Watch the game again and Whiteley had a great game which not many has seen. Du Toit for me was allot not so effective as we are used to, Etzebeth was a monster but one week say nothing. I would still have Du Preez in team or atleast on the bench….Flo is not our answer as many has said on this site…

    Would like to see Van Staaden get a proper opportunity

  7. @Jacques:

    YEah I know you weren’t mate… but tackle stats are tackle stats… they rarely vary too much. PSDT never gets noticed when he is doing all the tackling with others taking the ball up. I didn’t fault Whiteley at all… again in spite of doing all the tackling and playing tight, whilst Kolisi was on the wing again (and I presume Louw was jogging from ruck to ruck as I barely remember even seeing him at the breakdown) he still managed to add a bit extra. This trio simply doesn’t work, Kolisi on the blind-side stuffs everything up. Take one look at the AB’s and past uber-succesful Bok sides to see what loose-forward trios should look like. That backline bench is not balanced… it’s a head-shake… particularly looking at the starting backs (who are not able to be utility cover) again see see AB’s or past successful Bok sides.

    Why Van Staden go dropped is anyone’s guess when he knows exactly what he has in PSDT (as a flank nogal) May as well have just kept the same pack, Mostert replacing Orie (but even though I ma not a fan.. that’s harsh when the guy did not even set foot on the pitch).


    he has to be injured as he is not playing for the Sharks… if not… another Erasmus (head-shake)…

  8. No it does not, Only one worthy of his place is Whiteley….I see Marchell started playing again for Ulster this week….Like that guy….

    I think the major concern for Rassie must be his loose trio like you said. Our tight five is ok. Still not convince at 10 nor 12 and 13…

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