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Boks will get again on observe



Head coach Jacques Nienaber says a new-look Springbok crew are decided to “appropriate the wrongs” within the Rugby Championship finale in opposition to Argentina on Saturday.

Nienaber on Tuesday made 9 modifications to the beginning XV which misplaced to the All Blacks in Auckland two weeks in the past. Duane Vermeulen is again as captain, with a brand new halfback pairing that may see scrumhalf Grant Williams make his first Take a look at begin.

The again row has additionally been rotated and up entrance, hooker Malcolm Marx and lock Marvin Orie are available for Bongi Mbonambi and Lood de Jager, respectively.

Within the backline, wing Kurt-Lee Arendse returns to the run-on lineup whereas the skilled Jesse Kriel will make his first look of the season in midfield. Nienaber opted for a five-three cut up on the bench in favour of the forwards.

“It is a high quality crew that may provide us the abilities we want in opposition to Argentina,” the Bok coach stated. “It additionally accommodates a superb steadiness of expertise and youth, which is significant as we construct towards the World Cup.

“There are solely 4 extra matches earlier than we kick off our World Cup marketing campaign so it’s a high-quality balancing act to present all of the gamers an opportunity to stake a declare for locations whereas choosing groups that we consider are finest geared up for the opposition we’ll face.

“The lead to New Zealand was bitterly disappointing, however we got here into the season with a plan that may hopefully permit us to pick out the very best squad for the World Cup and peak on the proper time.”

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Nienaber stated the Boks are determined to bounce again to profitable methods, however has warned his expenses to count on a large bodily onslaught from Argentina.

“The Pumas confirmed of their final two video games that they could be a drive to be reckoned with, so we’ve to be sharp from the get-go, be correct in our execution on assault and defence, and use the alternatives we create,” he added.

“They pleasure themselves on their set items, they’re very harmful at exploiting your errors, they usually by no means cease preventing which makes them a difficult opponent.

“However that stated, we all know the place we went mistaken in our final match, and we’re decided to appropriate the wrongs from that day and get our season again on observe.

“We’re anticipating a hard-fought battle and we all know we must be targeted for the complete 80 minutes, however we’re able to go on the market and provides every part.”

The weekend’s match at Ellis Park marks the final for the Boks on dwelling soil this yr, with Nienaber including: “We noticed in 2019 how passionate the nation is concerning the Springboks and hopefully we will make this a superb send-off for the crew.”

Photograph: @Springboks/Twitter

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