Springboks forced to switch 2s for second New Zealand encounter

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) – South Africa have made two changes to their 23 for a second meeting with New Zealand in the rugby championship as coach Jacques Nienaber has indicated the Springboks will continue with their style much criticized game based on the set. -Domination of the piece and tactical kicks.

This style was “the DNA” of the Boks, Nienaber said.

The team changes announced on Tuesday were due to the fact that mainstay Frans Malherbe and replacement striker Marco van Staden were injured.

Ox Nché is in Malherbe’s place, although Nché will start head-to-head against the All Blacks on the Gold Coast on Saturday, and Trevor Nyakane goes head-to-head. Jasper Wiese has been called up to replace Van Staden on the bench.

Winger Cheslin Kolbe was set to return with a leg injury that ruled him out of South Africa‘s two losses to Australia and the loss to New Zealand on the weekend. late last but the injury erupted again in Tuesday’s training session, Nienaber said.

Nienaber said he went for continuity after coming close to beating the All Blacks, who won 19-17 last Saturday with a late penalty from fullback Jordie Barrett. This sealed the rugby championship title for New Zealand heading into the final round of matches.

“We took a big step forward in terms of performance last week and after reviewing the game there is no doubt that we delivered a performance worthy of a victory,” said Nienaber.

But world champion Springboks faces four straight losses to complete the Rugby Championship.

“We know it’s going to take a colossal 80-minute effort, but the drive to succeed and the motivation to win this weekend is as important as it gets,” said Nienaber. “Last week we stuck with our DNA and our style of play and with a little better luck we could have won the result so we have to make sure we are better this week.”


South Africa: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handré Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Duane Vermeulen, Kwagga Smith, Siya Kolisi (captain), Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Trevor Nyakane, Bongi Mbonambi, Ox Nché. Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Elton Jantjies, Frans Steyn.


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