Click and you could have your selfie appear on a Springbok player's Rugby World Cup jersey!

Meyer: Daniel brings X-factor

2012-08-15 16:38

Cape Town - Keegan Daniel has been included in the Springboks' starting line-up at No 8 to face Argentina at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Test opens the new Rugby Championship series, and will also mark the 50th Test appearance for centre Francois Steyn.

Daniel's inclusion was one of five changes to the Bok side which last played against England at the end of June.

Daniel comes in for the injured Pierre Spies, and coach Heyneke Meyer said the young player would provide the team with "that X-factor".

"Pierre is one of the senior players and when you lose an experienced player like him it's a big setback," Meyer said at the team announcement here on Wednesday.

"But I'm glad for Keegan because it's a big opportunity for him and I'd like to see him taking it with both hands.

"It is a step up for Keegan, but he has really been playing well. I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do at this level. He’s got an X-factor about him.

"It will be a hard, physical game on Saturday and we are looking to Keegan to bring that (X-factor) that can make a difference.

"He’s got to run from the back, as the No 8 covers from the back, so it's going to be a big challenge. He was good against a physical team like the Chiefs and also against the top defensive team, the Stormers."

Spies's absence brings to six the number Bok loose forwards on the injury list, and Meyer said he had to carefully ponder the selection options for Saturday's showdown.

"I did consider moving Willem Alberts to No 8 so that Jacques Potgieter could come in on the blindside flank. Such a move would have given us more ball carriers.

"But Marcell Coetzee is not a specialist openside flanker and he carries the ball a lot, so I think we are covered when it comes to big ball carriers."

Meyer also had to make a brave call at lock. That resulted in dropping the capable Juandré Kruger, who ran the Bok lineouts against England. Andries Bekker will take over that role on Saturday.

"I had a difficult decision at lock and dropping Juandré wasn't easy," said Meyer.

"He is a good player and he did not let us down against England, so he is a bit unlucky. However, Andries is an extremely talented player and this game is at his home ground - Newlands - so that swayed it.

"I went with Flip van der Merwe as the cover on the bench because he's been outstanding when he's come [on] as a replacement in the Bulls' matches. Also if something happened to Andries, Flip is very capable of making the lineout calls.

"There has always been a question-mark over (the fitness of) Eben (Etzebeth) and I would have opted for a 5-2 split on the bench, but with JP (Pietersen) out I could not do so."

Two of the reserves, prop Pat Cilliers and Bulls three-quarter JJ Engelbrecht, are the new caps in the squad. Meyer said he kept an eye on their progress and felt the time was right to blood them at international level.

"It has been a while in coming, but they have both earned their places with good performances," said Meyer.

"Pat hasn't been playing a lot of rugby, but I am looking forward to seeing what he can do against a great pack like the Pumas have.

"We can never have enough experience and players can only gain experience by playing."


South Africa:

15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Bryan Habana, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Willem Alberts (The Sharks, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Jacques Potgieter, 20. Ruan Pienaar, 21. Pat Lambie, 22. JJ Engelbrecht


15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla; 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), 7 Alvaro Galindo, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero

Substitutes: 16 Bruno Postiglioni, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Tomas Leonardi, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Martin Rodriguez

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @00:00
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
Sport Talk


08 August 2015
  • Australia v New Zealand, ANZ Stadium 12:05
  • South Africa v Argentina, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:05
15 August 2015
  • Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 21:40
19 September 2015
  • South Africa v Japan, Brighton Community Stadium 17:45


Rank Team P W Pts


26 July 2015
25 July 2015
18 July 2015
17 July 2015
11 July 2015
29 November 2014
22 November 2014
15 November 2014
08 November 2014
04 October 2014
27 September 2014
13 September 2014
06 September 2014
23 August 2014
16 August 2014
28 June 2014
21 June 2014
14 June 2014
07 June 2014
23 November 2013
17 November 2013
09 November 2013
05 October 2013
28 September 2013
14 September 2013
07 September 2013
24 August 2013
17 August 2013
22 June 2013
15 June 2013
08 June 2013

Opinion Poll

After losing to the All Blacks in Johannesburg, do the Springboks stand any chance at the World Cup?

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.