Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer
says Ruan Pienaar deserves to start at scrumhalf ahead of Fourie du Preez
against Argentina on Saturday.
Meyer recently drafted Du Preez into his squad for the home leg of the Rugby
Championship and it came as a bit of a surprise when the veteran scrumhalf was
not included in the starting team.
Du Preez, who plays for Japanese club, Suntory Sungoliath, won't be available
for away games in the tournament which gives Meyer little time to see how he
fits into his plans.
But Meyer said current scrumhalf incumbent Pienaar deserved to stay at the helm
for Saturday's Test at the FNB Stadium. He did, however, state that Du Preez
will be given enough game time.
"It would be unfair to expect Fourie to just slot in so suddenly,"
Meyer told the Beeld website.
"But he will get enough game time off the substitutes bench. I know it can
sometimes be risky to replace your scrumhalf, because if the substitute gets
injured, he can't come back on.
"However, I have a lot of faith in both scrumhalves in the squad and it's
reassuring to have so many experienced players at my disposal.
"I feel we are settling nicely as a group and we must now take our game to
the next level.
"The Rugby Championship, and the team who we will now be facing, are
definitely of a higher quality than we've experience so far this year," said
Saturday's clash kicks off at 15:00.
15. Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein
15. Juan Martin Hernandez, 14. Gonzalo Camacho, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11. Juan Imhoff, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Martin Landajo, 8. Leonardo Senatore, 7. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Patricio Albacete, 4. Manuel Carizza, 3. Matias Diaz, 2. Eusebio Guinazu, 1. Juan Figallo
Substitutes: 16. Agustin Creevy, 17. Nahuel Lobo, 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19. Mariano Galarza, 20. Julio Farias Cabello, 21. Tomas Cubelli, 22. Santiago Fernandez, 23. Horacio Agulla