Rugby Championship

Ollie: Very mediocre Bok side!

2016-09-09 06:30
Ollie le Roux (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former South African prop Ollie le Roux is unimpressed by the Springbok team named to face the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.

Coach Allister Coetzee on Thursday made four changes to the team that went down to Argentina in Salta.

Juan de Jongh and Jesse Kriel replace Damian de Allende and Lionel Mapoe in midfield, while Francois Hougaard comes into the side as replacement for Ruan Combrinck, who suffered a fractured leg against the Pumas. Hougaard will play on the left wing, meaning the experienced Bryan Habana moves over to the right.

In the only change amongst the forwards, tighthead prop Lourens Adriaanse will earn his first start for the Springboks in place of Vincent Koch.

Le Roux, who played 54 Tests for the Springboks between 1994 and 2002, expressed his thoughts via Twitter on Thursday.

The 43-year-old tweeted:

Le Roux was not happy to see Mapoe dropped, while he also questioned why skipper Adriaan Strauss and prop Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira kept their places.

Saturday's Test at Suncorp Stadium is scheduled for 12:05 (SA time).

Teams:

Australia

5 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Bernard Foley, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes (from): 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Tevita Kuridrani, 23 Drew Mitchell

South Africa

15 Johan Goosen, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Lionel Mapoe

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