Springboks wary of new France pivot Trinh-Duc

2017-06-14 09:14
Francois Trinh-Duc (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks expect François Trinh-Duc to start at flyhalf in Saturday’s second Test in Durban.

Trinh-Duc is one of several French stars who missed the series-opener in Pretoria as they arrived late in the country due to commitments in the French Top 14 final.

Jules Plisson started at pivot last Saturday, with Jean-Marc Doussain the reserve flyhalf but the expectation is that Trinh-Duc will be utilised in the second Test.

Trinh-Duc, who plays for Toulon, boasts 58 Test caps and could prove the Springboks a few headaches this Saturday.

But Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies is looking forward to testing himself against Trinh-Duc at Kings Park.

“Trinh-Duc is a very experienced and well-rounded player. He’ll test us in different areas,” Jantjies was quoted as saying by Netwerk24.

“We must make sure that our defence is sharp and that we hold onto the ball when we have possession.”

Jantjies was one of South Africa’s star players in the first Test, scoring 15 points as the Springboks ran out 37-14 winners.

But the Boks expect a better French outfit in the second Test.

“The forwards worked incredibly hard to give us good positions from where we could attack. Like coach Franco (Smith, skills and attack) said, we know the French are going to come with a huge onslaught and we have to be ready for it,” Jantjies continued via a press statement on Tuesday.

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