Rugby Championship

High praise for Jannie, Morné

2013-09-25 22:25
Morné Steyn and Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Morné Steyn epitomises what is expected from a Springbok rugby player, coach Heyneke Meyer said in Cape Town on Wednesday.

"He is a great example of hard work beating talent.

"He has such an unbelievable work ethic.

Du Plessis, who plays at tighthead prop, had copped some criticism recently, mainly for his shortcomings in defence.

"The match stats show that as a tighthead, he has the most cleans and tackles.

"The one area I am very happy with at the moment is the scrummaging, especially compared to last year, and Jannie must take a lot of credit for that.

"He does a lot of work outside of the scrums too.

"When we analyse matches he is always up there with the most tackles.

"I’m a simple coach and I try to keep things simple.

"Some time ago I had already told the hookers which matches they will be playing.

"I think we have two of the best hookers in the world and I need to keep players fresh going forward."

"Both Bismarck and Adriaan are great leaders.

"I don’t believe in giving away Test caps.

"In this case again, it was horses for courses."

Meanwhile, Meyer's counterpart, Wallabies coach, Ewen McKenzie is expected to make four changes to his run-on side for Saturday's clash at Newlands.

Kick-off is at 17:05.


South Africa:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 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 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

Possible Australia line-up:

15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.

Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Chris Feauai-Sautia


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