Rugby Championship

Impact player Kitshoff knows importance of bench role

2018-08-24 13:39
Steven Kitshoff (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - When Steven Kitshoff takes to the field in Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against Argentina in Mendoza, he will earn his 29th Test cap. 

Only two of those, though, have been starts. 

Now 26, Kitshoff is fully used to his role as a Bok substitute. 

The No 1 jersey still belongs to Tendai Mtawarira, who on Saturday will earn his 103rd Bok cap, seeing him go past Percy Montgomery as fifth-most capped Bok of all time.

Mtawarira has been in fine form throughout 2018 for both the Sharks and the Boks, though at the age of 33 his shifts are becoming shorter.

On Saturday at Kings Par, Mtawarira emptied the tank for 51 minutes in another dominant display in both the set piece and in open play. 

It means that Kitshoff's role off the bench is as important as Mtawarira's in the starting line-up.

"Coming from the bench it's important to make an impact, especially in those first five minutes to give the game some injection," he said, adding that he expected a massive battle against the Pumas on their own turf.

"I know Argentinean props are good scrummagers and I worked with them a lot when I was in France. It's always a good competition.

"They work hard and they've got a good scrum and they've always been one of the mnore physical sides to scrum against in world rugby. It's going to be a tactical, tough battle and we'll just have to be up for it."

Kick-off on Saturday is at 21:10 (SA time). 

Teams:

Argentina

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Substitutes: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21, Tomas Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Damian Willemse

 

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

Did the Springboks' performance against the All Blacks in Wellington change your belief in who will win the Rugby World Cup?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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