Town - When Steven
Kitshoff takes to the field in Saturday's Rugby
Championship clash against Argentina in Mendoza, he will earn his 29th Test
Only two of those, though, have
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
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
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
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