- Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus will make “four or five”
changes to his side for their clash against Argentina in Mendoza this coming
The Boks leave for South America
on Monday having secured a 34-21
bonus point win against the Pumas at Kings Park on Saturday.
While the Boks got the job done
in the end, they were far from their best, especially in the first half.
The bigger picture for Erasmus,
though, is the World Cup in Japan next year and he will continue to tweak his
side to give as many opportunities as possible to those who he considers in the
running to make that squad.
Erasmus will want to give the
likes of Marco van Staden and Damian Willemse, who both made their Bok debuts
in Durban, more game time while there are other players on the fringes who
could feature too.
Erasmus confirmed after Saturday
that flyhalf Elton Jantjies would
"definitely" be part of the 28-man touring party, while Franco Mostert is also expected to be
"We will make a few changes
to our team and there will definitely be a difference to the 28 that goes on
tour," Erasmus said.
"We will definitely select a
different team with four or five changes when we go over there."
If Erasmus does make the change
at flyhalf to accommodate Jantjies' return, then Pollard could move to No 12 in
a move that would see Andre Esterhuizen left out.
Pollard, who kicked two from
seven at Kings Park and struggled throughout, moved to inside centre when
Willemse came on at flyhalf with just under 20 minutes to go on Saturday.
"We would have liked to put
Damian on at No 15 but the game was always tight, so there was never a
chance," Erasmus explained.
"Elton will definitely go on
tour with us and we'll play around a bit with what we think they are going to
throw at us and what we think is the best team to handle that.
"Will will pick the best
team, with growth towards the World Cup in mind."