Cape Town - Morne Steyn could start at flyhalf
for the Springboks during this year’s Rugby Championship, while Pat Lambie may
get a run at fullback.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has indicated
that he will continue to make changes to his side throughout the Rugby
Championship as he continues his search for the best combinations ahead of this
year’s Rugby World Cup.
According to Netwerk24, fans shouldn’t be
too surprised to see Steyn slot in at No 10 and Lambie at No 15.
Handre Pollard and Willie le Roux started
at No 10 and No 15 respectively against the World XV at Newlands this past
weekend, but both players made a few glaring errors.
Pollard kicked poorly and while Le Roux
scored a hat-trick of tries, he made a few errors that could prove costly in
When Lambie came on as a substitute late in
the game, he played at fullback, with Le Roux shifting to wing.
Pollard only succeeded with three out of
seven attempts at goal.
“Our kicking was not good enough
throughout. We prefer keeping ball in hand, but when we kicked, bad habits
crept in,” said Meyer.
“Pat kicked well when we brought him on at
fullback. I think it was tough for Handre to get his balance right on the wet
field. But he’s a brilliant player and we simply have to correct matters. In a
World Cup tournament, you have to succeed with every kick at goal.”
Meyer is also confident that Le Roux will
start playing better.
“The more Willie plays, the better he’ll
get. I moved him to wing when I brought Pat on to see how they would combine.”
The Boks next tackle the Wallabies in
Brisbane this Saturday.
The Springbok squad that will travel to
Forwards: Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger,
Marcell Coetzee, Lood de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben
Etzebeth, Vincent Koch, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield, Teboho
“Oupa” Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Heinke van
der Merwe, Warren Whiteley
Backs: Damian De Allende, Bryan Habana,
Jesse Kriel, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy
Paige, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan
Serfontein, Morne Steyn