Johannesburg - The Springboks got exactly what they were looking for from their first
outing of the season, with the backs enthusing coach Heyneke Meyer with
the pace they had to burn, but don’t expect the same combination to take
the field in Saturday’s second Castle Incoming Tours Series clash with
Scotland in Nelspruit.
And that will be even more the case now that Jano Vermaak has been ruled
out of the rest of the series with the serious hamstring injury
sustained on the hour mark in Durban. Vermaak has been replaced in the
squad by Cheetahs No 9 Piet van Zyl, but Francois Hougaard is likely to
be Pienaar’s back-up in Nelspruit.
Scotland shouldn’t pose much of a threat in Nelspruit and whatever new
or different players come into the side for that fixture should
experience the same confidence boost that the men who did duty against