Pretoria - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer dropped a hint at how his loose trio for the future will look by branding the three young players that have played in the Incoming Series “world beaters” if they continue their development upwards.
But the door left open by Botha’s injury was the perfect opportunity for young Siya Kolisi, who grabbed it with both hands to have a dream debut and be given the man-of-the-match award.
It was a testament to the hard work and talent of Kolisi, who has been waiting for a year to make the breakthrough.
The combination of Botha and Kolisi is a mouth-watering prospect, and not bad to have as back-up to Spies and Willem Alberts, especially as Duanne Vermeulen is also in the wings injured at the moment.
And as he has said several times before, Meyer picks on character.
Meyer said Kolisi’s performance had impressed him to no end, but added that he had been eyeing Kolisi for some time now.
"I don’t just look at one performance, I thought he has been played well for a long time now.
"Last year he got injured and this year was an up and down season for him. But one thing about certain players, once they get to the Boks they lift themselves.
"In the last year he has played every game, and it is just human that sooner or later he needs a break," Meyer said.