Malherbe out to break try-scoring duck

2015-10-21 14:19
Frans Malherbe (Gallo Images)

London - Prop Frans Malherbe will be eager to opening his Springbok points scoring account against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Malherbe, who retained his spot at tighthead for Saturday's Rugby World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks ahead of Jannie du Plessis, is the only player in the 23-man squad not to have scored a point for the Boks.

Malherbe, playing in his 11th Test, will once again form part of the front row alongside Bismarck du Plessis and 'Beast' Mtawarira.

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Historically, front rowers have an excellent try-scoring record in World Cup playoff matches - finals in particular.

Loosehead Tony Woodcock scored New Zealand's only try in their 2011 victory over France, while back in 1991 Wallaby loosehead Tony Daly was the only name on Australia's try scoresheet in their win over England.

Or maybe it just helps if your name is Tony...

Among the Bok starting team to face the All Blacks on Saturday (kick-off at 17:00 SA time), Damian de Allende and Eben Etzebeth have a single try to their names, while on the bench Trevor Nyakane and Jannie du Plessis have a solitary five-pointer on their CVs.

Sport24 Editor Garrin Lambley is covering the 2015 Rugby World Cup live from London

Teams:

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (captain), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Victor Matfield, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

New Zealand

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