Sport24 'experts' pick Bok team to face Scotland

2015-09-30 10:08
Schalk Burger and Victor Matfield in discussion during training (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The rugby gurus at Sport24 have named their teams to face Scotland. Who do you agree with?

South Africa face Scotland on Saturday at St James' Park in Newcastle in a fixture that will determine who tops Pool B.

Springbok team to face Scotland, as chosen by Sport24's rugby panel*:

Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor

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

Garrin says: "The injury to Jean de Villiers will see Jesse Kriel and Damian de Allende re-united in midfield. Provided he passes a fitness test, Victor Matfield will assume the captain’s armband, while Jannie du Plessis gets to rest his knee, giving Frans Malherbe a start…"

Herman Mostert - Sport24 journalist

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

Herman says: “It’s a no-brainer to pick Jesse Kriel in place of injured skipper Jean de Villiers.

"With the future in mind, I'm going for Schalk Burger to lead the team. There’s also an injury cloud over Victor Matfield who limped out of Tuesday’s training session with a hamstring injury. If he fails to make the starting team, Lood de Jager should join Eben Etzebeth in the second row. Jannie du Plessis had a torrid game against Samoa and the time is right to permanently replace him with Frans Malherbe at tighthead prop."

Lloyd Burnard - Sport24 journalist

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira 

Lloyd says: "For me, the team picks itself and the players who did the business against Samoa should be rewarded. Jannie du Plessis needs to find form before the knockouts while Strauss’s showing against Samoa earns him another crack. If Matfield is injured then in comes Lood de Jager while Schalk gets the captaincy." 

Wade PretoriusSport24 journalist

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

Wade says: "I want to see De Allende and Matfield on the bench for this one, giving them some time to recover from injury niggles. Malherbe in for Du Plessis simply has to happen while I'm throwing my support behind Schalk Burger to captain the side going forward."

Which team do you agree with most?

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The match kicks off at 17:45.

*The starting line-ups were chosen with the assumption that all players are fit for selection

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