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Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made solely two adjustments to his beginning staff for Saturday’s ultimate spherical Citadel Lager Rugby Championship Take a look at in opposition to Argentina at Hollywoodbets Kings Park in Durban, whereas he additionally opted to call six forwards and two backs on the replacements bench.

Skilled utility again Frans Steyn will begin at flyhalf instead of the injured Damian Willemse, whereas Pieter Steph du Toit returns to the beginning lineup at flanker instead of Franco Mostert, who will present an impression off the bench.

The notable adjustments amongst the replacements are the return of hooker Bongi Mbonambi, who makes a welcome return from a knee harm, and Kurt-Lee Arendse, who has accomplished his suspension following a harmful sort out final month.

Mbonambi can be joined by robust reinforcements in Vincent Koch (prop) and Duane Vermeulen (No 8), who be part of Mostert and Kwagga Smith because the forwards on the bench.

Faf de Klerk and Arendse, in the meantime, will present cowl amongst the backs, with De Klerk earmarked because the back-up scrumhalf and flyhalf cowl, whereas Arendse will cowl fullback and wing relying on how the match unfolds.

Frans Steyn will begin at flyhalf instead of the injured Damian Willemse.

The Springboks are at the moment stage on 14 log factors with New Zealand on the Citadel Lager Rugby Championship log and path the All Blacks by 13 factors on factors’ distinction. The Boks, nonetheless, will know precisely what they should do within the match to clinch the title once they take the sphere because the All Blacks will host Australia in Auckland earlier within the day.

“We confirmed within the first half final week what we’re able to and our combating spirit within the dying minutes was admirable,” stated Nienaber.

“That made it simple for us to go for continuity in choice within the beginning lineup. Clearly the one change was harm enforced as Damian Willemse has been dominated out because of concussion, and we have been happy the calmness Frans Steyn introduced at flyhalf when Damian left the sphere.

“The vitality and enthusiasm Pieter-Steph has been displaying at coaching has additionally been nice, and we all know what he’s able to on this free trio, so I’m certain he’ll make an impression among the many free forwards.”

Bongi Mbonambi has recovered from injury and is back in the Boks' match-23.

Bongi Mbonambi has recovered from harm and is again within the Boks’ match-23.

Of the choice to call a cut up of six forwards and two backs on the bench, Nienaber stated: “We all know what challenges Argentina will pose and we really feel that this might be the most suitable choice for us for this match particularly.

“Now we have a bunch of hungry and proficient gamers serving within the bomb squad this week and each participant within the match day squad is aware of what is anticipated of them if we wish to win the Citadel Lager Rugby Championship.”

With the match primarily a ultimate, Nienaber admitted that his staff have been prepared for an epic battle, particularly with Argentina and Australia additionally nonetheless within the title race relying on the end result of the 2 matches.

“We considered final week as a semi-final and this week as a ultimate, however Argentina are a staff that don’t give an inch, they usually by no means cease combating as we noticed final week,” stated Nienaber.

“They defeated New Zealand away from house in opposition to the percentages they usually registered a convincing victory in opposition to Australia at house, so we all know we’re in for a large battle.

Kurt-Lee Arendse is back from suspension.

Kurt-Lee Arendse is again from suspension.

“There can be a number of keys to victory this week, and these embrace set piece dominance, utilizing our alternatives and making certain that we do the fitting issues in particular areas of the sphere.

“It’s all or nothing for us this week, and we have now a staff with a number of gamers who’ve gained the Rugby World Cup and the British & Irish Lions Sequence, in order that they know it should take nothing lower than a top quality 80-minute effort to win this match and the competitors. “

Nienaber anticipated one other bruising battle in opposition to Los Pumas and stated: “They’re one of many groups whose patriotism radiates of their performances. They’re robust within the set items and have proficient backs and they’ll problem us in each division.

“In addition they by no means quit, as they confirmed within the second half final week to bounce again from 22-6 all the way down to 22-20, and they’ll draw quite a lot of confidence from that going into this match.

“It is a huge recreation for each groups, so we must be switched on mentally and bodily from begin to finish of the match.”

Vincent Koch will again provide cover off the bench.

Vincent Koch will once more present cowl off the bench.

Springbok staff to face Argentina in Durban:

15 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 78 caps, 65 pts (13t)
14 – Canan Moodie (Vodacom Bulls) – 2 caps, 5pts (1t)
13 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 55 caps, 60 pts (12t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 65 caps, 45 pts, (9t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 32 caps, 110 pts (22t)
10 – Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) – 77 caps, 156 pts (11t, 10c, 24p, 3d)
9 – Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks) – 9 caps, 10 pts (2t)

8 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 17 caps, 0 pts
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz) – 63 caps, 15 pts (3t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 70 caps, 35 pts (7t)
5 – Lood de Jager (Wild Knights) – 63 caps, 25 pts (5t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) – 105 caps, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 53 caps, 5 pts (1t)
2 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 54 caps, 65 pts (13t)
1 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 66 caps, 5 pts (1t)


16 – Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks) – 51 caps, 55 pts (11t)
17 – Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks) – 14 caps, 0 pts
18 – Vincent Koch (Wasps) – 36 caps, 0 pts
19 – Franco Mostert (Honda Warmth) – 58 caps, 10 pts (2t)
20 – Duane Vermeulen (Ulster) – 64 caps, 15 pts (3t)
21 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 26 caps, 15 pts (3t)
22 – Faf de Klerk (Yokohama Canon Eagles) – 41 caps, 25 pts (5t)
23 – Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls) – 2 caps, 5 pts (1t)


Springbok report in opposition to Argentina in South Africa:
Performed 15, Gained 14, Misplaced 1; Factors for 550, Factors in opposition to 272, Common rating 37-17; Tries scored 65, Tries conceded 25; Highest rating 73, Greatest win 60 pts (73-13), Win% 93%

Springbok report at Hollywoodbets Kings Park (total):
Performed 34, Gained 21, Misplaced 10, Drawn 3; Factors for 835; Factors in opposition to 601; Tries for 87; Tries in opposition to: 59.

Springbok staff information at Hollywoodbets Kings Park:
Greatest win: 101-0 v Italy on 19 June 1999
Most tries: 15 v Italy on 19 June 1999
Most conversions: 13 v Italy on 19 June 1999
Most penalty objectives: 8 v New Zealand on 1 August 2009
Most drop objectives: 3 v South America on 3 Might 1980 and v Eire on 6 June 1981


  • Eben Etzebeth will lengthen his run as essentially the most capped Springbok participant in opposition to Argentina with this match marking his 19th Take a look at in opposition to Los Pumas from 2012 to 2022.
  • Following his two tries final weekend, Malcolm Marx is now the Springbok hooker with essentially the most Take a look at tries – 13. Bongi Mbonambi is second on the checklist with 11 Take a look at tries.


  • The overall Take a look at caps for the Springbok beginning line-up is 809.
  • There are 318 caps within the backline with 491 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are an additional 292
  • The common caps per participant within the backline are 46the forwards 59whereas the gamers on the bench common 36.

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