Siya Kolisi leads the Boks out for the second time in his first Rugby championship as captain – in what appears to be a dawn of new things for South African Rugby under coach Rassie Erasmus and a first ever black captain of the Springboks. The team kicked off in perfect fashion last week having defeated Argentina 34-21 – they are in Buenos Aires awaiting the second match up tomorrow and Rassie has put his cards on the table for tomorrow’s clash.
Franco Mostert returns to start at lock in the only change among the starters that beat the Pumas last week – Mostert was rested for last weekend’s Springbok victory in Durban following his heavy workload so far this year. He comes back into the starting team for Saturday’s Test and will form a second row partnership with Eben Etzebeth.
Pieter-Steph du Toit moves to the bench to create space for Mostert, there are a few more alterations on the bench with the impressive RG Snyman making a return to the matchday 23 while prop Wilco Louw comes in as a rotational change for Thomas du Toit.
Coach Erasmus has kept the backline and backrow the same aiming for continuity and combination gelling going forward – “I want to us to build more continuity and those combinations now have another opportunity to play together and gain more experience,” said Erasmus as told by Sports 24.
This presents another opportunity for life under Rassie Erasmus and Siya Kolisi to build positive momentum as the Boks aim to build on what has been a perfect first 3 months, with tests against the All Blacks around the corner, a step in the right direction can go a long way in regards to confidence boosting with the Rugby World cup 2019 around the corner.
South Africa’s team vs Argentina
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Damian Willemse