EDINBURG, Scotland (NWN) – Franco Mostart, Elton Jantzie and Willie Le Roux have been brought back as starters for South Africa against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
After coming off the bench in a 23-18 win over Wales last weekend, Mostart, At Locke, and Jantzies, on the flyhalf, rotated for Lude de Jagger and Hendre Pollard.
Le Roux was named fullback after Damien Willems had hit him on the head against Wales and was forced to follow concussion protocol. Those are just three changes.
“Scotland will be a force to be reckoned with at Murrayfield, so it was important for us to maintain consistency within our squad,” coach Jacques Nienaber said.
“Elton has been training very well since the team was assembled … and he has done well to earn a run every time, so we thought it was the right time for him to start.”
The Springboks have only lost to Scotland twice in this century, but they are on the alert after Australia’s 15-13 loss at Murrayfield on Sunday.
“Scotland has a quality team with many experienced players and some British and Irish Lions players, so we are not under any illusions about the challenge ahead,” said Nienaber.
“We laid a good foundation for the tour in Cardiff last week … (but) we need to increase our discipline.
“Scrum will, of course, be an important battle with former Springbok Scrum coach Peter de Villiers now serving in that role for Scotland, but it is an area of the game that we pride ourselves on. “
Mostart and Wing Jesse Kriel will reach 50 caps and Springbok longest-serving Frans Stein will complete 15 years on Saturday. Steyn scored a crucial 54m penalty against Wales and was adjudged the player of the match.
“Playing international rugby for 15 years is an extraordinary achievement and what makes this achievement even more remarkable is the fact that Frans continues to show his class despite being at the end of his career,” said Nienaber.
“His influence is equally valuable off the field and it’s wonderful to see a player of his ability guide the younger players on the team.”
South Africa: Willie Le Roux, Jesse Creel, Lukhanyo M, Damien de Allende, Makazol Mpimpi, Elton Jantji, Herschel Jantzi; Duane Vermeulen, Kwagga Smith, Sia Colisi (c), Franco Mostart, Eben Atzebeth, Trevor Nykane, Bongi Mbonnambi, Aux Nache. Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitschoff, Vincent Koch, Lude de Jagger, Jasper Wiese, Kobus Reinach, Hendre Pollard, Frans Stein.
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