Captain Victor Matfield has backed flanker Oupa Mohoje to bring extra mobility to the Springbok pack when he plays in the second row.
In the absence of a specialist lock on the bench, the Cheetahs blindside flank will provide cover for Eben Etzebeth and Matfield in Saturday's clash with the World XV at Newalnds
Mohoje, who started his career with the Free State Cheetahs, made his Test debut in 2014. He was used as an impact player off the bench last year during the Rugby Championship but after only two games Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer promoted him to the starting line-up.
Mohoje has only made seven appearances for the Boks, all at blindside flank, however lineout guru Matfield believes he qualifies to do the job.
"In the game last year against the All Blacks Oupa played flank, but I used him a lot in the line-outs," said Matfield.
"Oupa is really quick in the line-outs and he also has the ability to provide cover in the back row."
Matfield said that 25-year-old should use the opportunity to show his versatility, which could be invaluable at the World Cup, where squads are limited to just 31 players.
"It will be great for Oupa if he can show that he can provide back-up at lock especially with the World Cup around the corner," explained Matfield.
"The tough thing for him will be the line-out drives and the scrums because he's not used to that role."
However, Matfield believes that Mahoje's skillset will provide other positive aspects for the Boks in the second row.
"Oupa is very good in the line-outs and I believe he will provide a lot of mobility for us at lock."
by Ben-Owen Jones