Planet Rugby

South Africa

South Africa

Boks unchanged for Pumas rematch

21st August 2013 17:04

Share:

Jano Vermaak SA training 2013

Jano Vermaak: Replaces Fourie du Preez on the bench

Springbok boss Heyneke Meyer has named an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's clash with Argentina in Mendoza.

The matchday 23 shows only one change from the team that beat the Pumas 73-13 last weekend - Jano Vermaak comes onto the bench as replacement scrum-half for Fourie du Preez.

If Vermaak gets game-time, he will play in his second Test after making his Springbok debut in Durban against Italy in June.

He picked up an unfortunate injury in that Test, which ruled him out of the rest of South Africa's Incoming Series.

Bismarck du Plessis will play in his 50th Test for South Africa off the bench.

"We're fortunate that we are able to keep an unchanged team for this Test," said Meyer.

"It will be a special day for Bismarck as he will become only the 24th South African to play in his 50th Test for the Springboks, and it's very well deserved.

"Over the years, he's always given 100% for the Boks and he will go down in history as one of the best hookers ever to play the game.

"We're actually in a very privileged position to have two of the best hookers in world rugby in our system, in him and Adriaan (Strauss).

They bring out the best in each other and they will continue to grow as players and leaders in the team."

Meyer said the Springboks know the Pumas will lift the intensity for Saturday's match in Mendoza.

"We experienced first-hand how passionate their supporters are and how they can lift their team," he added.

"Having said that, our focus is on continuous improvement and we would like to keep on converting try-scoring opportunities, building on our good on-field discipline and improving our play at the breakdowns."

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip Van Der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Date: Saturday, August 24
Venue: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Kick-off: 16.10 (19.10 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees:John Lacey (Ireland), Pascal Gauzère (France)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)

  • South Africa Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 16
South Africa vs Argentina16:05
Saturday , August 23
Argentina vs South Africa20:10
Saturday , September 6
Australia vs South Africa11:05
Saturday , September 13
New Zealand vs South Africa08:35
Saturday , September 27
South Africa vs Australia16:05
Saturday , October 4
South Africa vs New Zealand16:05
More Rugby Championship fixtures
  • South Africa Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
Saturday , June 21
South Africa 31 - 30 WalesSouth Africa vs Wales Report
Saturday , June 14
South Africa 38 - 16 WalesSouth Africa vs Wales Report
More International Match results
  • Table
Rugby Championship Table
PosTeamPPts
1New Zealand628
2South Africa619
3Australia69
4Argentina62