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South Africa make three changes for second Wallabies showdown

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15th September, 2021
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South Africa have made three changes to the match day squad, and two to the starting team, beaten by Australia last weekend for their second battle in The Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Marvin Orie takes over at lock from Lood de Jager, who misses the game after suffering concussion but is expected to play against the All Blacks a week later. Trevor Nyakane was named at loosehead prop, with Steven Kitshoff coming onto the bench in place of Ox Nché.

Nienaber told a media conference on Thursday his team had worked on their discipline after allowing Quade Cooper the opportunity to kick seven penalties, in a game they lost despite scoring three tires to one.

“Our dicipline was poor for our standard,” Nienaber said.

“They had 21 points from goals and they were offside penalties. That’s the most in which I’ve been involved in as a coach.

“I felt there were some offside penalties we conceded that weren’t called for. We were in control and in our system. That was poor for me.

“Our first time tackle wasn’t as good as it should have been and our kicking game wasn’t where it should have been.”


Nyakane, who boasts 48 Test caps, and Orie last played in the team’s second Test against Argentina in Nelson Mandela Bay last month.

Nienaber has again opted for a six-two split of forwards on the bench where Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith and Jasper Wiese will add impetus along with the front row of Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx and Vincent Koch, while Herschel Jantjies and Damian Willemse will provide cover in the backline.

“This is an experienced group of players who knows what it takes to deliver under pressure, and we all know what we need to do to bounce back from last week’s defeat,” said Nienaber.

“Trevor is a Rugby World Cup winning prop and his experience, as well as Steven’s experience off the bench, will be valuable against the Wallabies, who place a big emphasis on the scrums, much like we do.

“Marvin has also been in our system for a while. He has been working hard at training, and this will be another great opportunity for him.

“We identified the areas in which we need to be more effective this week, and we have been working hard at training to rectify the mistakes we made, so the key for us will be to be as competitive as possible in every contest during the match so that we can lay a good foundation to attack from and to use our point-scoring chances.”

Nienaber said the Springboks’ brilliant winger Cheslin Kolbe returned to running at training on Wednesday but was still short of team training.

“Cheslin is an experienced guy, and our team is experienced so we will take guidance,” Nienaber said. All we can do is hope he will be ready next week or the one after [against the All Blacks].


“We wouldn’t have kept him if we didn’t think he’d be ready in the next two weeks. But rehab is a funny thing. Projection will tell us he’s available in the next two weeks but it’s up to his recovery.”

Springboks team

Springbok team to face Australia at the Suncorp Stadium:

15 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 67 caps, 60 pts (12t)

14 – Sbu Nkosi (Cell C Sharks) – 13 caps, 40 pts (8t)

13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 20 caps, 20 pts (4t)

12 – Damian de Allende (Munster) – 52 caps, 30 pts (6t)

11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 19 caps, 80 pts (16t)


10 – Handré Pollard (vice-captain, Montpellier) – 54 caps, 532 pts (6t, 83c, 108p, 4d)

9 – Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks) – 33 caps, 25 pts (5t)

8 – Duane Vermeulen (Vodacom Bulls) – 55 caps, 15 pts (3t)

7 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 45 caps, 5pts (1t)

6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 57 caps, 30 pts (6t)

5 –Marvin Orie (DHL Stormers) – 6 caps, 0 pts

4 – Eben Etzebeth (Toulon) – 91 caps, 15 pts (3t)

3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 44 caps, 5 pts (1t)


2 – Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers) – 42 caps, 45 pts (9t)

1 – Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls) – 48 caps, 5pts (1t)


16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 40 caps, 45 pts (9t)

17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 53 caps, 5pts (1t)

18 – Vincent Koch (Saracens) – 25 caps, 0 pts

19 – Marco van Staden (Leicester Tigers) – 7 caps, 0 pts

20 – Kwagga Smith (Yamaha Júbilo) – 13 caps, 5 pts (1t)


21 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 6 caps, 0 pts

22 – Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers) – 15 caps, 25 pts (5t)

23 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 13 caps, 5pts (1t)