Springboks coach Erasmus makes changes for Canada clash

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus again made sweeping changes to his side for their must win final pool B match against Canada in Kobe on Tuesday.
Bok coach Rassie Erasmus again made sweeping changes to his side for their must win final pool B match against Canada in Kobe on Tuesday.
Image: GULSHAN KHAN / AFP

The Springbok starting team assembled to play Canada on Tuesday are on notice.

Play poorly and you’ll struggle to get a game in the knock-outs’ at the Rugby World Cup.

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus again made sweeping changes to his side for their must win final pool B match against Canada in Kobe on Tuesday.

But he wants his charges to replicate if not improve the intensity that was displayed in the win over Italy last Friday.

Damian Willemse‚ who flew in last week to replace Jesse Kriel gets a start‚ while Warrick Gelant‚ who started at the back against Namibia‚ will be on the right wing.

“Damian probably would have made the RWC squad if he wasn’t injured. He is match fit and has played for Saracens. He is much more comfortable with our systems. Warrick has played wing before so we have the luxury of resting Makazole.

“His workload has been 80 minutes in and out. He has been playing really well he has cemented his place in the team now. He scores every game for us. That is what we expect of our wingers.”

Lukhanyo Am‚ who has had a heavy workload at this RWC gets a breather‚ which means Damian de Allende shifts up one position.

“With Jesse (Kriel) out we have to cover that position. Warrick played 13 early in his career and we might look at that later in the game‚” said Erasmus.

At scrumhalf Cobus Reinach gets his first start at the RWC and he’ll have Elton Jantjies for company.

In the pack Francois Louw is back in the No8 jersey‚ with Kwagga Smith starting at No7.

Regular captain Siya Kolisi completed 80 minutes last week and he gets another go from the start which should put him in good stead for the quarter finals.

“It was wonderful‚” said Erasmus about the 80 minutes Kolisi played last week.

“It was his best match since he came back from injury. He will roll on now.

“His form is back to where it was. To take him off now will start the process all over again.”

At hooker Schalk Brits also gets another go with Malcolm Marx‚ if needed ready to come off the bench. Erasmus is clear‚ he wants this team to emulate‚ if not better the output the Boks produced against Italy.

“The team’s make-up is a bit different. We expect the same intensity in the all four our remaining games. It doesn’t help we get a good score but we don’t improve all the areas we identified.

“One of the areas that will be vital as we go into the next phase of the competition is intensity. If this team doesn’t at least match or step up‚ they will struggle to stay in team selection.

Springbok Team: Damian Willemse; Warrick Gelant‚ Damian de Allende‚ Frans Steyn‚ S’bu Nkosi; Elton Jantjies‚ Cobus Reinach; Francois Louw‚ Kwagga Smith‚ Siya Kolisi (captain); Franco Mostert‚ RG Snyman; Vincent Koch‚ Schalk Brits‚ Thomas du Toit. Substitutes: Malcolm Marx‚ Steven Kitshoff‚ Frans Malherbe‚ Eben Etzebeth‚ Pieter-Steph du Toit; Herschel Jantjies‚ Handre Pollard‚ Willie le Roux.


SportsLIVE PODCAST SPECIAL: "Mark Alexander must step down" over Etzebeth - Claassen

For more episodes, click here.

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

X