Serfontein, Strauss to start at Twickenham

Serfontein, Strauss to start at Twickenham

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Serfontein, Strauss to start at Twickenham

Jan Serfontein and Adriaan Strauss in starting team with Matfield

Vodacom Bulls players Jan Serfontein, Victor Matfield and Adriaan Strauss has been named in the starting team for the Springboks against England at Twickenham as the Springbok match-23 is retained from last weekend.
Handre Pollard, Francois Hougaard and Trevor Nyakane will play off the benchg in five changes to the team that are straight swaps between the starting line-up and the bench.


Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said: “We’ve accepted our performance against Ireland last weekend was not up to scratch and everyone in the touring squad has put up their hands and dug deep this week,” said Meyer. “We’ve really worked hard at fixing the mistakes we made and the challenge is now to put that into action on Saturday.”

Meyer said the changes were not a knee-jerk reaction following the result in Dublin, but rather in line with rotational changes that he had in mind before the start of the tour.

Strauss, Lambie and Pietersen all started in the Springboks’ last Test at Twickenham, two years ago, while Saturday’s match will be Reinach’s first in the starting team.

“Pat started at Twickenham for us two years ago and did very well,” said Meyer. “He’s playing well at the moment and I wanted to give him the opportunity to start. Pat is tactically very astute and even though he’s still pretty young, he’s got a lot of experience.

“Adriaan, Schalk and JP have all started a number of Tests this year and they will slot in easily – we decided beforehand that we wanted to start all of these players in one of the first two Tests on tour.

“It’s a big occasion for Cobus but he would not have been here if we didn’t believe he could deliver the goods, and he’ll be next to his provincial team-mate in Pat.

“As usual, we’re also expecting our replacements to raise the intensity when they’re sent on and Bismarck, who had a very good game in Dublin especially in the set-pieces, ‘Oupa’, Francois, Cornal and Handré will provide important cover off the bench.”

The Springbok team to face England in London is:

15 Willie le Roux 22 caps, 35 points
14 JP Pietersen 57 caps, 90 points
13 Jan Serfontein 17 caps, 5 points
12 Jean de Villiers (captain, 103 caps, 135 points
11 Bryan Habana 104 caps, 280 points
10 Pat Lambie 37 caps, 81 points
9 Cobus Reinach 3 caps, 0 points
8 Duane Vermeulen 26 caps, 10 points
7 Schalk Burger 74 caps, 65 points
6 Marcell Coetzee 23 caps, 30 points
5 Victor Matfield (vice-captain, 118 caps, 35 points
4 Eben Etzebeth 30 caps, 0 points
3 Jannie du Plessis 61 caps, 5 points
2 Adriaan Strauss 41 caps, 25 points
1 Tendai Mtawarira 62 caps, 10 points

Replacements:
16 Bismarck du Plessis 67 caps, 45 points
17 Trevor Nyakane 10 caps, 5 points
18 Coenie Oosthuizen 18 caps, 10 points
19 Bakkies Botha 84 caps, 35 points
20 Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje 4 caps, 0 points
21 Francois Hougaard 33 caps, 25 points
22 Handré Pollard 7 caps, 61 points
23 Cornal Hendricks 10 caps, 25 points

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Nov 12, 2014

(4) Serfontein, Strauss to start at Twickenham

  1. gravatar Honibal says:
    Geluk aan die Bulle in die begin span. Hoop die bokke doen die naweek goed.

    Dit is egter onrustellend dat so min Bulle in die begin 15tal of selfs 23tal is.

    Net Serfontein, Matfield, Hougaard en Pollard is Bulle. Die res is nuut gekoopte Bulle en kan dus nie as Bulle geklassifiseer word nie.

    Ek weet die Bulle is in 'n bou-proses, maar iewers moet iemand waak en seker maak die stene raak nie weg nie.....anders gaan hulle nog lank bou.
  2. gravatar nitronic says:
    Dink Jano moes vir Hougaard replace het. Hougaard is maar nou net n flash in the pan gewees met een jaar se goeie vertoning. Glad nie consistent nie.

    Iemand moet vir Eben bietjie kwaad maak.
  3. gravatar Passdiebal says:
    Ek stem glad nie saam met Jan op 13 en JdV op 12 nie. JdV is myle verby sy beste en kruip die hele tyd weg gedurende die wedstryd.
    Jan moet dan albei rolle vertolk en kan dit nie doen nie.
    Ek weet HM wag vir J Fourie - maar wat hy nou doen is nie n langtermyn oplossing nie.
    Dis tyd dat JdV uitree - en dat Jan op 12 speel - en n proper 13 gekies word.
    Voor RWC 2015!!!
    Die ander veranderinge is ten bate van die span.
    Go Bokke.
  4. Mastriet se verdediging is baie swak en Akona is te stadig. Dit is tyd om aan te beweeg. Ulengo, JJ, Travis Ismail en Duhan van der Merwe is beter opsies as Akona of Mastriet.Ek wonder op wie gaan die afrigters volgende jaar vashak! Eers was dit Louis Fouche en toe Ross. Hulle is ook in verhouding met Greyling wat niemand wil koop nie! Jaar na jaar poep Greyling en Kruger in die skrums, maar FL volhard met hulle. Daar is nie pille vir dom mense nie.

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