Lambie to start for Boks’ clash

2012-06-12 00:00

PAT Lambie is certain to return to the Springbok starting line-up for Saturday’s second Test against England at Ellis Park.

An injury to Zane Kirchner, who started at fullback ahead of Lambie in the first Test in Durban on Saturday evening, has now all but confirmed his selection.

Meyer, not wanting to “tinker” with a settling team, suggested he would again defy form and talent by retaining Kirchner for Ellis Park, but injury has opened the door to Lambie.

“In this team your place is not guaranteed and we will again look at England’s strong points and weaknesses before making our selection,” Meyer said last night.

“I think Patrick [Lambie] did well when he came on at fullback in Durban and chances are good that he will start from that position on Saturday. We want to keep continuity and we want to get to the point where we establish some momentum and rhythm.”

Springboks Gio Aplon (Stormers) and Dean Greyling (Bulls) have been called up to the national squad following injuries to Kirchner and prop Coenie Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen experienced some stiffness to his shoulder and neck yesterday morning and he will undergo a scan today before a decision on his fitness is made.

The inclusion of the exciting Gio Aplon on the bench will also be widely welcomed as he would add a creative spark to the Springbok backline in the final quarter.

Centre Frans Steyn and tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis did not train with the Boks yesterday, but team doctor Craig Roberts said their injuries were not serious and they would be ready for Saturday.

A more relaxed Meyer told a media gathering yesterday that he was looking for greater consistency from the Boks.

• England will rest their first-choice players for the clash against the South African Southern Barbarians in Kimberley tomorrow.

England – 15 Alex Goode, 14 David Strettle, 13 Anthony Allen, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Danny Care, 6 James Haskell, 7 Carl Fearns, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 5 George Robson (c), 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Paul Doran Jones, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Matt Mullan.

Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Rupert Harden, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Jamie Gibson, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 George Lowe, 22 Nick Abendanon.

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