Meyer sticks with same forward pack for second Test

2012-06-13 13:14

As expected, Heyneke Meyer has made only one change to the starting 15 which beat England 22-17 in Durban in the first Test last week.
Sharks’ youngster Patrick Lambie will start in the place of the injured Zane Kirchner.

Meyer has decided to keep faith with the same forward pack which toiled manfully in the face of the ferocious physical onslaught presented by the England pack.

With Lambie starting, Bjorn Basson takes Lambie’s place on the bench while Bulls prop Werner Kruger replaces Cheetahs rookie Coenie Oosthuizen, who is set to miss the rest of the series and part of the Super Rugby tournament on its resumption because of a bulging disc in his neck. Kirchner suffered a knee injury.

The Ellis Park test will be the first one at the ground since the third British and Irish Lions match in 2009, which the tourists won 28-9 to avoid a series whitewash.

If the Springboks win the match, it will render the third Test in Port Elizabeth next weekend a dead rubber.

The Boks will also look to seal their ninth consecutive win over England, with their last loss (23-21) against the Red Roses at Twickenham in 2006.


South Africa: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Wynand Olivier, 22 Bjorn Basson

England: TBA

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