Fans praise Meyer's selections

Duane Vermeulen (Gallo Images)
Duane Vermeulen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Most Sport24 readers have given Heyneke Meyer's Springbok team the thumbs up for the Rugby Championship opener against Argentina.

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The Springbok side for Saturday’s match at the FNB Stadium in Soweto shows four changes from the team which beat Samoa in June, with two of the changes in the starting XV.

Duane Vermeulen is back in action after an injury lay-off and takes over from the injured Pierre Spies at No 8.

At lock, Juandré Kruger and Flip van der Merwe swap places in a horses-for-courses selection.

Fourie du Preez and Gurthro Steenkamp, who both start on the bench, were called in from overseas to bolster the team for the tournament.

Teams:

South Africa:


15. Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

Argentina

15. Juan Martin Hernandez, 14. Gonzalo Camacho, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11. Juan Imhoff, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Martin Landajo, 8. Leonardo Senatore, 7. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Patricio Albacete, 4. Manuel Carizza, 3. Matias Diaz, 2. Eusebio Guinazu, 1. Juan Figallo

Substitutes: 16. Agustin Creevy, 17. Nahuel Lobo, 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19. Mariano Galarza, 20. Julio Farias Cabello, 21. Tomas Cubelli, 22. Santiago Fernandez, 23. Horacio Agulla

This is what Sport24 readers had to say about Heyneke Meyer's team:

"Good team with a strong bench.. lets put it together now boys..go Bokke go!!!" - Lionel Kritzinger

"Awesome team! It's gonna be a cracker!!"
- Steve Van Rooyen

"Decent team. I'd maybe have picked on or two differently, but that matters little. Time to get behind the team and support them all the way."
- Riaan Ferreira

"Good side! Looking forward to this one!" - Luke Baker

"What a great team . Should be a breeze." - Tyronne Jardim

"Too strong for the Pumas! Beast and the other forwards will savage the Pumas pack!" - Mwengwe Mutwale II

"Very good team they must run the backs and kill their forwards!" - Terence Franks

"Cracking side! We should rule them."
- Glen Dick

"Great team and reserves! Excited to see them in action."
- Justin Armstrong

"Heyneke Meyer could not have picked a better team." - Rudie Strydom


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