Bok prop fireworks

The battle between props Deon Carstens and Cobus Visagie promises to produce fireworks on Saturday.

Carstens, back in the green and gold for the first time since his only two Tests in 2002, will be going all out to impress Springok coach Jake White with a commanding performance against the World XV on Saturday.

However, his task is made that much more difficult by the fact that the man directly opposed to him in the scrum, Visagie, is another with lofty Bok ambitions. Visagie has played 29 Tests for South Africa, the last against Argentina in 2003.

Neither man is expected to give an inch. Carstens told Die Volksblad’s, Hendrick Cronje: “I’m really looking forward to this tussle. If you want to wear the Bok jersey, you’ve got to be able to stand firm against someone like Cobus. There’re few tightheads in the world with the same class as Cobus.”

Carstens chance has come after injuries to first-choice looseheads, Os du Randt and Gurthro Steenkamp and he believes a good display against Visagie would go a long way to helping him realise his World Cup dream.

“There will always be competition for inclusion in the Bok squad, but I try not to think of it. I’m going to do my best and hopefully show that I can do what’s expected of me. It’s going to be a tough encounter, but I believe it will be a good experience,” he told the newspaper.

“It will be the first time that I’ve scrummed against Cobus, because I only started playing loosehead this year. I played tighthead (when Visagie was the opposing No 3). With Cobus in the engine room, you know your opponents will have a good scrum.”

“I’ve spoken to Os about Cobus, because he’s often scrummed against him and we’ve come up with a few plans that will hopefully work,” he added.