Springbok playmaker Jean de Villiers has been ruled out of the second Test against Scotland with a rib injury.
The inside centre left the field in the second half of the Boks’ 36-16 win in Durban after taking a heavy knock, and will undergo tests to determine the seriousness of the injury. Wynand Olivier is now in line to start his first Test, after making his debut as a replacement for De Villiers.
“Jean will not be available for next week,” said coach Jake White at the post-match press conference. “We will have to wait until he has undergone a scan to see what happens after that, for the game against France and then into the Tri-Nations. It was definitely a rib injury.”
White fired a warning at the Scots when he said his side had plenty of room for improvement.
“We were a bit critical of ourselves afterwards. We know we can play a whole lot better. Our finishing was not up to scratch and we made mistakes. Otherwise it was a good win. We had a lot of pressure on us this week, and we came through well. There have been a lot of positive things in the last two weeks, and I must compliment the players for the way they have handled the pressure.”
When questioned on the performance of Andre Snyman, who dropped three passes in the first half, White said that he didn’t want to single out individual performances. “We will have a look at the video and then make our selections for the next Test based on what comes out of that,” he added.
“The fact we won like we did today could make it possible to try some new things next week. For a start Bakkies Botha, Albert van den Berg, Bryan Habana, CJ van der Linde and Jacques Cronje will all be rejoining the team so we have various things we can try and possibilities we can explore.”
White also praised the massive effort of the forward pack that destroyed their Scottish counterparts.
“Our forwards must be complimented for the way they performed. Gert Smal and Balie Swart have worked very hard on getting it right, and it is paying dividends. We sapped the energy of the Scotland forwards and were very impressive on the drive.”