Wynand Olivier is sure to start his first Test against Scotland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
After coming on as a second half replacement for the injured Jean de Villiers in Durban, the young Bulls man impressed with some crunching tackles. He also looked good with ball in hand.
Although Wayne Julies (8 Test caps) has been recalled as cover for De Villiers, he is only likely to get a spot on the bench.
Backline coach Allister Coetzee said he was certain Olivier would get the nod. “Wynand has impressed all of us immensely. He has come in and understood our structures from the start. He will definitely get his chance on Saturday,” confirmed Coetzee.
As cover for both No’s 12 and 13, Olivier is regarded as essential to Bok chances this season. It is thus important he learns what it is like to play a Test from start to finish, should one of the incumbents break down between now and the World Cup.
Julies joined the squad after getting the SOS on Sunday. The squad was given the day off on Monday and will resume with dual training sessions on Tuesday.
By Andrew Hollely