Boks look for speed injection

Sharks flyers JP Pietersen and Brent Russell will join the Springbok camp this evening as cover for the injured Bryan Habana.

The Bok management are still awaiting official medical opinion on Habana, who was sent home following the narrow win over the All Blacks in Phokeng.

The try-scorer took a knock to the head and was complaining of dizziness. “We should hear about Bryan this evening or tomorrow,” assistant coach Allister Coetzee told “And obviously with an injury to the head the doc will not take any chances.”

“The reason we have called on both Brent and JP is that they offer us slightly different options. One is big, while the other is nippy. Also they are both capable of playing in several positions for us and they have been involved before and know what is required to beat the Aussies,” he said.

Apart from Habana, the Boks are fighting fit and are desperate to make it two wins back-to-back. “We really want to build on what we achieved against the All Blacks, but it is also an opportunity to experiment.”

“We will not make any changes just for the sake of it though. It will be entirely tactical and with the ultimate aim of benefiting the team on the day.”

Russell played arguably his best Test against the Wallabies in Cape Town in 2003, coming on as a third minute replacement and inspiring the Boks to a thrilling win. Pietersen is one of the form players in the country and if given the chance would probably revel in playing against a team like the Wallabies.

The Boks had the day off today and will resume training tomorrow.

By Andrew Hollely