Bok pair head home

JP Pietersen and Andries Bekker will play no part in the remainder of the Boks’ Tri-Nations campaign.

The duo did not join the rest of the squad in flying to Brisbane, instead coming back to South Africa as no replacements have been called up. Bekker injured his shoulder in the latter stages of Saturday’s 32-25 victory in Perth, but had to stay on the pitch as the visitors had used all their other substitutes.

‘We will look to within the squad for cover,’ said coach Peter de Villiers. ‘I am not big on bulky squads and we have more than enough talent to cover for these injuries.’

Danie Rossouw, who sat out the Test due to a slight hamstring strain but could have played if necessary, is Bekker’s likely replacement on the bench.

Pietersen also tweaked his hamstring in the act of kicking during an impressive Bok counter-attack, and filling his void is more complicated for coach Peter de Villiers. Odwa Ndungane is the specialist wing cover in the squad, while Adi Jacobs replaced Pietersen during the closing stages of the encounter at Subiaco.

Frans Steyn is the best option as he has also covered wing before, and his prowess in the air and his massive boot will suit the Boks’ game-plan.