Gerhard Mostert will join the Springboks in Sydney to cover for a succession of injuries to lock forwards.
Mostert flies to Boks’ aid – Johann Muller will fly back to South Africa on Sunday after failing to recover from a hamstring injury. It’s now been confirmed that Flip van der Merwe suffered a rib cartilage injury in the 39-20 defeat to Australia and is in doubt for the next game against New Zealand. Alistair Hargreaves also picked up an abdominal strain.
Because Mostert hasn’t yet played for the Boks, coach Peter de Villiers may decide to bring him onto the bench and move Danie Rossouw, who played lock for the Boks last year, to No 4.
Chiliboy: Boks lacked fire – Hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle admitted that the Springboks lacked belief and intensity in their recent performance against Australia.
Ralepelle said that the Boks would need to lift their game for next week’s meeting with the All Blacks.
‘It doesn’t get any easier but the important thing for us is to re-group and instil that self-belief again. We need to get the Springbok pride going and make sure that we get up in the All Black’s faces,’ Ralepelle said.
‘Going up against the All Blacks next week we need to make sure that we fire even more up front because I felt we didn’t have that Springbok fire that we usually have when we played Australia.’
The Boks finished strongly but Ralepelle said their consistency was a problem.
‘One can never be proud because, at the end of the day, we didn’t pull off a win. We allowed them to play and we just made too many mistakes which is something that you can’t do as this level but it shows what a quality side Australia are.’