Pat Lambie will start at flyhalf for the Springboks while Morne Steyn will revert to fullback against the All Blacks on Saturday.
Lambie and Steyn were named at fullback and flyhalf respectively at the team announcement on Thursday, but head coach Peter de Villiers has decided to the switch for the Tri-Nations clash in Wellington.
This is an unexpected move considering that De Villiers said on Thursday that this could be Steyn’s last chance to fight for a starting flyhalf berth at the World Cup. De Villiers stated: ‘Some tough decisions will have to be made before the World Cup and for him [Steyn], as for any of the players on the park on Saturday, it might be a last chance or the chance or the only chance, so we hope he can rediscover the form that made him so invincible in 2009.’
Steyn has also only played two matches at fullback (for the Bulls back in 2008) and now he will be expected to perform there at Test level against the All Blacks.
However, the Bulls pivot did have a disappointing outing in the 39-20 defeat against the Wallabies in Sydney. The Boks failed to make an impression with ball in hand and a speedy backline failed to fire. The Boks’ attack looked better when Lambie was brought on in the second half.
Springboks (revised) – 15 Morné Steyn, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Adi Jacobs, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Danie Rossouw, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Dean Greyling
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Ryan Kankowski, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Wynand Olivier, 22 Odwa Ndungane