Springboks

De Jongh’s small problem

RYAN VREDE, in Edinburgh, writes because of his size Juan de Jongh has to be exceptional to force Heyneke Meyer to consider him as a real solution to his outside centre problem.

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De Jongh, Steenkamp to front Scots

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has picked Juan de Jongh at centre and Gurthrö Steenkamp at prop for Saturday’s Test against Scotland.

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Bok babes a boon

RYAN VREDE, in Edinburgh, reports Heyneke Meyer says the injury turmoil the team has had to endure this year has had positive spin-offs for their rookies that are starting to show now.

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Murray, Denton in for Scots

Scotland have made two changes from their starting side that lost to New Zealand and a further four alterations to their bench for Saturday’s against South Africa at Murrayfield.

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Wales drop Warburton

Wales skipper Sam Warburton has been dropped to the bench for Friday’s Test against Samoa.

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Boks striving hard for cutting edge

RYAN VREDE, in Edinburgh, reports Springbok forwards coach and technical analyst Johann van Graan says the evolution of their attacking game will take time and is dependent on a range of factors.

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Northern lights boost Boks

Scrum coach Pieter de Villiers says there have been significant benefits from the inclusion of Europe-based players in the Springbok squad.

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De Jongh set for Murrayfield start

RYAN VREDE, in Edinburgh, reports Juan de Jongh is likely to run on against Scotland, while Pat Lambie is expected to be retained at flyhalf.

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Meyer laments lame attack

Heyneke Meyer described the Springboks’ conversion rate in the opposition’s 22m as ‘unacceptable’ and has demanded greater patience from his team in that zone.

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