Gelant, Du Preez start, Am on bench

Warrick Gelant and Dan du Preez will both make their first start for the Springboks, while fellow rookie Lukhanyo Am will be eager to make his Test debut off the bench in Saturday’s clash against Wales in Cardiff.

Gelant made his first appearance off the wood during last week’s win against Italy, replacing Courtnall Skosan on the left wing. He’s been promoted in the only change to the starting backline for the Boks’ final match of 2017

In the four remaining changes to the run-on side, Steven Kitshoff takes over from veteran loosehead prop Tendai Mtawarira (groin), fit-again Malcolm Marx bumps hooker Bongi Mbonambi back to the bench, and Du Preez and Siya Kolisi fill the voids created by No 8 Duane Vermeulen (Toulon) and openside flanker Francois Louw (Bath) returning to their European clubs as this week falls outside the official November Test window.

Am will cover the midfielders and he and fellow Sharks mate, scrum Louis Schreuder, will be itching to get a first taste of Test action. Uz Cassiem, Oupa Mohoje and Ruan Dreyer round out the bench with Trevor Nyakane backing up Kitshoff.

“We expect another gruelling contest against a strong Welsh team… playing in front of a passionate crowd of more than 65,000,” said coach Allister Coetzee.

The Boks have won eight of their last 10 matches against the Dragons in Wales, though Coetzee’s first match in Cardiff, at the corresponding point of last season, resulted in the biggest defeat against Wales in team history.

SPRINGBOKS: 15 Andries, Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Warrick Gelant, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Bench: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Uz Cassiem, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Lukhanyo Am

WALES: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Hallam Amos, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Cory Hill, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Rob Evans
Bench: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18. Rhodri Jones, 19 Seb Davies, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Peter

    No reserve bench….all the bag carrying donkies will get a run in “Toeties” testimonial whitewash by Wales….better hope the starting 15 last 80…otherwise the Ireland hiding will look good

  • Johan

    I don’t know what to hope for, I am afraid if we win Toetie might be able to say: “Look, we only lost to NZ and Ireland all year, that is an improvement…”

    However, with amazing Pollard only making 4 passes in his Man of the Match performance against Italy, I doubt we stand a chance…

  • Thandi

    It is getting better. Finally seeing the deserved players getting a look in. However, it seems after everything he has said, AC has no faith in Paige, Bosch, Du Toit or Botha. 4 Guys I think should have been there.

    Having said that, I must admit that I like the idea of Pollard softening the opposition up and then Jantjies coming on with 20 minutes to unleash the backs. He needs to play naturally and flatter. Also coincide Jantjies with Am’s inclusion in place of Kriel. Then I think the backs will be sharper.

    Paige should have started with Schreuder adding his zip and size in the latter parts. I prefer to let the guys show what they can do before letting my personal dislike of a player get the better of me.

    The pack should have had PS Du Toit at lock, with Ruan Botha on the bench, and Ruan Dreyer in the stands. Give Thomas Du Toit a cap off the bench to see what he can do. Let 2017 be the year we bloody loads of youngsters. Despite my personal dislike for Oupa, give him a start and pull him early in the 2nd, Botha to lock, Du Toit to flank.

    I just hope that Gelant has a great game and Am injects a bit more into that 13 jersey than Krabby Kriel.

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