Rugby Championship 2012: South Africa team to play Argentina

SA Rugby Badge Heyneke Meyer has named his Springbok team to face Argentina in their opening match in The Rugby Championship in Cape Town.

Francois Steyn is in line to win his 50th Springbok cap at inside centre, whilst Lwazi Mvovo comes in for the injured JP Pietersen and Zane Kirchner replaces Gio Aplon.

In the pack, Keegan Daniel gets his first start for the Boks and Willem Alberts returns to the flank to allow the two Western Province locks to continue the good work from their Super Rugby campaign.

Two of the Boks replacements, if they take the field, will win their first caps: prop Pat Cilliers and back JJ Engelbrecht.

South Africa:
15. Zane Kirchner
14. Lwazi Mvovo
13. Jean de Villiers
12. Frans Steyn
11. Bryan Habana
10. Morné Steyn
9. Francois Hougaard
8. Keegan Daniel
7. Willem Alberts
6. Marcell Coetzee
5. Andries Bekker
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Jannie du Plessis
2. Bismarck du Plessis
1. Tendai Mtawarira

Adriaan Strauss, Pat Cilliers, Flip van der Merwe, Jacques Potgieter, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, JJ Engelbrecht.

7 thoughts on “Rugby Championship 2012: South Africa team to play Argentina

  1. Unfortunately not. He’s fractured a joint in his finger, so in all probability he’s out for the tournament. Real shame, but then again, the Boks are blessed in that department.

  2. Morne Steyn??? What a joke! And then Lambie on the Bench. Don’t know if he saw the super final how Lambie played. And Frans Steyn hasn’t been playing full games and against England he never did wonders. Enough said. can go on and on and on…

  3. Not a bad team at all as Heyneke Meyer has tried to keep combinations and I reckon probably will want to build some consistancy through the tournament.

    However, I do have a serious concern -> Kirchner – why is he even in the squad? If you had to compare him with Aplon… – Aplon is simply 100 times better and offers so much more to his team mates. At 15, Lambie, Pieterson, Luddick (any of them) and a number of 1st division players have to be better than Mr Kirchner. Nothing against him personally but when the ball goes in his direction, no. 1 Our nerves go through the roof waiting for him to either trip or balls it up and 2. 99% of the time, he will just kick it back to the opposition and hand over possession. This negative style he offers doesn’t help the Boks progress at all!

    I am also glad that Keagan Daniel is getting a run. Spies is weak at the moment and only offers attacking options close to the line. His skill levels are desperate when compared with Daniel’s and personally I think the truth was told a number of years ago when both individuals played in the U21 World Cup together and Daniel’s was voted the best player of the Tournament. Size has been something that has counted against him (which is sad for him) but his brains, skills, attacking and defensive attributes should add some serious value to a strong Bok scrum.

    I think the Boks are being underated this year by their fellow competitors and that is a good thing. It’s nice to be the Underdog! Go Bokke!!!

  4. Morne Steyn is capable of the sublime as well as the ridiculous. The sublime we all know about, don’t forget how he bossed the play in the first two tests against England. I know his most recent form has been shoddy at best, but he is a quality fly-half and the old cliche: form is temporary, class is permanent comes to mind.
    Pat Lambie is also young and the pressure he would be under as the starting 10 would be immense.
    Frans Steyn is a stalwart of Springbok rugby and his form, even though he’s played only a short amount of games was good for both Racing Metro and the Sharks.

  5. Strange to see Morne in, maybe a bit of nostalagia setting in. Big News here is Spies and the only overseas player selected. RaboDirect Pro 12’s Ruan Pienaar. A great competetion awaits!

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