Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will make wholesale changes to his squad for Saturday’s crunch Test against Wales at the Principality Stadium.
The Bok coach, who was expected to ring the changes for last weekend’s horrific defeat to Italy in Florence, explains that he opted for continuity in that clash.
And while it backfired big time, with the Boks going down to the Italians for the first time ever, Coetzee says: “The philosophy behind my selection for the Italy game was that I wanted to get some continuity going from the England match and then hopefully that would help us really be ready for the Wales game.
“But we did not get the result we wanted so I have to rethink that.
“I have to give opportunities now to other players. There are other young players who have worked really hard in training on this tour but haven’t played as yet.
“They deserve a chance and I am going to try and get them that opportunity against Wales.
“I want to use that match to look at the future, so we know where we are next year.
“We want to finish on a high. It has been a disappointing year for us and the defeat against Italy was a real low, but all we can do now is try and resurrect some pride by playing really well against Wales so at least we can end the year on a positive note.”
The changes to the side might see Coetzee going with a backline filled with Lions stars.
Faf de Klerk will in all likelihood start at scrumhalf, with Elton Jantjies, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Jamba Ulengo, Sergeal Petersen and Willie le Roux making up the rest of the backline.
One of the big calls up front will be whether to drop captain Adriaan Strauss, with Bongi Mbonambi or Malcolm Marx possibly getting a start.
If Mbonambi cracks the nod, that will open the door for Coetzee to pick Steven Kitshoff at loosehead.
Uzair Cassiem might also get his first cap as Coetzee looks to select a team that might blunt the sharpened knives.