Allister Coetzee’s decision to call up Morne Steyn to his bench for Saturday’s Rugby Championship encounter against Argentina is an indication that he expects a close tussle.
The Springboks were made to work hard for last weekend’s 30-23 win over the Pumas and while Coetzee has been encouraged by critics and fans alike to get the Boks to play a more expansive game, it hasn’t come to fruition just yet.
In steps Steyn, who is arguably the poster boy for a conservative approach to the game.
Elton Jantjies has not yet set the world alight with his performance in the Green and Gold and will be under pressure to perform in Salta.
While he is more of an attacking player than Steyn, the former Bulls star does have the ability to win the territorial battle and therefore pin the Pumas back in their own half.
It might work a treat for the Boks, but what sort of backlash will Coetzee get if he reverts back to the tried and tested?
Jantjies will surely be watched closely this weekend and if he wants to make the Springbok No.10 jumper his own, this is the time to do so.
Of selecting Steyn, Coetzee says: “We expect them to try and put us under pressure with their tactical kicking.
Coetzee opted for continuity in his team selection, with only the one forced change – that of Vincent Koch coming in for the injured Julian Redelinguys, while Lourens Adriaanse also comes in on the bench.
Stormers midfielder Juan de Jongh is the one missing out on selection altogether after playing off the bench in the first Test in Nelspruit.
The Bulls’ Jesse Kriel will cover both fullback and the midfield.