VERSATILE: Bok Johan Goosen

With the Pumas only selecting players based in Argentina, the Springboks will effectively face a Jaguares team when the Rugby Championship kicks off this Saturday (5.05pm).

They will tell you that once the players put on their national jumpers, they are a different beast.

But don’t be fooled, the Springboks should win the clash in Nelspruit quite comfortably.

That’s why coach Allister Coetzee should make use of this opportunity to try a few things. And here we look at some of his selection posers ahead of this weekend’s clash.


Fullback is the contentious issue at the moment. Jesse Kriel or Johan Goosen?

Coetzee’s best bet would be to play Kriel in the position where he made his name, with Goosen, who can cover a variety of positions, coming off the bench.

As for his wingers, Ruan Combrinck selects himself, while the sending home of Lwazi Mvovo cleared the path for Bryan Habana’s inclusion on the left.

We are aware that experience is crucial - especially in a young backline.

But playing the “Jaguares”, a new guy should have been given a kans.


FAF de Klerk and Elton Jantjies will be there. Next to Jantjies, Damian de Allende had better pull up his socks - literally and figuratively. Lionel Mapoe deserves another shot at outside centre, with Juan de Jongh - still not convinced by him - probably covering both positions off the bench.


With Duane Vermeulen out, Warren Whiteley will man the No.8 position.

On the side of the scrum is where it gets interesting, though.

Siya Kolisi is sidelined, opening up a big fight for the No.7 jumper.

And it’s here where Oupa Mohoje, Pieter-Steph du Toit and perhaps even Francois Louw will square off.

Mohoje will probably crack the nod in the end, with Du Toit making a strong case.

As for the blindside role, which will probably go to Louw, Coetzee could be a little more exciting and select Jaco Kriel in the No.6 jumper.


In the front row, the jury is still out on whether captain Adriaan Strauss is the best hooker in South Africa. Still, he will be there. Tendai Mtawarira will probably be propping him up on the loosehead side, and Julian Redelinghuys on the other side.

And despite their gerollery in Super Rugby match-ups, Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager deserve another shot in the middle of the engine room.