Oupa Mohoje hit his critics for one moerse seven, if it was indoor cricket, against Argentina last weekend.
With Siya Kolisi out injured, many doubted whether Mohoje was the answer to fill the blindside role ahead of the Rugby Championship opener at the Mbombela Stadium last weekend.
Still, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee stuck to his guns and played the flanker-cum-lock and was repaid by Mohoje, who put in a duidelike performance to warrant his place in the team.
Of his performance, the Bok boss says: “I’ve never felt there was a problem for us at blindside flank.
“I didn’t pick Oupa because Siya was injured but because I believe he can effectively play that role at number seven.
“He’s an out-and-out line-out specialist‚ he has a high work rate‚ and he’s also got good pace‚ and that’s what we want from our loosies.
“He showed why he was in winning sides against Australia and New Zealand in 2014‚ and there’s really no doubt he’s a quality player.
“He has had injury problems in the past‚ but we’ve seen what value he can add at blindside flank.”
Mohoje adds that the stint he had in the SA A side against England Saxons when the Springboks were playing their series against Ireland helped him a lot.
Mohoje says: “For me‚ playing in the SA A side certainly gave me some confidence‚ and so when this opportunity to play for the Boks came around‚ I just knew that I needed to do whatever I could to make the most of it.
“It’s great to be part of this environment again‚ and you saw in this game how we are really playing for each other.
“When the chips were down‚ we displayed real resilience.”