Worries at No.8



June 20, 2016
Worries at No.8

INJURED: Duane Vermeulen

THE Springboks face a possible dilemma at the back of the scrum for the third Test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth this week.

This after both Duane Vermeulen (bicep) and Warren Whiteley (shoulder) suffered injuries in the 32-26 win over the Irish on Saturday.

Stormers rookie Sikhumbuzo Notshe is the only other player in the current squad who is used to playing at No.8.

And this might cause Coetzee to rope in SA “A” stars Arno Botha or Nizaam Carr.


Meanwhile, the coach couldn’t be happier to celebrate his first win in charge of the national team after a horrendous first half display saw them enter the tunnel on the wrong side of a 19-3 scoreline.

He says: “We are very satisfied with the win and the way we came back and won it.

“Rugby ebbs and flows, but that first half was not good, although we were tactically better than last week.

“We also looked after the ball, especially in the wide channels. That second half just showed massive character and that was very pleasing.”

The coach also praises his bench after making a telling impact on the game.

He says: “We have been together for 20 days, the comeback showed how much we can achieve and the potential is there.

“One of our core values is resilience and that showed.

“We were in a hole and had to get out.

“We will become a good team, I know that, tonight was a building block. Don’t write us off yet.

“The impact from the bench was massive.

“They turned it around for us. This team is not about 15 players, but rather all 23.”

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