Handre Pollard and Damian Willemse have not kicked themselves out of the Springbok squad in last weekend’s 28-26 defeat to Australia.
Between them, South Africa’s goal-kickers cost the team 10 points in Sunday’s match.
Pollard was responsible for missing three attempts at goal and Willemse failed with a conversion that would have put the Boks three points up instead of one – before Quade Cooper’s match-winning kick – at the end of the match.
With Elton Jantjies and Morne Steyn in the squad, assistant coach Deon Davids was asked if they will be looking at new place-kickers when they name their side for Saturday’s rematch today.
Davids answers: “Handre Pollard is a professional rugby player, he is a quality individual on and off the field and is the first guy to say he wasn’t on song.
“He is a guy that takes pride in the way he does things, and we’re confident that he will work hard on that and improve in that specific area...”
He adds: “Damian Willemse is a talented player and we have to look further than just this match…”
While it’s good news for the two goal-kickers, the world champions have lost lock Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg for the rest of the Rugby Championship.
With Saturday’s rematch against the Wallabies and two huge fixtures against fierce rivals the All Blacks still to play, SA Rugby yesterday released a statement saying: “Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg will miss the remainder of the Rugby Championship after being forced to withdraw from the squad due to personal reasons.”