The Springboks will be looking to impress in their opening match of this year’s Rugby Championship when they take on Argentina at Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga Province on Saturday following their unconvincing display against Ireland during the three-match test series in June.
However, the Boks’ hopes of a good start have been dealt a blow with Duane Vermeulen ruled out for the better part of the Championship because of a knee injury. The injury to the South African number eight leaves Coach Allister Coetzee’s squad short of experience.
Only four players in the 31-man squad — captain Adriaan Strauss, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn and Tendai Mtawarira — have more than 50 Tests caps.
Coetzee said Monday: “Hopefully, we will get Duane for the last two games of the championship. But for now we are covered in that department.”
Following a nail-biting series win over Ireland, Coetzee expects another tough Test match against Argentina in Mbombela.
“We will have to back our system, because it is a side that is really good at, they have got a couple of running forwards. Not just running forwards but also forwards who want to move the ball into different channels,” he added.
“So if we are not well organized in our system and believe in our system obviously they will ask questions.”
It is week two of the team’s preparations ahead of the start of the Championship and Coetzee has expressed satisfaction with the team’s progress.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK