Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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19 Jun 2014
9:00 am

Olivier returns for Springboks

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has bolstered his midfield for this weekend's second Test against Wales at the Mbombela Stadium.

Wynand Olivier of South Africa during the Incoming Tour match between South Africa and Wales at Growthpoint Kings Park on June 14, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Meyer admitted yesterday at the Bok hotel he was slightly concerned about centre Jan Serfontein’s shoulder and fullback Willie le Roux’s thigh niggle.

“I was really concerned about Jan,” he said. “He hurt his shoulder when he almost scored last weekend, and we were really worried about the backup in the 10/12 channel, that’s why we brought Wynand Olivier on to the bench.

“I was also worried about Willie, but according to the medical team he will hopefully be fine,” said Meyer.

With captain Victor Matfield set to feature in a record-breaking 112th Test, Meyer said people underestimate how tough last weekend was.

Meyer said it was the most tired he has seen the team since last year November.

“The ball was in play 39 minutes, the most since I’ve been involved, we made 130 tackles and Wales 200,” he said.

Meyer made two changes to his starting line-up with Flip van der Merwe replacing Bakkies Botha at lock and prop Beast Mtawarira returning at loosehead for Gurthro Steenkamp.

On the bench, centre Olivier returns in the place of Johan Goosen who picked up a knee injury.

“Flip was always going to play this week and I wasn’t going to take chances with Bakkies after his injury, while Lood de Jager made the most tackles with 15 in 40 minutes last week,” he said.

Wing Bryan Habana hasn’t been with the team this week and will only join them tomorrow after being with his wife and the birth of his son.