Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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25 Sep 2013
6:00 am

Meyer’s balancing act

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is set to produce a surprise or two when he names the squad today for the return Test against the Wallabies at Newlands this weekend.

Fourie du Preez. Image courtesy Gallo Images.

With the Boks desperately needing a bonus-point victory to stay in touch with the All Blacks, Meyer said he would need a dry field this weekend, while a few injury niggles had derailed his planning process.

He has also kept those wishing he replaces Ruan Pienaar with Fourie du Preez, at scrumhalf guessing, which could mean Du Preez may continue in the impact role. “It is going to be a tight call,” said Meyer.

“Ruan has been playing better, while it’s great to have the calibre of a player like Fourie at your disposal. He has always been part of our plans.”

Then there are also the injury concerns over captain Jean de Villiers’ back, lock Flip van der Merwe’s hamstring, prop Gurthro Steenkamp’s shoulder and the leg trouble of centre JJ Engelbrecht.

But Meyer admitted it was Van der Merwe’s injury which concerned him most, indicating the remaining trio could be good to go. It could open the door for the prodigal talent of Pieter-Steph du Toit to come in on the bench and for Juandre Kruger to run the lineouts in the No 5 jersey.

Hooker Bismarck du Plessis may also continue to run on field with the side likely to start the Test, but it would hardly come as a surprise if Adriaan Strauss makes the starting line-up instead.

“There are one or two rotation policies I discussed with the players before the start of the competition,” Meyer said, indicating these could come into effect for the last two home Tests.