Monday , July 26 2021

& # 39; Action balancing & # 39; Rassie to limit change for Scotland



Cape Town – Springbok trainer Rassie Erasmus has spoken once again of the "balancing act" he faced in the selection of the team.

In an ideal world, Erasmus will create depth in every position as preparation for the 2019 World Cup to continue.

The results, though, will always be the most important barometer when it comes to the South African public and while Boks has made a move in 2018, Erasmus still offers a winning percentage only 50% after winning six and losing these six years.

Preparing for the World Cup is a priority, but Erasmus and Boks must win more than lose between now and then.

There will be two forced changes for Saturday's match against Scotland with No. 8 Warren Whiteley coming out with a calf injury and scrumhalf Faf de Klerk was released to his club, but listened to Erasmus speaking on Monday, sounds like there will be limited wholesale changes.

"When you lose a match, you have to take momentum again and I think that is the balancing act we face when we lose to England," Erasmus explained.

"We want to make changes when we win and not when we lose. That's why we got Faf (De Klerk) and more from experienced people."

Erasmus included six overseas-based players in his matchday squad for Saturday's 29-26 victory over France, and he explained on Monday the thoughts behind the decision.

"People who are in the European cycle like Faf, Francois Louw and Vincent Koch are as fresh as the people they play against where we (SA players) are at the end of our season," he said.

"That helped a lot last week in terms of getting back in the last few minutes.

"We want to really try and provide opportunities for men, but this is a balancing act about not losing momentum again."


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