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Loftus Boxing: Jesse, others heading for "First XV"

Cape Town – Springbok head coach Rasi Erasmus is widely known to protect virtually all of his initial competitors from Saturday's Test against Argentina in Pretoria.

That seemed likely for a while, and the move became even more apparent when his largely boxing premier won excellent results – a draw at Wellington, a beautiful win at Salta – at the business end of the Rugby Championship to win the title and completed a 10-year drought.

Erasmus, using the Loftus clash as an opportunity to rest the heart of his latest globes and give a chance to many of his immediate backup staff this weekend, is fully justified; the exercise still significantly supports his planning for RWC 2019 from a team perspective.

It is not necessarily too late for some of the starters on Saturday to force him to change his mind about first-choice status in designated beds.

Here's a selection of four such players (though we admit that there may be one or two more, including the bench), who insist particularly strongly on A-Team recognition and are likely to improve it with prominent Pumas testimony:

Jesse Creel

You have to feel a little bit about the often starved Luhanjo Am ball out of center, because in the beginning Boxing played pretty conservatively against the Pumas in Salta … and then, when things finally opened up pretty much in the last quarter, he would be replaced by Creel in an hour! So No. 13, which deals with hand and foot skills, is often made to look more employer-friendly than the real cutter lately. But it also keeps the door open for the battered, much more experienced (43-cap) Creel to re-enter the port. He is also extremely accustomed to partnering with No. 12 first choice Damian de Allende in the Bock midfield, and this gallop in the extremely well-known Loftus should please him to influence a change of heart from the confidence of the brains of Sideways. ..

S & # 39; bu Nkosi

The sharply shattered shark wing, also increasingly stubborn in air racing, gets its first start at No. 14 after the 35-17 year-old Wallabies ejection in Johannesburg a few weeks ago. Since then, however, the small, big-hearted dynasty Cheslin Kolbe has two close-ups on the right wing, so that he can for some time enter the first-choice status on the vessel. But the boxes may not be so far to the left, where Macazole Malimpi (now among the rest of the Boxers) looks lively as a striker, but some doubts remain in his defensive positioning and awareness. Nkosi is more familiar with the other side of the park, but the power plant, which shows up on Saturday, offers an outside chance that Erasmus might consider placing both Nkosi and Kolbe in the same XV, even if it means changing parties for one. That said, former Boc Jean de Villiers captain reminded the SuperSport studio recently that the defense needs of each wing are different, so you should not be too hard to swap players between the two T-shirts. Then Nkosi may need to really go to Loftus to change his way of thinking.

This collision

There was some inevitable noise about the fact that Colossi Bock was coming back from an injury (his first trial appearance of the year) not accompanied by a captain's bridle against Argentina. But that may be motivated by the fact that he is not yet expected to spend much more than 40 minutes this weekend and is allowed to focus entirely on his own performance. However, the heat is on the talented open sider, who will prove that time is running out, that he is close enough to optimal form and will indeed be "medically ready" to lead the troops in the key exit (against NZ) of the World Cup. To do this, he will need to take the Quagmah Smith jump, the No. 6 lane in each of the last two tests, and probably someone like Francois Lou's disgust (extremely strong over the ball for late) on duty in the big Yokohama Crisis on September 21 – now very little more than a month. But maybe some people also have brief memories of what Colossi is capable of at his most majestic …

Lood de Jager

Several times in recent weeks, I have heard Bork's second-row icons such as Victor Matfield and Kobus Vis, suggesting that the Acebat-De Jagger remains the most powerful combo for the biggest occasions, amidst an impressive wider cabinet of locks. Since then, however, this incredible bastion of highly grafted consistency, Franco Mostert, has played two impressive pipe tests at No. 5, while lacquered athlete De Jagger continues to strive to sharpen after a lasting injury. So this is a "game of" for this T-shirt in the big RWC clashes. Remember that De Jagger gained some popularity among the neutrals at the last World Cup in 2015 for his appearances when required there, and retains an overall X-factor advantage over Mostert. But the former Lions' favorite will also not easily pass on his current A-team privileges, which means De Jagger can handle the all-out assault on Pretoria.


South Africa

15 Warrick Gellant, 14 S Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 British from Schalk (Captain), 1 Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Faf de Klerk, 23 Frans Steyn


15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Sebastian Scalier, 13 Geronimo de la Fuente, 12 Lucas Mensa, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonila, 9 Felipe Escura, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (Captain), 5 Tomaszani , 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas

Substitutes: 16 Agustin Curves, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparo, 18 Juan Figalo, 19 Matthias Alemano, 20 Tomasz Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertanu, 22 Benjamin Urdapiletta, 23 Santiago Carreras

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