Old hands back for the Irish

Old hands back for the Irish

Rassie has backed a number of the Boks (including Handre Pollard) who won the World Cup last year. He has gone with a 6-2 bench with the versatile Grant Williams and Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu covering all the back line positions between them.

There could be a case made for Thomas du Toit on the bench, but Gerhard Steenekamp has been very good for the Bulls this season. At least most of the players had some game time against Wales / Warriors two weeks ago.

One can already see the difference that Tony Brown is making on attack, but the Boks were guilty against the depleted Wales of losing momentum through penalties and handling errors after a good start. The Irish will not be as generous – so the players will need to be far more accurate than two weeks ago.

The Boks do not have a great record against top tier nations under referee Luke Pierce (won against Argentina but lost to NZ (twice), Australia and Wales). Hopefully he will have more of a clue at the scrums than Chris Busby two weeks ago.

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 RG Snyman, 21 Marco van Staden, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu

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