BORING BUT EFFECTIVE: Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is playing to the team’s strengths. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
BORING BUT EFFECTIVE: Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is playing to the team’s strengths. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

SPRINGBOK coach Heyneke Meyer on Wednesday proved his faith in the same starting team that delivered the goods against Scotland last weekend to guide the team to victory against England in their final Test on the year-end tour at Twickenham on Saturday.

Fortunately for the coach, experienced wing JP Pietersen and prop CJ van der Linde were cleared to play despite concern this week that they might not recover in time from groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

Their vast experience at international level and their familiarity with the northern hemisphere conditions following several years of touring overseas will be invaluable against an English outfit that is desperate to bounce back from a defeat against Australia last weekend.

The only change to Meyer’s squad was on the bench, where talented young flyhalf Elton Jantjies was selected at the expense of Morne Steyn.

A victory for the Springboks this weekend would mark their third victory on tour in as many matches, and it also would restore faith in the team following a disappointing Rugby Championship campaign earlier this year.

Springbok squad:

Zane Kirchner; JP Pietersen, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (captain), Francois Hougaard; Pat Lambie, Ruan Pienaar; Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw; Juandré Kruger, Eben Etzebeth; Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Gurthrö Steenkamp.

Replacements: Schalk Brits, Heinke van der Merwe, Pat Cilliers, Flip van der Merwe, Marcell Coetzee, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute, Lwazi Mvovo.