Rugby Championship: Springboks make three changes for second game against Australia

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Handré Pollard of the Springboks runs the ball during the Rugby Championship match between the South Africa Springboks and the Australian Wallabies at Cbus Super Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber made three changes to the team to play Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday but winger Cheslin Kolbe remains an absentee from the squad.

Two of those changes to the starting lineup will see Marvin Orie replace Lood de Jager at lock while Trevor Nyakane comes in at loosehead prop. On the bench, Steven Kitshoff was named amongst the replacements in place of Ox Nché.

FILE PHOTO: Captain Siya Kolisi and other Springboks players during a past training session. /Getty Images

Toulon winger Kolbe is still unavailable as he recovers from a knock to the leg suffered during a previous training session meaning S’bu Nkosi retains his place in the starting lineup.

Nienaber said he was expecting Australia to come out fighting as they did last week when they defeated the world champions courtesy of a late penalty from veteran fly-half Quade Cooper.

He added that the team had identified the areas in which they needed to be more effective and had been working hard at training to rectify the errors they had made previously.

“That said, we know what we are capable of as a team, and we created sufficient opportunities to win last week, but we didn’t capitalise on them. So, we back our systems and structures, and it is now a matter of being as effective as possible in executing our plan,” Nienaber said.

“We are expecting another grind of a match, but we are ready for the challenge.”

After Saturday’s match against the Wallabies, South Africa face New Zealand in a mammoth double header on September 25 and October 2 and Nienaber is not taking anything for granted.

“Our next three matches will be similar to playing a quarter-final, semi-final and final if we want to defend our Castle Lager Rugby Championship title, and we are under no illusions about what it will take to achieve this.”

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