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Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn. Photo: SA Rugby website

Bok coach looks to Bomb Squad to ‘ignite a spark’

Bok coach Jacques Nienaber has explained why he’s opted to select Herschel Jantjies, Franco Mostert and Elton Jantjies on the bench.

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Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn. Photo: SA Rugby website

The trio all started last weekend’s Test against Scotland, but for this Saturday’s final match of the year against England at Twickenham, Nienaber has reverted to arguably the Boks’ strongest lineup.

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Handre Pollard and Cobus Reinach have been drafted into the starting lineup along with Lood de Jager, which sees Elton Jantjies and Herschel Jantjies join Mostert among the replacements in other changes to the match-day squad that defeated Scotland 30-15 at Murrayfield.

“Elton, Herschel and Franco have shown that they can inject energy and ignite a spark on attack off the bench, which will be handy against an English outfit that we know will be highly charged up for this match,” Nienaber commented.

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The Bok coach said they were certainly expecting an epic battle between the two teams.

“England have made it clear that they’ll come hard at us in this match, and with a few British & Irish Lions players in their midst, home ground advantage and a new record of eight wins in a row against Australia adding to their motivation this weekend, so we know it will be a hard grind

“That said, we will enter the match equally motivated, especially with the opportunity to retain our status as the top team in the world for a third successive season and winning all three matches in the Outgoing Tour for the first time in eight years being a real prospect.”

Nienaber added: “This has been arguably the most challenging season for a Springbok team yet due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to finish off the year with a victory against England would be a fantastic reward for the team.”

Andrew Brace (Ireland) has been appointed the match referee and he will be assisted by Angus Gardner (Australia) and Frank Murphy (Ireland), while his Irish compatriot Brian MacNeice will be on Television Match Official duty.

Victory for the Springboks over a strong England team will not only see the South Africans retain the No 1 spot on the world rankings; it would also mark their first unbeaten Outgoing Tour since 2013, and wrap up a successful season for the world champions with nine victories in 13 Test matches.

The last time the Springboks beat England in London was in 2014, when they edged the hosts 31-28, but they have won three of their last six outings against their northern hemisphere arch-rivals – the most recent being the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama in 2019, where the Boks emerged 32-12 victors.

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TEAMS:

England

TBA

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn