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Joseph Dweba has slipped down the Bok pecking order. Photo: MB Media/Getty Images

EXPLAINED: Dweba’s dramatic slide down Bok pecking order

The Bok coaches have made some clear-cut decisions when it comes to Joseph Dweba and the options at hooker.

Joseph Dweba Bok

Joseph Dweba has slipped down the Bok pecking order. Photo: MB Media/Getty Images

In the midst of last week’s Bok squad and SA A team announcements, the decision-making at hooker was largely overlooked as numerous other talking points popped up.

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However, it’s undeniably significant that the Bok coaches opted to include just two specialist hookers in the Test squad, with Malcolm Marx and Bongi Mbonambi the natural selections.

During the Rugby Championship, Joseph Dweba was effectively seen as the third-choice option, and in fact started two Tests against New Zealand and Australia in the injury-enforced absence of Mbonambi.

Yet, particularly in the loss to the All Blacks at Ellis Park, Dweba struggled with his lineout throwing, and this problem has continued to blight his performances since joining the Stormers recently.

It’s clear that this is a key area for improvement if Dweba hopes to regain his Bok place, with Deon Fourie now viewed as the back-up option to Mbonambi and Marx.

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Last week, Rassie Erasmus effectively confirmed that Fourie was selected ahead of Dweba in the pecking order.

“People will say you need to give guys an opportunity and see where they are at,” Erasmus said, adding: “They must grow and get better from there. Deon Fourie is a real option to take to the World Cup, just like Schalk Brits was [in 2019].

“We have three hookers in Malcolm [Marx], Bongi [Mbonambi] and Deon [Fourie]. Deon scrums and also does lineouts and mauling at hooker for us at the moment.”

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BOK SQUAD:

Props: Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), Vincent Koch (unattached), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92)

Hookers: Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks)

Locks: Lood de Jager (Wild Knights), Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks), Jason Jenkins (Leinster), Salmaan Moerat, Marvin Orie (both DHL Stormers)

Loose forwards: Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Siya Kolisi (Cell C Sharks), Evan Roos (DHL Stormers), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls), Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers)

Utility forwards: Deon Fourie (DHL Stormers), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat)

Scrumhalves: Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks), Cobus Reinach (Montpellier)

Flyhalves: Manie Libbok, Damian Willemse (both DHL Stormers)

Centres: Damian de Allende (Wild Knights), Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles)

Outside backs: Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks), Sbu Nkosi (Vodacom Bulls)

Utility backs: Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulon), Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (DHL Stormers)

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SA ‘A’ squad:

Forwards: Simphiwe Matanzima (Vodacom Bulls), Ntuthuko Mchunu (Cell C Sharks), Sazi Sandi (DHL Stormers), Mornay Smith (Vodacom Bulls), Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Vodacom Bulls), Joseph Dweba (DHL Stormers), Andre-Hugo Venter (DHL Stormers), Ruan Nortje (Vodacom Bulls), Phepsi Buthelezi (Cell C Sharks), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Cell C Sharks).

Backs: Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers), Sanele Nohamba (Emirates Lions), Grant Williams (Cell C Sharks), Johan Goosen (Vodacom Bulls), Gianni Lombard (Emirates Lions), Aphelele Fassi (Cell C Sharks), Cornal Hendricks (Vodacom Bulls), Suleiman Hartzenberg (DHL Stormers), Henco van Wyk (Emirates Lions).