Springboks make two changes

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    15 Sep 2016     Getty Images

Having struggled through a coaching change and the loss of several top players the Springboks have managed only a home win over Argentina, courtesy of a late penalty goal, in the Championship.

They come to New Zealand having lost to Argentina and Australia on the road and with only a 23 percent winning record in New Zealand.

Two changes have been made to the Springbok team with lock Pieter-Steph de Toit replacing the injured Lood de Jager while prop Vincent Koch has been named ahead of Lourens Adriaanse.

On the bench Lions hooker Malcolm Marx is included while Willem Alberts replaces du Toit. Damian de Allende has replaced Lionel Mapoe in the back reserves.

Coach Allister Coetzee said the choice of Marx was part of a longer term plan given the retirement of Adriaan Strauss' end of season retirement.
Coetzee said he was well aware of the task ahead of his side.

"Each match between these two traditional rugby rivals is always tough, no matter what the circumstances are, and Saturday's Test is bound to be another tremendous battle.

"Numerous of our players will play in their first Test against the All Blacks and there's a good deal of excitement in that regard.

"We know that our discipline was not on par against the Wallabies in Brisbane, and we have to show a big improvement on several fronts. Our defence will have to be solid for the full duration of the match, because the All Blacks have the game breakers that will punish you for any defensive lapse," he said.

South Africa: 
1.Tendai Mtawarira, 2.Adrian Strauss (captain), 3.Vincent Koch, 4.Eben Etzebeth, 5.Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6.Francois Louw, 7.Oupa Mohoje, 8.Warren Whiteley, 9.Faf de Klerk, 10.Elton Jantjies, 11.Francois Hougaard, 12.Juan de Jongh, 13.Jesse Kriel, 14.Bryan Habana, 15.Johan Goosen.

Substitutes: 16.Malcolm Marx, 17.Seven Kitshoff, 18.Lourens Adriaanse, 19.Franco Mostert, 20.Willem Alberts, 21.Jaco Kriel, 22.Morne Steyn, 23.Damian de Allende.

Meanwhile, assistant coach Johann van Graan told South African media this week that it would only be known how good the Springboks were this year when the Championship was over.

"We'll have a bigger picture of where we stand after the home Tests. It's currently a massive challenge to play against the All Blacks in New Zealand," he said.

"If you want to win here, you have to be at your best for 80 minutes. We want to give ourselves a good chance for victory. We are going to focus on what we do well. Hopefully we achieve the desired outcome," he said.