Springbok team named for ABs match - one change

getty     10 Sep 2009     getty

Coach Peter de Villiers resisted any other change for the test at Waikato Stadium despite his team's poor performance, easily the worst in a tournament they lead by nine points.

Winger Bryan Habana passed a test on his tight hamstring and was named on the left wing although de Villiers said it would require intensive treatment for the remainder of this week.

As well, No 8 Pierre Spies has overcome a groin strain.

Steyn's contribution was notable during South Africa's two defeats of the All Blacks on home soil earlier in the campaign.

He had few running opportunities but his long, accurate punting helped the Springboks win the territorial battle and apply pressure which New Zealand failed to meet.

All Blacks first five-eighth Daniel Carter this week predicted South Africa would adopt a kick-first mentality and de Villiers' comments today do nothing to dispel that notion.

"We've tried to keep it as simple as possible. But there is a bit of horses-for-courses and Frans can play a major role in Hamilton with his boot," de Villiers said.

"It's not a shift in gameplan. We expect Dan Carter to kick more and with Frans we can put ourselves back in position and able to dictate play."

Saturday will be Steyn's last test before his departure to France, where he has signed to play for Racing Metro.

Carter's response yesterday when asked whether the tourists would go to the boot appeared prophetic.

"I can't see why not, it was very effective for them in South Africa. It put us under a lot of pressure, so I think there are a few similarities they will play this weekend," he said.

"We will have to be at the top of our game and try to put them under pressure and counter their strengths."

A poor Springboks scrummaging display against Australia has not prompted de Villiers to alter his front row or introduce extra front rowers on the reserves bench.

Captain John Smit will start again at tighthead prop while Heinrich Brussow retains his place on the openside flank ahead of Schalk Burger despite an ordinary match in Brisbane.

The only change from the starting side who beat the All Blacks 31-19 in Durban is forced by the injury to right winger JP Pietersen, whose place was taken last weekend by Odwa Ndungane.

New Zealand field two personnel changes from Durban, with Kieran Read at No 8 ahead of Rodney So'oialo while Carter is back from injury -- effectively for injured centre Conrad Smith -- with Stephen Donald and Ma'a Nonu both having shifted out one place in the backline.

Springboks team named today to play the All Blacks in their Investec Tri Nations clash at Waikato Stadium on Saturday:

Francois Steyn, Odwa Ngungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, John Smit (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Reserves: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jannie du Plessis, Danie Rossouw, Schalk Burger, Ricky Januarie, Adrian Jacobs, Ruan Pienaar.