DURBAN – Upon announcing the Springbok team to play tomorrow at Scotland at Murrayfield, it was a little surprise to see the name of Embrose Papier in the starting lineup. The Bulls man was ready to make his first start for the Boks for some time, and it's only due to a change that has happened.
Fler by Klerk earlier this week was announced as unavailable for the Scottish test as he will return to England to play for his club, Sale Sale. Of course, it was not hidden that De Klerk is clearly the coach of Rassie Erasmus, the number one scrumhalf, but his deputies have raised concerns.
Behind De Klerk there is Paper, and another Bulls cock in Ivan van Zyl. When De Klerk was not available against England, Erasmus handed to Van Zyl the shirt no. 9, who said the game would be better, despite the fact that Paper seems to be the second number in the golden order.
Eventually, Papier was offered a chance to show why he was done, the only problem being that promotion to the starting line can be seen as a little sour because of forced nature. De Klerk is out, Van Zyl was shot and was fit in his performances, but there was no choice but to coach to play Paper.
Erasmus says from day one that he seeks to build depth. If one looks at the blocking situation, for example, there is a lack of riches and no concern regarding the turning of Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco Mostert, Lood de Jager and RG Snyman, but the scrumhalf is very different.
There were times when Erasmus played Paper on the wing, on the bench, rather than replace De Klerk, sending alarming signals about Bok's power at no. 9.
It is really unknown how much faith Erasmus has in replacement no. 9, but the hope is that this forced situation will be enough for the talented and interesting paper to prove that any mistake about it is wrong.
The paper is the only change in the bottom line for Boks with Snyman coming to Etzebeth hurt.
Snyman is an extraordinary addition to the Bok team because it brings its own brand of aggressive abrasion that will well satisfy Mostert's works in spells but will also highlight the tomb of Duane Vermeulen and Malcolm Marx. Vermeulen was also returned to his normal position no. 8, as Du Toit flipped the ball in after a cross from the right.
It could seem a little change, but it was clear that Vermeulen is playing the best rugby at number eight, embracing the shades of that position.
The Erasmus team is one that has been chosen out of necessity. On the whole, Boks does not lose anything with the changes that have been made, but this can indeed be said for sure if Paper lives up to the billing that made Bok a start.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Changes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe.
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Sam Skinner, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis , 3 Willem Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Josh Strauss, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Ali Price, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Chris Harris.
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