Springboks likely to recall Pollard after Elton Junjis misfiring



The Springboks will take a 1-0 lead into the match at Bloemfontein after a stoppage time penalty by Damian Willemse snatched the first Test victory 32-29 this weekend.

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South African world champions were disappointing in the first half and were 15 points behind at half-time before personnel changes turned the tide in Pretoria.

Yantjes was sent off at half-time and veteran Willy le Roux moved into full-back, allowing Willems to move to the fly-half, where he impressed.

After rivals eight places behind leading South Africa, coach Jacques Nienaber indirectly criticized Yangies, saying “our kicking didn’t work.”

“Perhaps this is the only reason why we struggled to get out of our own half (in the first half). It’s probably the only thing we need to improve.”

Pollard, who scored 22 points in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final triumph over England in Japan, missed much of the first Test preparation due to French top 14 commitments with champions Montpellier.

But the delivery of No. The jersey 10 was a gamble for Yantsy, as he hasn’t played for Japan’s Docomo Red Hurricanes since December due to an injury and was arrested two months ago following an incident with the airline.

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Yantjes was detained at Johannesburg’s main airport after allegedly causing malicious property damage on a flight from Dubai, but the case was later temporarily dismissed.

– Du Toit may return –

Another Springbok star set to return for a potentially decisive second international tournament is the 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year and flanker. Peter Steph du Toit.

Du Toit suffered a serious shoulder injury in the middle of last year’s series against the British and Irish Lions and did not return to the game until January last year.

Another injury prevented him from fully engaging in the first Test, but the free forward is likely to be available for Bloemfontein and could replace Franco Mostert.

While Ninaber likes to announce changes early in the second half of matches, the decision to remove captain Sia Kolisi after the 51st minute was an important one.

Kolisi, who led the Springboks to their third world title and instantly became a national hero, hasn’t been too impressive lately playing for the Sharks in the Rugby United Championship.

Middle back row player Jaco Wiese was named man of the match as he continues to replace veteran Duane Vermeulen, who is recovering from surgery.

A three-point victory for Wales, who had only 12 men on the field a few minutes late in the second half due to yellow cards, came as a shock to the South Africans.

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Television analyst and former Springboks coach Nick Mallett said ahead of the series that it would be a “big disappointment” if the hosts didn’t win by at least 15 points.

Wales have lost all 10 previous Tests in South Africa, including a 96-13 loss in Pretoria 24 years ago.