Mostert to debut against All Blacks

by Staff Writer

New Stade Francais recruit Gerhard Mostert will make this Springbok debut as one of four changes to the starting XV for Saturday’s Castle Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand in Wellington.

Mostert replaces injured lock Flip van der Merwe in the second row, forming a new partnership with Alistair Hargreaves who has recovered from an abdominal strain. Jean Deysel makes his first start in a rejigged back row.

Danie Rossouw shifts to No 8 at the expense of Ashley Johnson– who drops to the bench – with Deysel taking Rossouw’s place on the side of the scrum. Deon Stegmann is retained as the openside flank.

There are also two changes in the backline where Patrick Lambie makes his first start in place of the injured Gio Aplon at fullback.

In a tactical switch in the centres, Juan de Jongh moves to No 12 and Adi Jacobs starts at outside centre with Wynand Olivier dropping to the bench.

“We have had a few injury challenges on this tour and last week was not a good start, but we have learnt from our game against Australia,” said De Villiers.

“There have been some frank exchanges this week and the players know what is expected of them and that this is their opportunity.”

New cap Mostert arrived in Sydney from Paris on Sunday as a replacement, initially for another injured lock Johann Muller. He goes straight into the starting XV as a result of a rib cartilage injury suffered by Van der Merwe in last week’s match against Australia.

“People may have forgotten that I included Gerhard in my first training squad in 2008 but he has been struggling with different injuries over the past few seasons,” said De Villiers.

“He came back strongly for the Sharks this season and now circumstances have given him an opportunity to show what he can do.

“Pat Lambie also gets his first start and this too is his chance to demonstrate the ability we know he has at Test level. It’s a tough challenge for both of them and the rest of the young players but they have a chance to do something special here.”

Aplon misses the Test after flying home with Van der Merwe on Wednesday with back and shoulder injuries, also sustained in Sydney.

Johnson and Olivier are joined on the bench by Odwa Ndungane, who is added to the replacements following the elevation of Lambie.

John Smit leads the team in his 104th Test – his 78th as captain, extending his world record.

South Africa v New Zealand, 30 July 2011 (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)

No

Player

Province

Caps

15

Patrick Lambie

The Sharks

5

14

Bjorn Basson

Vodacom Blue Bulls

5

13

Adi Jacobs

The Sharks

33

12

Juan de Jongh

DHL Western Province

7

11

Lwazi Mvovo

The Sharks

3

10

Morne Steyn

Vodacom Blue Bulls

26

9

Ruan Pienaar

Ulster

48

8

Danie Rossouw

Vodacom Blue Bulls

55

7

Jean Deysel

The Sharks

2

6

Deon Stegmann

Vodacom Blue Bulls

5

5

Alistair Hargreaves

The Sharks

3

4

Gerhard Mostert

Stade Francais

-

3

Werner Kruger

Vodacom Blue Bulls

1

2

John Smit (captain)

The Sharks

103

1

Dean Greyling

Vodacom Blue Bulls

1

Replacements

16

Chiliboy Ralepelle

Vodacom Blue Bulls

19

17

CJ van der Linde

DHL Western Province

70

18

Ryan Kankowski

The Sharks

18

19

Ashley Johnson

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

1

20

Charl McLeod

The Sharks

-

21

Wynand Olivier

Vodacom Blue Bulls

33

22

Odwa Ndungane

The Sharks

7

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