Bosch is back for Ju­nior Boks’ Ar­gentina clash

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - WYNONA LOUW

JU­NIOR Spring­bok star Cur­win Bosch will take his place at No 10 for their fi­nal pool match against Ar­gentina to­day (kick-off 1.15pm)

Bosch is one of three changes to Chean Roux’s start­ing line-up, and the other changes will see the lock pair­ing of Ruben van Heer­den and Hen­dre Stassen drafted into the start­ing XV.

Bosch re­places Manie Lib­bok at fly­half, while Lib­bok switches to full­back in the place of Jean­luc Cil­liers, who moves to the bench.

Van Heer­den, who missed the clash against Ge­or­gia af­ter tak­ing a knock against France, re­places Rein­hard Noth­nagel, while Stassen takes over from Sal­maan Mo­erat.

Flanker Muller Uys, who joined the team in Ge­or­gia on Sun­day morn­ing as an in­jury re­place­ment for Nama Xaba, will start on the bench in place of Zain Davids, who is serv­ing a two-match sus­pen­sion.

“We looked at the op­po­si­tion, how fresh the play­ers are, and their avail­abil­ity, and we feel that this is the best team for the Ar­gentina clash,” said Roux.

“We are for­tu­nate that all the play­ers can play at any time and they are ready and will­ing to pro­duce the goods, so our fo­cus was not nec­es­sar­ily on con­ti­nu­ity, but rather on win­ning the match.”

And al­though Roux should be con­fi­dent about the play that his team pro­duced at cer­tain stages dur­ing their 38-14 win over hosts Ge­or­gia on Sun­day, he is well aware of the chal­lenge that awaits them against Ar­gentina to­day and that an all-round per­for­mance will be needed to come out on top.

“I think Ar­gentina will play a fast­paced game, but they also have a good scrum, so we need to be up for that,” said Roux.

“Our de­fence also has to be sharp, and we need to play in the right ar­eas. The Ge­or­gians played a slow game and we couldn’t get out of our half.”

The top team in each of the three pools will ad­vance to the semi-fi­nal, along with the next best placed team on the log stand­ings.

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