Bok selection for Lions decider in the spotlight
Inclusion of Cobus Reinach and Morne Steyn in the match day squad for the third Test has raised eyebrows
The selection leapfrogging that has seen Cobus Reinach and Morne Steyn advance their position at the expense of Herschel and Elton Jantjies, has proven to be a prickly topic ahead of the deciding Test against the British and Irish Lions.
Reinach‚ who started against Georgia‚ while Faf de Klerk was still being knocked into shape for the series against the Lions‚ did not feature in the match day 23s for the first or the second Tests. But he is in the starting team ahead of Herschel Jantjies‚ who has operated from the bench behind De Klerk for much of the last two years.
Steyn has not played a Test since 2016. Though their selection has caused some incredulity‚ it is not entirely unexpected. Reinach travelled to the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the third scrumhalf behind De Klerk and Jantjies. He played in just two matches at the RWC‚ but left a lasting impression with a superb hat-trick of tries against Canada...