Bok coach impressed by fringe players in win against Argentina

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Bok coach impressed by fringe players in win against Argentina

Jacque Nienaber pleased with the energy brought to the Springboks by the new players

Mahlatse Mphahlele

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber was highly impressed by the performance of the fringe players in the 32-12 Rugby Championship bonus-point win over Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Nienaber was happy that several players who were given rare starts in the starting line-up, raised their hands with eye-catching performances in Gqeberha. Several regular starters were missing due to injuries and the Bok coach’s desire to manage the workload. 

“We made a couple of changes and said during the week that playing five big Test matches in a row was a big ask. So there were a couple of changes to our side and you could see that the guys were nice and fresh,” he said. “We had a defence session on Wednesday and you could see that some of the guys who played on Saturday were a bit iffy, but the new guys were climbing into the session and were raring to go...

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