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Schalk Burger returns for Boks

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The return of Burger to the loose trio with Van Niekerk and Juan Smith was expected to give greater presence at the breakdown, something the Boks badly lacked against the Wallabies.

“I’m confident Os is fully fit,” White said Wednesday.

“I’ve just come from the physio room and he has full mobility in his leg,” the SAPA news agency quoted White as saying.

January, who came on midway through the second half last Saturday against the Wallabies, will add urgency and his “in-your-face-attitude” was needed to unbalance the Kiwis.

“Ricky has done well against (Frederic) Michalak, (Dimitri) Yachvili and (George) Gregan at Ellis Park this season, so he offers a lot,” White said.

With Burger returning to his familiar number six position he “offers us something different against a team that has a more aggressive approach than Australia.”

“New Zealand are attack orientated and the Lions struggled against them in the lineouts so those are two areas we are concentrating on,” said White.

He added he had spoken to referee Andrew Cole about perceived illegal tactics by the All Blacks at the lineouts.

White’s grievance surrounds the numbers the All Blacks employ, which he said often gave away a free kick, nullifying the lineouts.

“The lineout should be a contest,” said White. “I spoke to Clive (Woodward) on Tuesday and we spoke about the numbers in the lineout.”

It was an area of complaint that Woodward harped on about during his team’s 3-0 series defeat in New Zealand last month.


South Africa

Percy Montgomery, Breyton Paulse, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Andre Pretorius, Enrico January, Joe van Niekerk, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, CJ van der Linde, John Smit (capt), Os du Randt.

Replacements: Hanyani Shimange, Gurthro Steenkamp, Albert van den Berg, Jacques Cronje, Fourie du Preez, Wayne Julies, Jaco van der Westhuizen.

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