South Africa recall Elton Jantjies at fly-half for clash against Australia

Elton Jantjies last played during the June series against England
Elton Jantjies last played during the June series against England

South Africa have recalled Lions fly-half Elton Jantjies for the third round of the Rugby Championship clash against Australia to be played in Brisbane next weekend.

Steven Kitshoff and hooker Bongi Mbonambi will form the front-row next to Frans Malherbe while Tendai Mtawarira and Malcolm Marx move to the bench.

Captain Siya Kolisi swaps to the openside while Pieter-Steph du Toit will don the number seven jersey and Warren Whiteley slots at number eight.

Jantjies promotion to fly-half means Handre Pollard moves to the bench while Faf de Klerk remains at scrum-half.

“We are looking for a good response on Saturday against the Wallabies and I am sure that this side will be up to the task,” said South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus.

The South Africa boss also insisted that both the teams will be desperate for a win this weekend considering the result in the previous round.

“Australia, playing at home, will no doubt be highly motivated to bounce back, so we have to be ready for a huge contest,” said Erasmus.

“We have worked hard to rectify our errors of last week and we know the set piece and breakdown battles are going to especially be important.

"The Wallabies are known for their abilities at the breakdown and we will have to be accurate and disciplined in those areas.”

South Africa line-up: Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Jesse Kriel, Damien de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk; Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (c), Pieter Steph du Toit, Warren Whiteley.

Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Tendai Mtawarira, Wilco Louw, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Embrose Papier, Handre Pollard, Cheslin Kolbe.


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