Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

BJ Botha and Ruan Pienaar to tackle Oz with Springboks

Ulster pair BJ Botha and Ruan Pienaar will start for the Springboks against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

Following two Vodacom Tri-Nations defeats by New Zealand the Boks have made four changes to the side which began in last weekend’s 31-17 reversal in Wellington plus a further five on the replacements bench.

Scrum-half Pienaar (right) is promoted to the starting line-up in place of Ricky Januarie while Botha starts ahead of CJ van der Linde at tighthead prop.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said: “Statistics show that Suncorp (Stadium) has the fastest playing surface in the Vodacom Super 14 and we have to be prepared for a faster game.

“We have two tough games behind us, but if we stick to our structures and use our opportunities I believe this team is capable of getting a result.”

Springboks: Z Kirchner; G Aplon, J Fourie, W Oliver, B Habana; M Steyn, R Pienaar; G Steenkamp, J Smit (capt), BJ Botha; D Rossouw; V Matfield, S Burger, R Kankowski, P Spies. Replacements: C Ralepelle, CJ van der Linde, F van der Merwe, D Potgieter, Fois Hougaard, B James, J de Jongh.

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