Rugby 23.7.2015 02:44 pm

New Bok prop Vincent Koch faces a heated debut

FILE PICTURE: Vincent Koch during the South African National rugby team training and media session. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Vincent Koch during the South African National rugby team training and media session. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Vincent Koch will make his Springbok debut off the bench on Saturday if he gets on and according to Bok coach Heyneke Meyer it will be a huge Test for him but one he could pass. 

“Vincent has really come through, he and Trevor Nyakane were brilliant coming off the bench against the World XV, the plan was always to recall them, did fitness last week to bring them back this week, so it will be a tough test for Vincent.

“It showed against Australia that Test match rugby is not Super Rugby, I’ve always said don’t look too much into Super Rugby because there’s always some weak areas where you can penetrate like the scrums, but when you face NZ you play against the best there is at the moment.

“Vincent did great in Super Rugby and also against the World XV but know he has to show he can also do it in Test rugby, playing against one of the top scrumming teams in the world but it’s not just that, you have to make your tackles and be clinical in the end, but he has showed what he can do.”

Meyer also shed some light over the substitions he made against Australia last weekend. “I have always said this Championship with all the injuries we have had, and that’s not an excuse is always a lose-lose situation, because three of those impact players came on as a result of injury.

“Victor Matfield was injured early on and Lood de Jager hasn’t played for quite some time, then Marcell Coetzee went off and we also had to substitute him earlier than we wanted, people couldn’t believe I took Jannie du Plessis off but he was injured, so it wasn’t a tactical move.

“Frans Malherbe according to most of the so-called experts should’ve started and that Jannie is over the wall, but then I got criticized that I took him off too early, but he was injured, difficult with this is that Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Lood and Heinrich haven’t played for some time, so you can’t wait till the World Cup to give them game time, it’s tough winning in Australia but you also have to keep the World Cup in mind.

“If I was in a position where everyone was fit I wouldn’t have done that but you have to give those guys playing time to see what they can do. And I’ll probably do the same in the same situation but you have to stay upbeat, there was a scrum and Australia created a turnover scrum and I don’t think that was the reason why we lost, there were mistakes, and regardless who you put on in the last 10 minute your legs will always go numb, regardless who you put on.”

 

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