It will be a great opportunity for the Springbok prostitute malcolm marx when he leads the team in its 50e appearance in the opening match of the rugby league against the All Blacks at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday.
Marx is following in the footsteps of fellow hooker Bongi Mbonambi, who turned 50e appearance in the third tiebreak against Wales, with Marx now taking his place in the starting line-up for the weekend clash.
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“We always want it to be special for the players if it’s possible, because it’s not always possible, but if a guy plays a test game that scores well, it’s good to start him,” explained the coach of Bok Jacques Nienaber.
“That’s not to say we won’t rotate, like we’ve done in the front row in the past, but in this specific game it’s good to start a guy to take a big step.
“Our front rows work as a unit together, they have specific roles they need to fulfill, so we are confident that Malcolm will fulfill his starting role and Bongi will fulfill his when he comes off the bench.”
Other changes to the starting line-up for the side that faced Wales a few weeks ago see Kurt-Lee Arendse take over on the wing of injured Cheslin Kolbe, while Faf de Klerk returns to scrum half, with Jaden Hendrikse falling to the bench.
The only other change in Game 23 sees lock Salmaan Moerat come on the bench in place of Elrigh Louw.
“Kurt-Lee performed well in this second test against Wales and there are a lot of similarities between his game and Cheslin’s, so we get a similar player. We also reward performance because I found that he was awesome,” Nienaber said.
“With Faf, he’s been with us for a long time. We’ve won big games with him in the past, like the World Cup and the British and Irish Lions series. So it’s good to have him back in the game. mix. I think we will need him and his skills in this particular game and that’s why we decided to go with him.
Watching the All Blacks challenge, Nienaber was asked if Bok’s management got anything useful out of their series loss to the Irish in New Zealand.
“Ireland are a quality team, they started with intensity and their execution and the plan they had was good. But that’s the problem, we’re not Ireland, we’re not Leinster, we don’t play like them,” admitted Nienaber.
“So the main thing we’ve taken away from this series is that whatever plan you decide to take on the All Blacks with, you’re going to have to bring intensity and precision to that plan.”