After fielding what many regarded as a ‘B’ team last week against the Wallabies, Rassie Erasmus has named a much stronger XV to take on the All Blacks in Wellington this week.
This squad sees a number of noticeable faces return to the fray, but there are still some members of the team that fans are not wholly convinced by. The centres seems to be an area of concern for many fans on Twitter, with the longtime pariah Frans Steyn a popular option to play at 12.
Damian de Allende starts at inside centre at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday, as he has been a favourite of Erasmus’ for much of his time in charge of the Springboks, but that is not a view that is shared by all fans.
As strong as de Allende is as a ball carrier, some fans expect a bit more from a 12, and the playmaking credentials of Steyn make the Montpellier man a more favourable choice. Having said that, Steyn is also a brute of a ball carrier, weighing in at over 17 stone, but has the kicking game and distribution that de Allende perhaps lacks.
Steyn played the final stages against the Wallabies at Ellis Park, which was enough to earn another slot on the bench this weekend, as fans feel he draws closer to becoming the first choice 12.
This is what has been said on Twitter:
Cant wait till Frans Steyn starts in front of De Allende ?
— Mr West (@wfreemantle) July 24, 2019
Like de Allende, there are also question marks over outside centre Lukhanyo Am, with Jesse Kriel also being a popular option amongst some fans. However, while Am has some critics, there are plenty of fans that rate the Sharks centre, and with only six caps to his name, feel he deserves a chance to prove himself in the 13 shirt.
But the 37-cap de Allende will need a big performance against the All Blacks this weekend, otherwise the calls for Steyn to return to the starting XV will only grow louder.
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