Smith set to play in Salta

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MORGAN PIEK

Bloemfontein – Changes can be expected when the Springboks name their squad for the Rugby Championship second round against Argentina in Salta.

At this stage it looks as if former Toyota Cheetahs captain, Juan Smith may be running out against the Pumas on when the two sides face each other over the weekend.

The World Cup winning flank was linked with a return to the green and gold last week, however he didn’t make the match 23 due to an injury.

The Springboks are in Salta busy preparing for Saturday’s match, following their hard fought 13-6 win in Pretoria last week.

Speaking out of Salta, team doctor Craig Roberts said the squad are injury free and they are happy with Smiths’ recovery.

“We’re happy with him, he’s coming back from a hamstring problem that he had.

“He’s running flat out, he’s been training, so today’s he’s first field session, so we will see how it goes,” said Roberts during yesterday’s press conference.

Saturday’s Test at the Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium kicks off at 21:40.

The expected Springbok side – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Damian de Allende, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan, Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (vc), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.

Replacements – 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Tendai Mtatawira, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Jan Serfontein.