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South Africa’s strength in depth is frightening.

Juan de Jongh scores on debut

In yesterday’s game in Cardiff, 5 of the South African 22 made their test debuts. This was for sure an understrength South African team when you consider the names missing; Habana, Morne Steyn, Du Preez, Brussouw to name but a few. And yet against a near full strength Wales team, minus the mercurial Shane Williams but still near enough to their best side, they managed to pull out a win. Their squad included players who haven’t played for the Boks for a fair amount of time, those playing in Europe like BJ Botha, Francois Steyn, and Joe Van Niekerk. The fact that the Boks can call upon players of such high calibre is incredible; no other nation has such a good pool of players to pick from, and how it showed in Cardiff.

A special mention goes to the inside centre, Juan de Jongh. The 20 year old has had quite an incredible debut season, breaking into the Stormers side, scoring his first Super rugby try in the semi-final (if you haven’t seen it, it’s one of the tries of the season), and now has a test debut and first try to his name. Expect him to be well in contention with Wynand Olivier and Jean de Villiers for the number 12 shirt come the World Cup.