- Sharks full back replaces injured Kirchner
- We need to show further improvement from last weekend and have to make a step up – Meyer
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South Africa have made just one change to their starting line-up for the second Test against England at Coca-Cola Park, with Patrick Lambie coming in at full back in place of Zane Kirchner, who picked up a knee injury in last weekend’s 22-17 win.
21 year-old Lambie is enjoying a strong season with the Sharks in the Super 15 and took the field at half-time on Saturday to win a 12th cap in front of his home crowd.
As the sides prepare to renew their bristling rivalry in Johannesburg, the Springboks’ head coach Heyneke Meyer outlined his desire to develop a close-knit team moving forward into the rest of the year.
"We decided against no unnecessary changes as we aim to build some continuity during this season," he said.
"We still have not had a lot of preparation time but I'm pleased to have seen how the players have been getting stuck in – on the training field and during our off-field sessions.
"This weekend will be a big challenge yet again against a good England side, but our focus is still on ourselves. We need to show further improvement from last weekend and have to make a step up this weekend."
Blue Bulls winger Bjorn Basson takes Lambie’s spot on the bench, while Werner Kruger is also named among the replacements after Coenie Oosthuizen was ruled out for three months with a bulging disk.
However, Meyer seemed confident that these small alterations would not disrupt either his charges' preparation or their prospects of securing a series-sealing victory.
"We have confidence in all the players in our squad and that is why Pat, Werner and Bjorn have slotted in easily,” headded.
“Everyone knows what is needed this weekend and they have been very sharp at training. We now need to translate that to the match on Saturday."
South Africa team to face England at Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg on Saturday (kick-off 4pm BST)
15. Pat Lambie, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Frans Steyn, 12. Jean de Villiers (c), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard; 1. Tendai Mtawarira, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Juandré Kruger, 6. Willem Alberts, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 8. Pierre Spies
Replacements:16. Adriann Strauss, 17. Werner Kruger, 18. Flip Van Der Merwe, 19. Keegan Daniel, 20. Ruan Pienaar, 21. Wynand Olivier, 22. Bjorn Basson