Boks faces tough Test

DURBAN, South Africa – South Africa made a winning start to their bid to recover from a horror 2016 with victory over France in the first of their three match series last weekend, but today’s second Test in Durban is likely to be a stiffer test of their potential revival.

The Springboks, who lost eight of 12 internationals and finished the year in turmoil, beat the French 37-14 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria last week. But they were pitted against a weakened outfit after the tourists did not pick key players, who arrived late after the end of their domestic season.

Seven players were not considered for the first test but were all available when coach Guy Noves made his selection for the second Test, changing eight players.

“We’ll know after the game if it was important to bring in some fresh blood into the team after the first test,” he told a press conference on Thursday.

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