The Springboks’ back division has struggled but help is at hand
Here are three players who could improve that situation during next month’s tour to Ireland, France, Italy and Wales
LUKHANYO AM: 23, Sharks, centre:
The Sharks centre could be the Boks’ answer at No 13, especially for his ability to marshal a defensive line and compete for the ball on the ground. During Super Rugby, Ammade five tackle turnovers and a total of 10 turnovers.
On attack, he was also impressive with his ability to break the line. He made 97 ball carries for 918m, which was nearly 10m per carry. He also made seven line breaks and 11 tackle breaks, which both ranked in the Super Rugby’s top 15. His handling needs some work with 25 errors during Super Rugby, and inexperience also counts against him.ROB DU PREEZ: 24, WP, flyhalf:
Injuries have stolen some valuable growing time from the big playmaker but when he is on song, there are few flyhalves who cause as many problems as Du Preez.
He defends his channel with power, runs on to the ball at pace asking tough questions of the defence and he also has soft hands and good vision.
The more he plays the better his consistency, but because of injuries we haven't seen Du Preez dominate a competition yet. Playing for the Barbarians against the Boks last year, he caused all sorts of havoc for the international team, which gave a glimpse of his potential at a higher level...