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Kolisi admits competition is tough

Siya Kolisi will be on the bench for the Boks game against Argentina on Saturday.

Western Province and Springboks flank Siya Kolisi in the Cape Talk studio on 10 September 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Siya Kolisi says that the competition for places in the Springbok squad means that he does not feel he has entrenched his place in the match 23 just yet.

He has been named on the bench for the third consecutive Test match as the Boks take on Argentina this weekend at the FNB Stadium.

Kolisi has played just 115 minutes of Test rugby but has been involved with the squad since Heyneke Meyer took over in 2012.

He earned the man of the match award on his debut against Scotland and says he is not taking anything for granted.

"There are lots of loose forwards that are good here so I've got to perform every week. I'll just take it one step at a time so if I get a chance this weekend I'm going to do my best. Obviously I want to stay as part of the 23 team."

Kolisi says while Francois Louw is clearly the team's first choice open-sider, he is working hard on developing his own game in that sphere.

"I've been working hard in the last couple of camps to be an open-sider flanker. I'll do the best I can to try and fill in."

The Boks have drafted in breakdown specialist Richie Gray to improve that aspect of their play after recent struggles.

"You can't really play without the breakdown. You need quicker ball to score tries. We've been working hard on it as a team. We work hard at it every week."

The game forms part of the Nelson Mandela Sports Day.

Earlier on the day, Bafana Bafana will take on Burkina Faso in honour of the 95-year-old statesman.

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