De Villiers believes in young players
Jean de Villiers says Damian de Allende and Handre Pollard are talented individuals who will do well.
JOHANNESBURG - Springboks captain Jean de Villiers believes the young players in the team will make their mark on the team's rugby during this year's Rugby Championship.
The Boks coach Heyneke Meyer's selected Western Province centre Damian de Allende for today's game against Argentina, where he'll make his debut.
Handre Pollard will also be starting at flyhalf in only his second game in a Bok jersey.
De Villiers says they're both talented individuals who will do well.
The Aussies and All Blacks open up the competition in Sydney and kick off is at 12:05 pm.
Meanwhile, the Springboks captain said gaining a win in the right manner will be more important for his side than any thought of a bonus point when they face Argentina today.
"The points on the log are important and we want to start stacking them up, but to us our execution and the way we play is more important," he said.
"If we do that well, and it is all about the processes, then the rest will sort itself out."
An attacking bonus point is awarded if a team scores four tries or more.
The Boks would be expected to take one from the first fixture in their six-game programme against a team they beat 73-13 at home last year, running in nine tries.
De Villiers said his team wanted to ensure they created the right platform to attack first, suggesting that creating attacks was the biggest area of concern.
"From a defensive point of view we are always up for it and we always pride ourselves on the way we defend," he said. "No matter what they throw at us, we'll be prepared for anything."
He returns to the team and the captaincy after a long injury layoff.
The inside centre, who has not played for 12 weeks, said he felt as if he was starting again.
"It gives me new energy as well, having to prove myself again and show that I'm still good enough, but that is exciting," he added.
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Additional reporting by Reuters.