“We have a lot of depth in all positions, the one area (of concern) is probably if Handre gets injured,” Matfield said at an Investec breakfast.
“Elton Jantjies is a very capable player but he hasn’t played a lot of Tests where we were very successful. I think the rest of the players take a lot of confidence out of it when Handre is there. He is probably the key guy for us not to lose; if we lose him, Elton can step in, and Francois Steyn can step in, but Handre is the one player we need on the park.”
Matfield said he hoped Steyn would earn more game time before the business end of the tournament.
He believes Steyn’s versatility could provide coach Rassie Erasmus with some flexibility, whether it is at first receiver or elsewhere.