He was initially touted as a wild card to make the squad for the Rugby World Cup, but as a result of recent performances he could have a strong to the number 13 jersey. Some pundits have been a bit hesitant to laud his role as a number 13, with many seeing Mapoe as arguably the best in the position for the country during the Super Rugby season, but it seems Kriel’s recent performances have silenced some detractors and justified Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s selection of the young Blue Bulls star.

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