7 Oct 2011

Alexander says Boks lose nothing without Botha

7:00 am on 7 October 2011

The Australian prop Ben Alexander says the loss of lock Bakkies Botha won't hurt the Springbok side in their World Cup clash in Wellington on Sunday.

24 hours after declaring he was 100 percent fit and ready to smash the Wallabies forwards pack, Botha is injured again and wasn't selected for the quarter-final.

Alexander says it doesn't make the Boks any less formidable and says they've got great depth and keep producing quality locks.

Wingers JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana have both overcome injuries to be named in the Springbok team and hooker John Smit returns to lead the side after he started their final pool match on the bench.