Bok boost for Bulls
Utility back JJ Engelbrecht will make his Blue Bulls Currie Cup debut on Saturday, when the team plays Western Province in Cape Town.
Utility back JJ Engelbrecht will make his Blue Bulls Currie Cup debut on Saturday, when the team plays Western Province at Newlands in Cape Town.
Engelbrecht has been released from the Springbok squad that will travel to Australasia for the Rugby Championship and could be considered for the Newlands clash, the same venue where he made his Test debut for the Springboks against Argentina two weeks ago.
Having played in 27 matches for WP earlier in his career, Engelbrecht knows Newlands well.
He will play on the wing, where he replaces Clayton Blommetjies, who slots in at fullback.
Blommetjies takes over from Jürgen Visser, who moves to the bench in place of Ulrich Beyers.
Up front, coach Pine Pienaar made one forced change, with Warwick Tecklenburg replacing the injured Arno Botha on the bench.
"We got good momentum out of the Sharks game and dare not to lose that again," Pienaar said.
"There are few challenges as huge as beating WP at Newlands, but one that we want to embrace. Last week our preparations were severely disrupted by the flu virus, but this time we have trained well and worked hard. I am confident that we will travel down to Cape Town well prepared."
Pienaar was keen to have Engelbrecht in the team.
"I was very happy to hear that I could select him. He has shown what a great player he is already and I am looking forward to his contributions to the Blue Bulls as well."
Dewald Potgieter will captain the side in his 50th Currie Cup appearance for the Blue Bulls.
"Personally it is a nice milestone, but collectively it will only mean something if the team can deliver on Saturday and come up with a good performance," Potgieter said.
"We need to maintain the standards set last week and try to improve on those. That will be the main focus for us."
Blue Bulls: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Rudi Paige, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Jurgen Visser.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant referees: Jonathan Kaplan, Marc van Zyl
TMO: Johann Meuwesen