Hougaard back at No.9 to face Force

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57
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Francois Hougaard will start at scrumhalf when the Bulls clash with the Force in their Super Rugby Round 11 encounter in Perth on Saturday.

Francois Hougaard will start at scrumhalf when the Bulls clash with the Force in their Super Rugby Round 11 encounter in Perth on Saturday.
 
The 27-cap Springbok will start in the number nine jersey for the first time since the Bulls 20-25 loss to the Hurricanes in their first game on tour on April 5.
 
With the injury to Piet van Zyl, Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke shuffled his backline - aided by the return to fitness of wing Akona Ndungane after a hamstring injury.
 
Ndungane will start on the right wing, with Bjorn Basson shifting to the left wing to take up the spot Hougaard has vacated.
 
Jurgen Visser is back from injury too and will start as fullback after missing last week's 12-19 loss to the Waratahs. Ulrich Beyers drops to the bench.
 
There are two changes in the forward pack, as suspended captain Phillip van der Merwe is replaced by Paul Willemse at lock and Mbongeni Mbonambi comes into the line-up at hooker for his first ever Bulls run-on start. 
 
Callie Visagie drops out of the matchday squad and Bandise Maku takes up the replacement hooker berth on the bench.
 
Should Maku take to the field, he will play in his 50th Super Rugby match. Of those, 19 have been for the Bulls, 14 for the Lions and 16 for the Southern Kings. 
 
Jacques-Louis Potgieter will also play in his 50th Super Rugby match. He will represent the Bulls for the 23rd time, having also played for the Cheetahs 17 times and for the Sharks 10 times.
 
Former Southern Kings flank Wimpie van der Walt gets a spot on the bench and is poised to make his Bulls debut.
 
Ludeke knows the importance of this game; the last one on tour before the Bulls head home.
 
"We have to get back to winning ways and this is a final opportunity to turn our tour into a positive. 
 
"If we can bag a win here and add the losing bonus points we collected earlier on tour, the reward would justify the hard work we have put in," Ludeke said.
 
Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Jacques Engelbrecht, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers, 23 Morné Mellet.
 
Date: Saturday, April 25
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 17.40 (09.40 GMT, 11.40 SAST)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia) , Matt O'Brien (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)
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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 14h00 Paris
Fri, 28 April 2017
Ospreys v Ulster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 22h00 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Scarlets 22h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Dragons 22h00 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 RDS Arena
Treviso v Munster 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
Bulls v Jaguares 26 | 13
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10