Beyers back for Bulls

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:13

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Utility back Ulrich Beyers will make a welcome return to the Blue Bulls on Saturday.

The Pretoria side takes on the Free State Cheetahs in a Currie Cup Round Two clash in Bloemfontein.

Beyers last played for the Blue Bulls in 2014, before overseas stints with Bordeaux in France and Zebre in Italy.

He will play at fullback in one of two enforced backline changes made by Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais.

Bjorn Basson, who started at fullback against Western Province in last weekend's win, moves to wing - in place of injured Jade Stighling - allowing Beyers to again wear his preferred No.15 jersey.

Dan Kriel is also starting in place of injured Dries Swanepoel at outside centre.

Kriel's spot on the bench will be taken by Duncan Matthews.

In other changes on the bench, Edgar Marutlulle comes in for Bandise Maku, in what will be a first appearance for the hooker for the Bulls, while Martin Dreyer and Rudolph Snyman comes in for Nqoba Mxoli and Eli Snyman respectively.

In another change, Joshua Stander will warm the bench as back-up flyhalf in place of Tony Jantjies.

Duncan Matthews, Edgar Marutlulle and Martin Dreyer will make their Currie Cup debuts for the Blue Bulls if they take to the field on Saturday.

Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Dan Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Entienne Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Hanro Liebenberg, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 Duncan Matthews.

Date: Saturday, August 13
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17.10 (15.10 GMT)
Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Archie Sehlako, Jaco Kotze
TMO: JJ Wagner

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