Snyman return bolsters Bulls

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:22

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Blue Bulls have been given a significant boost ahead of their Currie Cup[ Round Three encounter with the Eastern Province Kings at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

Lock Rudolph Snyman will start at lock.

Snyman, one of the stars for the Bulls in the Super Rugby season, came off the bench last weekend in the defeat to the Free State Cheetahs.

His second-half cameo showed he recovered fully from the ankle injury sustained while playing for the South African A side against the England Saxons in June.

Snyman comes in for Jason Jenkins, himself now an injury victim.

Jenkins suffered a knee injury in the loss in Bloemfontein.

Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais also have a fully fit again Lizo Gqoboka to his disposal and the loosehead prop will start in place of Pierre Schoeman, who moves to the bench.

Marais made one change to the backline as well.

Duncan Matthews will start at fullback in place of Ulrich Beyers.

On the bench, Jacobie Adriaanse could make a first appearance for the Blue Bulls, whilst Irne Herbst will fill the vacancy left by Snyman's promotion.

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

Date: Friday, August 19
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.20 (17.20 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Ruhan Meiring
TMO: Johan Greeff

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