Jantjies at No.10 for Bulls

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:37

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Blue Bulls head coach Nollis Marais has made five changes to his side for the home Currie Cup clash against the Golden Lions in Pretoria on Saturday.

At the back, Duncan Matthews is out with a strain and is replaced by Kefenste Mahlo, who is on Currie Cup debut. Tony Jantjies, who had to withdraw prior to the Griquas match, is fit again and will start at flyhalf, with Tinus de Beer onto the bench and Joshua Stander dropping out.

Up front, Jaco Visagie and Conrad van Vuuren are out due to injury. They will be replaced by Jan-Henning Campher and John-Roy Jenkinson respectively, who both played off the bench in Kimberley. 

Their places next to the field at the start will be taken by Johan Grobbelaar and Matthys Basson, who will both debut for the team if they take to the field.

Campher will start for the team for the first time after making his Currie Cup debut in Kimberley.

Irne Herbst is also fit after concussion issues and will start at lock, with Abongile Nonkontwana dropping to the bench in place of Freddy Ngoza.

Herbst will make a first appearance for the team this year after playing for the Southern Kings in the Super Rugby tournament.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Franco Naude, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Kefentse Mahlo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Abongile Nonkontwana, 19 Shaun Adendorff, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Tinus de Beer, 22 JT Jackson.

Date: Saturday, August 5
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Jaco, Kotze, Christopher Allison
TMO: Johan Greeff

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