Boshoff returns to Ellis Park

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:31

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Blue Bulls Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff will make his first appearance at Ellis Park since he left the Golden Lions in 2016.

Boshoff played for the Lions between 2013 and 2016 before he joined Irish side Connacht. In August this year, Boshoff joined the Blue Bulls on a two-year contract.

Meanwhile, centre Burger Odendaal is back to full fitness and will lead the Blue Bulls against the Lions on Saturday.

Odendaal captained the team in his last appearance before injury in August and will team up with John Jackson in the midfield for the first time in this campaign. He replaces Dries Swanepoel, who is out injured.

The team has also been boosted by the availability of Warrick Gelant at fullback, where he takes over from Manie Libbok, while Andre Warner will start at scrumhalf in the other change to the starting backline.

Libbok, the hat-trick hero from the last match against Griquas, Ivan van Zyl and Johnny Kotze will add impact off the bench.

Executive of Rugby John Mitchell also made changes to his pack.

Jano Venter will start at No.8 in his first run-on appearance since moving from Ellis Park, with Nic de Jager moving to the openside to replace injured Shaun Adendorff.

Matthys Basson, who came off the bench against Griquas, will start at tighthead, with Dayan van der Westhuizen this time adding some punch off the bench, while Pierre Schoeman also starts at loosehead in place of Lizo Gqoboka.

Marco van Staden was also added to the bench for a first potential appearance this season.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (captain), 12 John Jackson, 11 Rabs Maxwane, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Jano Venter, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic De Jager, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Matthys Basson, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Tim Agaba, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Manie Libbok, 22 Johnny Kotze.

Date: Saturday, September 16
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Egon Seconds 
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Damon Murphy 
TMO: Willie Vos

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