Bulls revamped for Province visit

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:22

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Loose forwards Tim Agaba and Marco van Staden will earn first starts in a revamped Blue Bulls loose trio.

The Bulls face Western Province in a Currie Cup Round 12 match in Pretoria on Sunday.

Agaba and Van Staden both played off the bench against the Sharks last weekend and will slot in as flanks, with Nic de Jager moving to No.8, after an injury Jannes Kirsten picked up last weekend, forced the re-shuffle.

Jano Venter will start off the bench and provide cover for the locks as well.

Blue Bulls Executive of Rugby, John Mitchell, also added a fit-again Johannes Prinsloo to the matchday squad as loose forward cover.

Dayan van der Westhuizen is also fit again and will cover the front row from the bench.

In the only change at the back, Tony Jantjies comes in for Handré Pollard (who is in the Springbok squad that face the Wallabies in Bloemfontein on Saturday) and will play off the bench.

The match against their traditional foes from the south will also bring up 50 Currie Cup matches for Marnitz Boshoff and Edgar Marutlulle.

The flyhalf also played for the Golden Lions and Griquas in the competition before and Marutlulle represented the Leopards and Golden Lions earlier in his career.

Mitchell did not harp on having yet another loose forward combination.

"We have been really hampered with injuries amongst our loosies, but it does give the next player a chance to show what he can do and it will be like that again with Marco and Tim starting for the first time.

"Nic has played at No.8 this season, so should not have any problems in that role."

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (captain), 12 John Jackson, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Edgar Marutlulle,  1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

Date: Sunday, October 1
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 14.30 (12.30 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Egon Seconds

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