Bulls rest their Boks in Tokyo

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:37

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Bulls coach Nollis Marais has given starts to Tian Schoeman and Jannes Kirsten for the first time this season.

The Bulls face the Sunwolves in a Super Rugby Round Seven clash in Tokyo on Saturday.
 
Schoeman will start in place of Handré Pollard, who along with Jesse Kriel, are being rested as part of the agreement with Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

Kriel's spot at fullback goes to Warrick Gelant.

Up front, Jannes Kirsten will start in place of injured Ruan Steenkamp, Hanro Liebenberg returns at No.8 and takes over from injured Arno Botha and Jason Jenkins will partner Rudolph Snyman at lock, with Lodewyk de Jager falling out the match 23 with a quad strain.
 
Martin Dreyer, who replaced John-Roy Jenkinson on tour, will take over from Jacobie Adriaanse on the bench, while Jacques Potgieter, Ivan van Zyl and Franco Naude, who also arrived from South Africa earlier in the week, will all play off the bench.
 
Potgieter has been named the back-up lock, Van Zyl will cover for the injured Piet van Zyl and Naude will cover the midfield and outside backs.

Francois Brummer, who joined the team in New Zealand already, will back up Tian Schoeman.
 
Young Hendré Stassen (pencilled in alongside Jaco Visagie for the No.19 jersey), joined the team this week after being in camp with the Junior Boks, is also a possible debutant off the bench.
 
Marais was adamant that his side will not let their heads drop, following two defeats on tour.
 
"We showed massive improvement against the Chiefs and I am pleased with that," the coach said.

"We always knew how difficult this tour would be, but with all the injuries, it proved even tougher than expected.

"A win over the Sunwolves is no given, but if we continue the upward trend shown in New Zealand, we will be in with a serious chance to win," he added.
 
The coach was well aware of the huge amount of travel by his team, but feels this is not detrimental.
 
"The Sunwolves have to travel a lot as well and as they have shown when they last played us and the Cheetahs, this should not be a burden if managed properly."
 
Captain, Adriaan Strauss, also took the number of changes in his stride.

"It is what it is, we knew we had to rest some of our Springboks at some stage and injuries are always part of the game," Strauss said.

"That said, I am excited to have the new guys in the team, as they bring a new energy to the party and will be keen to show what they are capable of.

"This will be another new venue for us, but at least we know what to expect from the Sunwolves.

"They will play with passion and pace, something we will need to match if we want to return home with a win under the belt."
 
Strauss will extend his South African record for most appearances as a hooker in the Super Rugby tournament.

He will play in his 136th match.

Franco Naude could make his Bulls and Super Rugby debut should he take to the field. The former Garsfontein High School player represented the Junior Springboks in 2016.

Hendré Stassen could make his Bulls and Super Rugby debut should he take to the field. The former Dr EG Jansen High School player is currently part of the Junior Springboks training squad.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jaco Visagie/HendréStassen,  20 Jacques Potgieter, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Franco Naude.
 
Date: Saturday, April 8
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14.15 (07.15 SA time; 05.15 GMT)
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Akihisa Aso
TMO: Minoru Fuji

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 25 November 2017
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 12h45 Welford Road
Bath v Harlequins 12h45 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Edinburgh
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 17h30 AJ Bell Stadium
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Liberty Stadium
Zebre v Munster 13h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Fri, 01 December 2017
Kings v Edinburgh 17h15 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Dragons v Ulster 18h35 Rodney Parade
Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks 18h45 Sixways
Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28