Bulls stick with all-Bok centre pair

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:52

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springboks centre pair Jesse Kriel and Jan Serfontien will continue their partnership for the Bulls when their face the Sharks on Saturday in Round 15 of the Super Rugby. 

Kriel missed the Springboks second Test against France after he suffered a concussion. However, the 23-year-old recovered fully and don the number 13 jersey - ahead of Lions' Lionel Mapoe - for the final Test this past weekend.

His partner Serfontain had a remarkable Test Series and will wear the No.12 jersey for only the second time in this season.  

The Bulls have been battered with injuries which has forced head coach Nollis Marais to refurbish his side.

Handre Pollard's recent injury setback, Tony Jantjies gets the pivotal role, while Tian Schoeman takes a seat on the bench.

Other force changes in the backline see regulars Jamba Ulengo and Trevis Ismail replaced by Duncan Mathews and debutant Kefentse Mahlo. The duo have an opportunity to put in a noteworthy performance out wide.

The other two debutants in 23-man squad are Andre Warner and Shaun Adendorff, which will win their first Super Rugby cap if they make an appearance from the bench.

Marais made two changes to the starting pack. Nick de Jager is promoted off the bench and will start at No.8 in place of injured Hanro Liebenberg.

Rudolph Snyman is also available again following his suspension and will combine with Jason Jenkins with Lood de Jager been ruled out with a groin injury.

"We have a lot to play for still. The guys want to finish the season strong and as you can expect from a local derby, will be desperate to win this one against the Sharks, so we are pretty keen to get going again.

"Our Springboks are in good nick. We are really blessed in the midfield [in terms of the return of Kriel and Serfontein]" Marais said.

Commenting on the three debutants, Marais stated:

"We have three debuts this week, it is always good for the guys coming in, but obviously you want to field your strongest and experienced side.

"But it is what is its is, the guys just have to prove themselves and show they can play on that level,"

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Kefentse Mahlo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten , 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 RG Snyman , 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka , 18 Johnroy Jenkins, 19 Shuan Adendorff, 20 Renaldo Bothma, 21 Andre Warner , 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 Tian Schoeman

Date: Friday, June 30
Venue: King Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

 

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Sat, 24 February 2018
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
Crusaders v Stormers 06h35 Christchurch
Sharks v Waratahs 13h05 Kings Park
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Lions v Jaguares 47 | 27
Waratahs v Stormers 34 | 27
Crusaders v Chiefs 45 | 23
Sunwolves v Brumbies 25 | 32
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 1 1 0 0 5
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 1 0 0 4
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 1
Reds 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 5
Highlanders 1 1 0 0 4
Blues 1 0 0 1 1
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 2 2 0 0 9
Stormers 2 1 0 1 5
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 2 0 0 2 0