Bulls rest top stars for double-header

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:37

SUPER RUGBY PRE-SEASON TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an acute move, Bulls head coach John Mitchell has opted to rest his top stars for the two pre-season matches against Sharks and Lions on Saturday.

The New Zealander opted to make use of his emerging players with the likes of Lood de Jager, Jesse Kriel, Handre Pollard or Warrick Gelant, who all toured with the Springboks to Europe in November, not selected.

For the match against the Sharks in Polokwane, Springbok Adriaan Strauss don the number two jumper. The hooker made a successful comeback to rugby for the Barbarians in November last year after a layoff following the 2017 Super Rugby season.

While Boom Prinsloo will lead the 28-man squad that will travel to Johannesburg to face the Lions in a warm-up match.

The side includes a number of players with Super Rugby experience namely Ulrich Beyers, Dries Swanepoel, Abongile Nonkontwana and Edgar Marutlulle. 

It will also give playing opportunities to a number of exciting youngsters that excelled in the Blue Bulls age group teams last year.

Bulls to face Sharks: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Pierre Schoeman, Conraad van Vuuren, Eli Snyman, Jano Venter, Roelof Smit, Andre Warner, Marnitz Boshoff, Franco Naude, Jamba Ulengo, Duncan Matthews.

Date: Saturday, January 27
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Kick-off: 18.00 (16.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper

Bulls to face Lions: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Irvin Ali, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Heino Bezuidenhout, 11 Andell Loubser, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Ginter Smuts, 8 Boom Prinsloo (captain), 7 Rickert Korff, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Abongile Nonkontwana, 4 Ewan Coetzee, 3 Matthys Basson, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Dewald Maritz.
Replacements: Nqoba Mxoli, John-Roy Jenkinson, Simphiwe Matanzima, Thomas Meyer, Pieter Diergaardt, Adre Smit, Oderich Mouton, Vaughen Isaacs, Lian du Toit, Garrick Matthews, Jerome Bossr, Christiaan Strydom, Earll Douwrie, Gareth Heidtmann.

Date: Saturday, January 27
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

 

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