Bulls move Pollard again

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:20
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard will change positions again, as the Bulls prepare to tackle the Reds in the first match of their Australasian Super Rugby tour.

Handre Pollard, who played at inside centre in the loss to the Lions last week, returns to flyhalf for the encounter in Brisbane on Saturday.

Pollard played at inside centre in place of the injured Bulls captain Burger Odendaal, who remains sidelined with a rib injury he sustained in their opening match against the Hurricanes.

With Pollard at No.10, Johnny Kotze will play at inside centre against the Reds.

There is also a return to the starting line-up for Warrick Gelant, who missed the opening round with a knee injury. He replaces Divan Rossouw at fullback.

Rossouw will join Marnitz Boshoff (who made way for Pollard's return to flyhalf) on the bench.

Up front, Bulls coach, John Mitchell, moved Nick de Jager to No.8, with Hanro Liebenberg moving to the side of the scrum, in place of Thembelani Bholi - who drops out of the match 23 altogether.

Jason Jenkins will take De Jager’s place on the bench.

Jenkins will make his first appearance in this year’s competition when he takes to the field.

The coach also added Trevor Nyakane to the bench in place on Conraad van Vuuren.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Nick de Jager, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Divan Rossouw.

Date: Saturday, March 10
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 18.45 (08.45 GMT; 10.45 SA Time)
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: William Houston (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

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