Vodacom Blue Bulls change three for WP
Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar made three changes to his side that will play DHL Western Province in an Absa Currie Cup Premier Division match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.
Ulrich Beyers is back in the starting team at outside centre, swopping places with Waylon Murray, who moves to the bench. At scrumhalf, Rudy Paige start in place of Ruan Snyman, who has moved to France.
Lohan Jacobs is the replacement nine. Pienaar also swopped Jacques Engelbrecht and Jacques du Plessis, with the latter now starting and Engelbrecht being used as impact player.
Dean Greyling will also make his first appearance in the competition and was picked as replacement prop.
“We did well last weekend and would like to build on that momentum,” Pienaar said.
“As we had real no injuries, it made sense to play with the same group of players, but I have made some tweaks that I believe will create the necessary spark for us,” Pienaar said.
Captain Jono Ross added: “We gave ourselves a chance to get into a play-off spot last week, but that will only be worthwhile if we can repeat that type of performance. We lacked consistency this far, so will have to be very focused on starting well and building a decent performance.”
The team is: Jürgen Visser, Sampie Mastriet, Ulrich Beyers, Francois Venter, Akona Ndungane, Handré Pollard, Rudy Paige, Jono Ross (c), Jacques du Plessis, Wiaan Liebenberg, Grant Hattingh, Paul Willemse, Frik Kirsten, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Marcel van der Merwe. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Dean Greyling, David Bullbring, Jacques Engelbrecht, Lohan Jacobs, Waylon Murray, Clayton Blommetjies.