Bulls hooker Malatse Chilliboy Ralepelle will finally take the field for the Bulls, after almost a year on the sidelines. Admittedly, it’ll be with the Bulls Vodacom Cup side, but you have to start somewhere!
Chilliboy missed most of last year’s season after damaging knee ligaments in the early stages of the Super 14. He will apparently only feature for 40 minutes on Friday, when the Blue Bulls take on the SWD Eagles in George. Former Shark Sangoni Mxoli and lock Fudge Mabeta join Ralepelle in a Bulls tight five that has a far more ethnic look than is customary in Pretoria. Great strides are being made and one must take one’s hat off to what is being achieved at Loftus in terms of transformation, particularly at lower levels of competition.
Hilton Lobberts will continue his battle to prove that he deserves a spot in the Super 14 group and look out for recently converted prop, Bandise Maku, who will take over from Chilliboy at hooker in the second half. Former SA under 21 and Sharks lock Wouter Moore is not even in the 22, though.
Of interest to the Bulls brain trust will be the performances of SA u-19 halfback pair Francois Hougaard and Francois Brummer. The latter is a born-and-bred Pretoria boy, having attended Waterkloof Hoër. His scrumhalf moved to Pretoria from the Cape in the off season.
Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tiger Mangweni; Luvuyo Mhlobiso, Stephan Dippenaar, Stefan Watermeyer, Rocco Jansen; Francois Brummer, Francois Hougaard; Okkie Kruger, Pieter Meyer (capt), Hilton Lobberts, Fudge Mabeta, Hendrik Roodt, Dean Greyling, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Sangoni Mxoli.
Reserves: Bandise Maku, Rassie Van Vuuren, Juandre Kruger, Carel Hoffman, Ruan Snyman, Ruan Boshoff, Johan Jackson.Tweet