The Bulls have named their team to take on the Sharks on Friday and as predicted, Derick Hougaard has got the chop.
In a powerful-looking pack, Bakkies Botha comes straight into the number 4 jersey to partner young Wilheml Steenkamp in the second row. It’s a move that makes sense, as Bakkies adds a hard edge that will be difficult to counter for the Sharks. Danie Rossouw has moved to openside flank and one wonders if the Bulls haven’t missed a trick here. Rossouw certainly isn’t the sort of player I would pick to play 6 under the ELV’s, but only time will tell. Certainly, one can anticipate that the plan is to really put the squeeze on the Sharks at the set pieces.
In the backline, there is a welcome return for Akona Ndungane at right wing, but one feels the Bulls have dropped the wrong guy to make way for him. Poor John Mametsa finds himself benched with the frankly underwhelming Danwel Demas picked to start in Habana’s 11 jumper.
Derick Hougaard and Morne Steyn swap jerseys, with the latter starting the game in the vital pivot position.
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez (capt), 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Danie Rossouw, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp
16 James van der Walt, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Deon Stegmann, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Derick Hougaard, 22 John Mametsa.Tweet