Changes are coming down in Bulls country, at long last. One wonders if they’ll be enough to see off the Highlanders this weekend?
Reports coming out of Pretoria suggest that the embattled Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke, looks set to bench a number of high profile non-performers, in the hope that the hungry youngsters he picks in their stead will put in better performances. Lock forward Danie Rossouw and blindside flank Pedrie Wannenberg seem to be the main culprits.
An exciting loose trio of Deon Stegmann, Wikus van Heerden and Pierre Spies seems to be on the cards, while young Willhelm Steenkamp looks likely to partner Bakkies Botha at lock. Prop Werner Kruger looks set to come in at tighthead, with the experienced Rayno Gerber demoted to the bench.
In the backline, we have already reported that Fourie du Preez will be out, replaced by young Heinie Adams. His partner will be Morné Steyn, as Derick Hougaard (himself under an injury cloud) joins his namesake Francois on the bench.
Zane Kirchner is also struggling and should he fail to be passed fit, look for the exciting Tiger Mangweni to make his Super 14 debut for the Bulls.
Probable Bulls team
Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Heini Adams, Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden (capt), Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Derick Kuun, Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: Bandisa Maku, Jaco Engels, Rayno Gerber, Danie Rossouw, Pedrie Wannenburg, Francois Hougaard, Derick Hougaard.
UPDATE – The BBRU have announced the side to play the Highlanders this weekend and it is exactly the same as the Probably team above.Tweet