The Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke opted for Danie Rossouw at flank for Saturday’s clash at Newlands against the WP.
Rossouw comes in for the injured Wikus van Heerden and will play in a loose trio alongside Pedrie Wannenburg and Deon Stegmann.
Ludeke said at the weekly press conference at Loftus on Wednesday that it is a huge plus that Rossouw is available for the match. “Players with experience like Danie, Wynand Olivier, Akona Ndungane and Pedrie Wannenburg are a luxury in the Currie Cup and they strengthen the team considerably.
“They are the guys that can keep their head under pressure and they tend to make the line-breaks and finish off the moves. It is never pleasant not to be involved with the Springboks, but they will contribute a great deal to our cause.”
Ludeke did not make any other changes to his starting XV that beat the Lions, but on the bench Francois Hougaard takes the place of Ruan Snyman, while Okkie Kruger will be the fifth forward on a 5-2 bench.
Hougaard was part of the Bulls Super 14 campaign and was immediately recalled on his return from the Under-20 World Cup.
Kruger was outstanding in the Vodacom Cup and his call-up a just reward for his consistent performances in the past few months.
Tiger Mangweni; Akona Ndungane, Marius Delport, Wynand Olivier, John Mametsa; Morne Steyn, JP Joubert; Pedrie Wannenburg, Danie Rossouw, Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Francois van Schouwenburg, Werner Kruger, Derick Kuun, Jaco Engels. Reserves: Bandise Maku, Rayno Gerber, Fudge Mabeta, Hilton Lobberts, Francois Hougaard, Burton Francis, Okkie Kruger.Tweet