The Bulls have named a frighteningly strong team to take on the Sharks at Loftus.
Captain Wikus van Heerden returns at blindside flank, with Deon Stegmann continuing to operate on the open side. Last week’s 7, Danie Rossouw, moves into the second row to partner Willhelm Steenkamp. Francois van Schouwenburg is the man to lose out, and he will occupy the reserve lock spot on the bench, with Fudge Mabetha dropping out of the match 22 altogether.
Pedrie Wannenberg will continue at the back of the scrum, but last weekend’s anti-hero Hilton Lobberts has been dropped fro the squad. The Bulls have opted for only 4 forward reserves this week and have brought in Namibian international Jacques Burger to cover the loose forward positions from the bench.
The backline remains unchanged from the one that did duty against WP, so JP Joubert and Morné Steyn will continue as the halfbacks. There will be a welcome return for Derrick Hougaard and Zane Kirchner, who have both been named on the bench after recovering from various aliments. Francois Hougaard retains the number 20 jersey, with Burton Francis joining Okkie Kruger as the other members of last week’s 22 to miss out.
Here is the side:
15 Mangweni, 14 Ndungane, 13 Delport, 12 Olivier, 11 Mametsa, 10 Steyn, 9 Joubert, 8 Wannenberg, 7 van Heerden (capt), 6 Stegmann, 5 Steenkamp, 4 Rossouw, 3 Kruger, 2 Kuün, 1 Engels
16 Maku, 17 Gerber, 18 van Schouwenburg, 19 Burger, 20 F Hougaard, 21 D Hougaard, 22 Kirchner