Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has retained his backline for a fourth consecutive match and has included Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez on the bench for Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld.
Du Preez has fully recovered from his hand injury, however, JP Joubert, who played very well in the first three rounds, retains the No 9 jersey, while Du Preez will, in all probability, be unleashed in the second half.
Du Preez replaces the SA Under-20 scrumhalf Francois Hougaard.
Vodacom Cup flyhalf Burton Francis is also on the bench following Derick Hougaard’s shoulder injury, and Tiger Mangweni, who has been in great form recently, has retained his place with a fit Zane Kirchner again on the bench.
Ludeke opted for Rayno Gerber as his tighthead against the Cheetahs with Werner Kruger on the bench. He said at the weekly press conference at Loftus on Wednesday that Kruger had been playing good rugby in recent matches, “but props need to play and that is why I am going to start with Rayno. Werner played for 50 minutes in the first few games and now it is Rayno’s chance to play for 50.”
Kruger together with Bandise Maku, Francois van Schouwenburg and Namibia flanker Jacques Burger will be the four forwards on the bench.
Ludeke said it is important that the Bulls become more consistent and that is why the backline has been retained.
Tiger Mangweni, Akona Ndungane, Marius Delport, Wynand Olivier, John Mametsa, Morne Steyn, JP Joubert, Pedrie Wannenburg, Wikus van Heerden (captain), Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Danie Rossouw, Rayno Gerber, Derick Kuun, Jaco Engels. Reserves: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, Francois van Schouwenburg, Jacques Burger, Fourie du Preez, Burton Francis, Zane Kirchner.Tweet