The Valke have dropped flyhalf Len Olivier for Friday night’s clash against the Blue Bulls in Brakpan for the versatile Riaan “True Blue” Smit.
IOL reports that Smit will again take up the flyhalf reigns with Olivier dropping to the bench after a scintillating display a fortnight ago against Western Province.
Valke coach Rudy Joubert has also recalled suspended winger Johan Swartz and moved the speedy Nicky Kritzinger back to fullback.
Currently contracted Blue Bulls players – winger Dewald Pretorius and outside centre Johan Jackson – will get an opportunity to impress against their employers.
Valke coach Rudy Joubert has also opted to bring back another Blue Bulls player, flanker Emile Verster, for his physical presence against his former team-mates. He replaces Reg-Hack Muller, who drops down to the bench after injuring an ankle.
A decision on big Wouter Moore, the fourth member of the Bulls quartet on loan to the Valke, will be made later this week. Moore is a vital member of the squad, and should he not play, Reg Perkins will keep his place in the Starting XV.
He will be joined by the rugged Ruhan “Chabal” van Jaarsveld, a Sebastian Chabal look-alike who won’t give an inch against a physical Bulls side.
Big Lungelo Payi has also been pencilled in on the bench as cover for Moore.
Valke: Nicky Kritzinger; Dewald Pretorius, Johan Jackson, Hanno Coetzee, Johan Swartz; True Blue Smit, Gerrie Odendaal; Sean Plaatjies, Emile Verster, Warren Perkins, Ruhan van Jaarsveld, Wouter Moore/Reg Perkins, Nico Pretorius, Ryno Barnes, Gavin Whittingham.
Reserves: Jody Jeneker, Frik Venter, Lungelo Payi/Reg Perkins, Reg Muller, Straatkat van Zyl, Len Olivier, Jeff Perkins/Mpho Matsaung. -