The Blue Bulls will have two Springboks in the front row when they play the Lions in a Currie Cup rugby match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.
Gurthrö Steenkamp, who has been released from the national squad, will be at loosehead prop in the starting line-up and Chiliboy Ralepelle will take over at hooker from Bandise Maku during the second half.
Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that it will be Steenkamp’s first Currie Cup match of the season. He has been on Springbok duty all year.
Ralepelle will be on the bench for the second successive week because Derick Kuün’s hamstring injury could keep him out of action until next week’s match against Griquas.
Team doctor Org Strauss has said the Bulls will take no chances with Kuün.
The Bulls will have a week’s break after the Griquas match, which will give Kuün enough time to be at his best when Western Province play here on August 22.
Coach Frans Ludeke said at the training session on Monday it was sad whenever any player lost his place in the national squad but Steenkamp’s presence would be extremely valuable to the Blue Bulls.
No ill effects
Steenkamp will replace Jaco Engels in the run-on team.
Akona Ndungane, who was withdrawn from the starting line-up shortly before the start of the match against the Falcons last Friday, showed no ill effects from his bout with the flu when he trained on Monday. He should replace Rocco Jansen on the wing.
Ludeke said players who had not seen Currie Cup action this season would be put through their paces in practice matches on Wednesday and during the next few weeks.
Among these are centre Wayne Julies and scrumhalf Heini Adams.
A team consisting of promising juniors will play the union’s amateur team on Wednesday. The amateurs are unbeaten in the national competition this season.
The two other practice matches for the borderline players are against Tukkies, who will represent the Bulls at the national club championships at Stellenbosch next month.
The university team successfully defended their Carlton Cup title for the first time since 1988 when they beat the Tshwane University of Technology 38-18 in the final.Tweet