Three team announcements in one handy thread!
First up the Bulls. Frans Ludeke has named all of his returning Boks, including Bryan Habana, in a formidable looking starting line-up. Pedrie Wannenberg and Wayne Julies have both been dumped from the squad, which sees Pierre Spies at eighthman in a pacy loose trio. Marius Delport is back at outside centre, while Guthro Steenkamp is one of three front-rankers on the bench.
Bulls to face the Sharks:
15 Tiger Mangweni; 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana; 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez; 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Jaco Engels.
Reserves: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Dewald Potgieter.
Lions coach Eugene Eloff has had to do some re-shuffling in his team, as Willem Alberts is out injured and Janno Vermaak suspended. Ernst Joubert comes in at 8, but Baywatch Grobbelaar retains the captaincy. Chris Jonck is at scrumhalf and former Free State and Bulls winger Trompie Nontshinga gets a start on the left wing.
In a bizarre move, there is no scrumhalf cover on the bench.
Lions to face the Valke:
15. Jaco van Schalkwyk, 14. Michael Killian, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Doppies la Grange, 11. Trompie Nontshinga, 10. Earl Rose, 9. Chris Jonck, 8. Ernst Joubert, 7. Franco van der Merwe, 6. Cobus Grobbelaar (Capt), 5. Gerhard Mostert, 4. Anton van Zyl, 3. Lawrence Sephaka, 2. Willie Wepener, 1. Heinke van der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Ethienne Reynecke, 17. Ross Geldenhuys, 18. Derick Minnie, 19. Justin Wheeler, 20. Walter Venter, 21. Louis Strydom, 22. Rayno Benjamin
The Valke have also named their team, with coach Rudy Joubert forced to reshuffle his forward pack thanks to a bout of flu. Former Sharks Wouter Moore and Jody Jenneker both came down with the sniffles this week and as a result, neither player will start. New Sharks signing Len Olivier continues at flyhalf, while Johan “Spear Tackle” Swartz is back from his three-week suspension.
Valke vs. Lions:
15 Johan Jackson; 14 Dewald Pretorius, 13 Ernie Kruger, 12 Hanno Coetzee (capt), 11 Johan Swartz; 10 Len Olivier, 9 Poerie van Rooyen; 8 Sean Plaatjies, 7 Johan de Bruin, 6 Warren Perkins, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Ruhan van Jaarsveld, 3 Nico Pretorius, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Gavin Whittingham.
Reserves: 16 Jody Jeneker, 17 Frik Venter, 18 Wouter Moore, 19 Reg Muller/Emile Verster, 20 Gerrie Odendaal, 21 Showan Smith, 22 Jeff Perkins.