The coach of the Vodacom Bulls Frans Ludeke has named Wynand Olivier at inside centre for Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 final against the Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld but it remains to be seen whether the Springbok midfielder will recover in time.
The Bulls official website reports that Olivier run (sic) with the team on Tuesday morning and Ludeke is optimistic about his recovery but a final call will only be made later the week.
The Bulls’ first option is to play Olivier and Jaco Pretorius in the midfield but if Olivier does not recover Pretorius will again partner Marius Delport with the young talented Gerhard van den Heever on the bench.
Ludeke has otherwise left the team that ensured a home final unchanged and he said at the weekly press conference that was held at Loftus on Tuesday that the team is looking forward to the clash against the Chiefs.
“It is a great opportunity to play in a final at Loftus and we are excited about the challenge that awaits us.
“We have prepared well and the team is focused on the job at hand.”
The captain Victor Matfield added that you never know when the opportunity to play in a home final will emerge again and this is one of the reasons why the Bulls are going to put in a massive effort on Saturday.
“It is a new game and anything can happen, but we know that we need to play for the full 80 minutes against a team such as the Chiefs. What we have done in the round robin stage of the competition means nothing in a final, but we will definitely use that foundation on Saturday. We must have a great work ethic from the first to the last minute and grind out the right result.
“It is all about using and creating opportunities and absorbing the pressure that comes with a game like this.”
Vodacom Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner; 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Jaco Pretorius/Marius Delport , 12 Wynand Olivier/Jaco Pretorius, 11 Bryan Habana; 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez; 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Substititutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Marius Delport/Gerhard van den Heever.