Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made only one change to the side that beat Western Province in a Currie Cup match last weekend for Friday night’s match against the Sharks in Durban.
The call-up to the Springbok side for Wynand Olivier gives yet another Blue Bulls Under-21 player, Stefan Watermeyer, a chance to play in South Africa’s top premier competition, according to a SAPA report on www.sport24.com.
“We have the utmost confidence that Stefan can do the job.” Ludeke said at the team announcement on Tuesday.
“Added to that, we have a 10/12 combination with him playing next to Francois (Brummer). They have played together since their school days.
“Stefan has been knocking on the provincial door for some time now and is playing good rugby. He deserves the chance to show his worth at this level.”
Former Springbok prop Balie Swart, who is regarded as an outstanding scrum coach, spent some time with the Blue Bulls front row on Tuesday to iron out problems that were experienced against WP on Saturday.
“Balie worked mainly on some technical aspects,” Ludeke said.
“We would like to do better than we did against WP. There are one or two areas that went wrong that we focused on this morning (Tuesday).”
Ludeke He emphasised that the scrums was a matter of attitude and focus.
“The players took responsibility (for the average scrumming against WP) and I’m sure they’ll produce a better performance against the Sharks.” Ludeke and captain Derick Kuun said they were aware that a tough game waited in Durban. But as always the coach’s approach was that the Blue Bulls would focus on their own game.
“We will adjust on the field, depending on the questions asked,” was his response to how the Blue Bulls will approach the game depending on whether Guy Cronje or Monty Dumont will be the flyhalf.
Incumbent Cronje could be suspended for a spear tackle against Boland Kavaliers last Saturday.
“It will be a great challenge for the youngsters,” he said of Saturday’s match.
“It’ll be the first time for a few of them in the Shark Tank.”
The team is: Tiger Mangewni, Gerhard van den Heever, Jaco Pretorius, Stefan Watermeyer, Francois Hougaard, Francois Brummer, Heini Adams, Dries van Schalkwyk, Dewald Potgieter, Jacques Burger,Wilhelm Steenkamp, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Derick Kun (capt.), Gurtrho Steenkamp. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Frik Kirsten, Jaco Engels, Fudge Mabeta, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Marius Delport, Marnitz Boshoff.Tweet