Ruan Pienaar has been named to start at flyhalf for the Bok dirt-trackers against Leicester on Friday night. This is despite being used only at scrumhalf in the Currie Cup. Sharksworld has been lead to believe that Pienaar no longer sees himself as a flyhalf option…
In a pretty strange team that look very different to the one many pundits expected, a number of players who were expected to make the test lineup, including star openside Heinrich Brussow, have been named to start against Leiceser. The absence of Schalk Burger’s name would indicate that he might just be primed for a start at openside against France, with Ryan Kanokwski possibly slotting in at 7.
Gurthrö Steenkamp joins Jannie du Plessis in a front row that also contains hooker and captain Chilliboy Rallepele. Bulls utility Danie Rossouw will start at lock, together with Andries Bekker, while Dewald Potgieter and Ashley Johnson complete the loose trio.
Pienaar’s halfback partner will be the Bulls’ Heini Adams, while the exciting Juan de Jongh will be outside Wynand Olivier in the centres. Both wingers, Odwa Ndungane and Jongi Nokwe, are already capped Boks, while everyone’s favourite, Earl Rose, will be in the number 15 jersey.
On the bench, Heinke van der Merwe will cover the front row, with the uncapped trio of Bandise Maku, Alistair Hargreaves and Davon Raubenheimer all sure to come on at some stage. Bulls utility back Francois Hougaard will be the scrumhalf reserve, while the Cheetahs’ Meyer Bosman (a capped Bok) and Griquas fullback Riaan Viljoen make up the balance.
Springbok team: 1 Gurthro Steenkamp, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (Captain), 3 Jannie du Plessis, 4 Danie Rossouw, 5 Andries Bekker, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 8 Ashley Johnson, 9 Heini Adams, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 12 Wynand Olivier, 13 Juan de Jongh, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 15 Earl Rose.
Reserves: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Alistair Hargreaves, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Riaan Viljoen.