The Bulls have named a very experienced team to face the Lions in the opening round of the Super Rugby season, to be played at Coca Cola Park on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Frans Ludeke is able to select 15 players who beat the Stormers in the final of the 2010 Super 14 final, with the only new face in the team being that of new acquisition Bjorn Basson. The team has a combined 1059 caps to its name, with captain Victor Matfield having 109 of them! As mentioned earlier, Fourie Du Preez will play in his 100th Super Rugby game.
The Bulls will have a strong forward pack, with the world’s best lock pairing playing together for who knows how many matches now, behind a front row of big boys in Steenkamp, Botha and Kruger. The loose forwards have in them Springboks aplenty with Stegmann and Potgieter flanking and big Pierre Spies at the back.
The backline sees the return of the General, Fourie du Preez, pairing with Morne Steyn to make a formidable combination in the halfbacks. Wynand Olivier partners relatively new Stephan Dippenaar in the centres with Jaco Pretorius injured. The back three sees flyers van den Heever and Basson partnering with Zane Kirchner in a fast and furious combination of attack and pace.
The substitutes has a mixed bag of experience and youth, with Danie Rossouw having more than a 100 caps in Super Rugby sitting next ot Rossouw de Klerk, Ruan Snyman and Francois Brummer, each with only 1 cap. Chiliboy Ralepelle and Jaco van der Westhuyzen complete the bench.
The Bulls team (Super Caps in brackets) is:
Zane Kirchner (40), Gerhard van den Heever (17), Stephan Dippenaar (12), Wynand Olivier (71), Bjorn Basson (9), Morne Steyn (73), Fourie du Preez (99), Pierre Spies (56), Dewald Potgieter (31), Deon Stegmann (39), Victor Matfield (109), Bakkies Botha (86), Werner Kruger (42), Gary Botha (73), Gurthro Steenkamp (66)
Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle (19), Rossouw de Klerk (1), Danie Rossouw (102), Derick Kuün (56), Ruan Snyman (1), Francois Brummer (1), Jaco van der Westhuyzen (56).Tweet