Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has named an unchanged starting fifteen for the third week running as his charges prepare to take on Western Province in Cape Town this weekend.
Gary Botha again captains the side from hooker, while rookie props Corne Fourie and Rossouw de Klerk will want to build on a far stronger showing against the Cheetahs last week. Both players were hugely disappointing at scrum time against the Sharks in week 1.
Flyhalf Francois Brummer was another who raised his game at Loftus after going missing at Kings Park the week before, but outside of him, the backline lacks experience, with only Bok discard Akona Ndungane and Gerhard van den Heever having played regularly at Super Rugby level. Scrumhalf Lohan Jacobs and lock Warrick Tecklenberg come onto the bench to replace Ruan Snyman and Okkie Kruger respectively, in the only changes to last week’s match 22.
Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Dustin Jinka, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derrick Kuun, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Fudge Mabeta, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Gary Botha (capt), 1 Corne Fourie
Reserves: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Warrick Tecklenberg, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois “Wynand” Venter