The final Currie Cup match, and curtain raiser for the Boks game later this evening, the Bulls host the Sharks at Loftus.
The Bulls have made a few changes to their team, with Dewald Potgieter starting after missing last week and Johann Sadie getting his first taste of Currie Cup action this year. The forward pack is one of the more experienced units in this year’s Currie Cup, and should be difficult for the Sharks to get the upper hand.
The Sharks themselves have made a few changes, with Meyer Bosman ruled out through injury and replaced by the evergreen Marius Joubert. In the front row, Monde Hadebe makes his first start in the Black and White, and will come under pressure from the big Willie Wepener from early in this match.
This will be an epic clash, but I fear the Sharks will lose their unbeaten tag this evening, with the Bulls pack simply too strong for the inexperienced Sharks unit.
Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Rudi Paige, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Jan Serfontein
Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Marius Joubert, 11. S’bura Sithole, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Jacques Botes, 7. Jean Deysel (Captain), 6. Francois Kleinhans, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Monde Hadebe, 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Julian Redelinghuys, 18. Jandre Marais, 19. Lubabalo “Tera” Mtembu, 20. Brynard Stander, 21. Cobus Reinach, 22. Gouws PrinslooTweet