Reading that headline, you’ll be forgiven for experiencing a “well, d’uh!” moment! It’s kind of stating the obvious, I’d think…
Anyway, in an interview with Beeld’s Christo Buchner after the Bulls secured a place in Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final, Sharks coach John Plumtree confirmed that any thought of continued rest and recuperation for his Bok players would now go out of the window. Reading between the lines, you’d fancy that if Plum and his charges had found themselves coming up against Griquas again, or perhaps even the Cheetahs, they may have continued with a more conservative selection approach.
The Bulls, though, at full strength and brimming with confidence after their win against the Lions with weekend, will allow no such gamble.
Expect Beast Mtawarira, Craig Burden and Jannie du Plessis to start in a completely re-jigged front row, with Willem Alberts also set to be added to the starting forward pack, although whether he does indeed come in as a straight swap for the in-form Jean Deysel remains to be seen. Plumtree may opt to use Alberts at lock, much as he did in the Super Rugby knock-out phase, however harsh that might be on Jandre Marais.
The only expected backline change should see Lwazi Mvovo start at wing, in place of the injured Odwa Ndungane.Tweet