Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has made three changes to the team that beat the Brumbies last week for Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
Jacques Engelbrecht moves from the bench to start at number 8, with Grant Hattingh moving to lock in place of Victor Matfield who is rested. In another rotational swop, Marcel van der Merwe will start at tight head, with Werner Kruger playing off the bench. Wimpie van der Walt replaces Engelbrecht on the bench, where there is also a return for Louis Fouche.
The flyhalf will replace Handre Pollard, who is captaining the Junior Springboks in New Zealand. William Small-Smith is also back after illness and replaces Ulrich Beyers on the bench. Ludeke confirmed his team’s desire to make the play-offs.”We have to win every remaining match, so are keen to keep on the winning track. It will also be important for us to go into the break with some momentum. “
“We have made some minor changes and I believe we will be competitive against a team that will be very dangerous at home. ” “We cannot afford to let them dominate the pace of the match or the style of play,” Ludeke said.
Jurgen Visser , Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Jacques Engelbrecht, Jacques du Plessis, Jono Ross, Grant Hattingh, Flip van der Merwe (c), Marcel van der Merwe ,, Callie Visagie , Dean Greyling
Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Werner Kruger , Morne Mellett , Paul Willemse, Wimpie van der Walt,, Piet van Zyl, Louis Fouche,, William-Small Smith