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Brits and Jenkins back in Bulls team for Crusaders

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Vodacom Bulls coach has not waste any time to select Schalk Brits and Jason Jenkins in his starting team for the important clash with the Crusaders.

Brits have done his time for the handbags in Durban a few weeks ago and Jenkins are fully fit again after his injury.

Jenkins will partner with RG Snyman in the second row while Brits will get straight into the front row with fellow Springbok Trevor Nyakane and Lizo Gqoboka.

Jannes Kirsten will move from the second row to the number seven jumper in place of Liebenberg who is injured.

Van Zyl drops out of the match day squad with Warner starting and Embrose back on the bench as part of Human rotation policy.

Odenaal is also back in place of Sage and he will partner with Kotze in the midfield.

Human welcomed the return of his two Springboks in the pack.

Schalk has been itching to play for the last couple of weeks and he will be very keen. Jason also recovered well and looked very sharp in training.

Both are players of international standard, so it is great to have them back. Our pack will need to step up to the plate if we want to contain the Crusaders and these two are certainly capable of adding to that.”

Vodacom Bulls captain, Handré Pollard, said they are determined to end this phase of the tournament on a strong footing.

We travel overseas after this and will only be back at Loftus next month, so this is a very important match for us. We need to do well here in order to maintain our log position and to get some momentum for the tour. Everyone realises what is at stake,” he said.

Team: 15. Warrick Gelant (41, 70), 14. Cornal Hendricks (34, 55), 13. Johnny Kotze (40, 45), 12. Burger Odendaal (50, 20), 11. Rosko Specman (7, 20), 10. Handré Pollard (c; 55, 573), 9. André Warner (14, 15), 8. Duane Vermeulen (118, 50), 7. Jannes Kirsten (26, 10), 6. Marco van Staden (19, 15), 5. RG Snyman (42, 15), 4. Jason Jenkins (46, 35), 3. Trevor Nyakane (101, 15), 2. Schalk Brits (69, 20), 1. Lizo Gqoboka (47, 15)

Replacements: 16. Jaco Visagie (40, 5), 17. Simphiwe Matanzima (10, 5), 18. Wiehahn Herbst (43, 0), 19. Thembelani Bholi (36, 6), 20. Paul Schoeman (28, 35), 21. Embrose Papier (19, 5), 22. Manie Libbok (12, 33), 23. Divan Rossouw (20, 15)

(**with Vodacom Super Rugby caps and points)

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