Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has named fit-again flanker Jacques du Plessis in his starting lineup to face Western Province.
Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has named fit-again flanker Jacques du Plessis in his starting lineup to face Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.
This round two match in the Currie Cup Premier Division will see two new faces in the Blue Bulls starting pack after losing their season opener against the Golden Lions.
Du Plessis comes in at flank after recovering from a broken jaw sustained in a pre-season match, with Jono Ross moving to number eight and replacing Jacques Engelbrecht, who moves to the bench with Wiaan Liebenberg dropping out of the match 22.
In the front row, Marcel van der Merwe will start at loosehead in place of injured Dean Greyling, who is suffering from a calf strain.
Van der Merwe's place on the bench will be taken by Hencus van Wyk.
Ludeke admitted that his team will face an uphill battle at Newlands, but is adamant they will be seeking victory in Cape Town.
“We identified the first two away matches of the campaign as huge obstacles in our way and last week was indeed that,” said Ludeke.
“We've buried last week's performance and now focus on what we can deliver against a very competent Western Province side. We know only too well that this is a massive opportunity for us to show our character and drive for success.”
Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Marcel van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Hencus Van Wyk, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel.
Date: Saturday, August 16
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Kickoff: 14:00 (local, 12:00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Quinton Immelman
TMO: Jason Jaftha