Ndungane, Basson return for Bulls

Date published: September 9 2014

The Blue Bulls have recalled Springbok wings Akona Ndungane and Bjorn Basson for Friday's clash with EP Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke recalled Springbok wings Akona Ndungane and Bjorn Basson to his team to face the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

They replace Sampie Mastriet and Jamba Ulengo from the starting team that beat the Golden Lionslast weekend and are two of three changes to the back-line.

In another rotational move, Piet van Zyl will start at scrum-half, with Rudy Paige moving to the bench.

Ludeke selected the same starting pack that excelled against the Golden Lions.

He did tweak his bench though with William Small-Smith coming back into the matchday as a replacement for Ryan Nell. Bandise Maku will also deputise for Bongi Mbonambi with Callie Visagie rested.

Tian Schoeman is bracketed with Tony Jantjies, who will undergo a fitness test before departure to Port Elizabeth.

Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (c), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Basil Short, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies/Tian Schoeman, 22 William-Small Smith.

Date: Friday, September 12
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Christie du Preez, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Jason Jaftha