Potgieter returns for Blue Bulls

Date published: September 4 2014

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Blue Bulls pivot Jacques-Louis Potgieter returns to the starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Golden Lions in Pretoria.

Blue Bulls pivot Jacques-Louis Potgieter returns to the starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Golden Lions in Pretoria.

Potgieter, who replaces Joshua Stander, has recovered from bruised ribs and tonsillitis and is one of five changes to the Blue Bulls back-line for the clash.

The visitors will be tackled with a new back three combination. Ulrich Beyers has been included at full-back, replacing the injured Jesse Kriel, whilst Jamba Ulengo will make his Currie Cup debut on the wing, replacing Akona Ndungane. Sampie Mastriet moves from left wing to right wing.

At outside centre, JJ Engelbrecht returns at the expense of William Small-Smith and at scrum-half, Rudy Paige will start with Piet van Zyl dropping to the bench.

This leaves Burger Odendaal as the only player from the defeat against Western Province to start in the same position.

In the pack, Bongi Mbonambi will start at hooker with Callie Visagie on the bench.

The bench will also see a new face with Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup stalwart Basil Short propping up the bench in place of the injured Hencus van Wyk.

Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Rudy Paige, 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 Callie Visagie, 17 Basil Short, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Ryan Nell.

Date: Saturday, September 6
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Francois Pretorius, Lusanda Jam
TMO: Jason Jaftha

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