The Bulls are ready for their Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.
While the Bulls are getting ready to travel overseas after this match, 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 on the Bulls’ official website.
Bulls team and injury news
Springboks, Schalk Brits and Jason Jenkins, are back in the Bulls pack for their clash against the Crusaders.
Brits has served a four-week suspension and will start at hooker, while Jenkins is fit again following injury.
They replace Jaco Visagie and Jannes Kirsten respectively, with Visagie dropping to the bench and Kirsten moving into the No 7 jersey in place of injured Hanro Liebenberg.
The duo’s return resulted in Bulls Head Coach, Pote Human, making two changes in the pack, as well as two in the backline.
In a rotational change Ivan van Zyl drops out of the match 23 and will be replaced by André Warner at scrumhalf in the starting team, while Warner’s place on the bench is taken by Embrose Papier.
Burger Odendaal, who was a late withdrawal from last weekend’s clash against the Waratahs, has been declared fit and he will start at centre in place of Dylan Sage, who drops out of the match day squad altogether.
Odendaal and Kotze will man the midfield against the New Zealand outfit.
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Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard (c), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw
Crusaders team and injury news
Following their 21-all draw against the Sharks last Friday night, head coach Scott Robertson has named an unchanged forward pack from the side that took the field in Christchurch, and Matt Todd will again captain the team in the absence of Samuel Whitelock.
In the backs, Richie Mo’unga and Ryan Crotty return at first five-eighth and second five-eighth respectively, which sees Mitch Hunt and Braydon Ennor move to the reserves and Jack Goodhue switch back to centre.
The final change is at fullback, where David Havili starts in place of Will Jordan, who didn’t travel to South Africa due to a foot injury sustained in the Sharks match.
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty (c), 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor
Kick off time
Friday, 10 May at 19:10 (SAST).
TV & Live Stream
The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).
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