Basson boost for Bulls
Bjorn Basson (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - Bjorn Basson will make a welcome return to the Blue Bulls side to play the Sharks in a Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday (19:10 kick-off).
The wing, who scored a try his only appearance for the Blue Bulls in the competition against the Lions this year, has been released by the Springboks ahead of their Test match against New Zealand in Johannesburg.
Basson comes in at left wing, with Sampie Mastriet
dropping to the bench and Clayton Blommetjies
missing out on selection.
Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar
also made two changes to his front row for this crucial clash against the log leaders.Bongi Mbonambi
will start at hooker and Frik Kirsten
, who recovered from a knee injury, will play as tighthead. Bandise Maku
(bench) and Werner Kruger
(dropped) started against Griquas last weekend.
Pienaar was quite pleased to have Basson back again, but warned that only a total team effort will help them secure a victory.
“We are with our backs to the wall. Last weekend in Kimberley was an important one for us, as it rewarded our good defensive efforts, while it gave confidence to our attack. We will need both those aspects to function again if we want to be competitive against the Sharks,” said Pienaar.
15 Jurgen Visser
, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 William Small-Smith
, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige
, 8 Jono Ross
(captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg
, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Paul Willemse
, 3 Frik Kirsten
, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku
, 17 Dean Greyling
, 18 Grant Hattingh
, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht
, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Ulrich Beyers
, 22 Sampie MastrietSharks:
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Stephen Lewies, 4. Peet Marais, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper 1. Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Danie Mienie, 18. Edwin Hewitt, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Butch James, 22. Louis Ludik