Basson boosts struggling Bulls
Bjorn Basson (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - The return of Currie Cup record try scorer Bjorn Basson will boost the Blue Bulls ahead of their Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Basson, who holds the record for most Currie Cup tries in a season (21), has been released by the Springboks for this match and will start on the left wing, where he replaces Sampie Mastriet
It is one of four changes to the backline that started against Western Province last week. Clayton Blommetjies
rotates with Jurgen Visser
at fullback for his first start of the season, while Ulrich Beyers
is fit again and will start ahead of Waylon Murray
. At flyhalf, Tony Jantjies
replaces the injured Handré Pollard.
Bulls coach Pine Pienaar
also recalled his most experienced lock, Wilhelm Steenkamp
, to the starting pack and a fit-again Werner Kruger
will start at tighthead, with Frik Kirsten
on the bench. Bandise Maku
also makes a first start this season.
Regular Blue Bulls Under-21 hooker, Jaco Visagie, has been included on the bench and could make his debut if called upon.
Pienaar admitted that his side is approaching this match as a play-off.
"We have to. If we lose, it will become very, very difficult to make the top four, it is as simple as that. We know we are a better team than this, but we need to prove it to ourselves and our fans. So this is a make or break weekend for us."
Kick-off is at 17:05 on Saturday.Teams:Blue Bulls:
15 Clayton Blommetjies
, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers
, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tony Jantjies
, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross
(captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg
, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp
, 4 Paul Willemse
, 3 Werner Kruger
, 2 Bandise Maku
, 1 Morné Mellett.
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten
, 18 Grant Hattingh
, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht
, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 William Small-Smith
, 22 Jurgen VisserGolden Lions: