Bulls shift Bok to Under-21s
Jan Serfontein (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - The Blue Bulls' exit out of the Currie Cup competition has come as a welcome bonus for the Under-21 side, who face their own semi-final this weekend, reports the supersport.com website
Junior coach Nollis Marais has the luxury of using the services of lock Paul Willemse
, flank Jacques du Plessis, flyhalf Handré Pollard and midfielder Jan Serfontein for the playoff game.
The four are still under 21 - and in Pollard and Du Plessis’ case - still under-19 - and therefore qualify to play for the Blue Bulls Under-21 side, who grabbed the home semi-final by beating the Cheetahs 29-27 in their match in Bloemfontein on the weekend.
The bonus will strengthen the Bulls squad but there is a debate whether the likes of Serfontein - who three weeks ago faced the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship - should be playing rugby at all and not resting for the Springboks’ end of year tour.
The move also means the Under-19 team, which topped the national log, is set to get players back who were elevated to Under-21 status in the quartet’s absence.
The Blue Bulls Under-21 team face the Sharks Under-21 side in their semi-final on Saturday at 15:00. The Under-19 team face the Leopards’ at 13:00. Both games are at Loftus Versfeld and entrance is free.