Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke
Venter to replace injured midfielder Jan Serfontein
when he named his
side to take on the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
Serfontein injured his knee in the Bulls win over the Sharks last week.
Venter, who came off the bench earlier in the season when the Bulls beat
the Stormers 22-17 at Loftus Versfeld, has recovered from a groin
operation and will be rearing to go.
Jano Vermaak is also back in the number nine jumper following Francois
Hougaard’s ankle injury and the 102-match veteran’s place on the bench
will be taken by Rudy Paige.
The suspension of Wilhelm Steenkamp opened the door for 19-year-old
Jacques du Plessis, who could make his debut for the Bulls after
he was included as replacement-lock.
“We have one more box to tick to reach our goal of finishing top of the log after regular play,” Ludeke said on Wednesday.
“I am pleased to include someone like Swys (Venter) as he has proved
himself at this level and will be itching to play after a successful
recovery from his groin operation. We are all very excited for Jacques.
He has been training with us all season and he will be very keen to use
this opportunity. Jano’s form has earned him a Test cap this season, so
he will be keen to stamp his authority on the match,” Ludeke said.
According to Bulls captain, Dewald Potgieter, his team will have
to make a step-up in their approach and execution if they want to beat
the Stormers and finish the season top of the log.
“We did not react well in certain situations when placed under pressure
last weekend and will have to improve on that. The Stormers have
momentum and the home crowd on their side and this being the big
North/South derby we will have to front up. It is fair to say that this
will be our biggest test this season.”
Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn
Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Jacques
Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner
Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling
16 Callie Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Morné Mellet, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20
Jono Ross, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Jürgen Visser