Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named
two strong teams to take on the Golden Lions' Vodacom Cup side and the Stormers
at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
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The coach included recent recruits - Piet
van Zyl (Cheetahs) and Jacques-Louis Potgieter (France) - in the team that will
face the Lions in the early match of the day, but made it clear that not much
must be read into his selections for these two warm-up matches.
Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield, who
was due to make his return on Saturday, was not included in either of the two
No mention was made as to why he was omitted.
"To have almost everyone fit and able
ahead of our first match is great and we need to thank our medical staff for
that. It does give the coaching staff the luxury of trying different
combinations and that is exactly what we will be looking for in Polokwane,"
“I would like to see both teams playing to
our patterns, as this will make it easier to decide which players will suit our
style best ahead of the season opener next month. To be successful in Super
Rugby, you need a squad though, so I will be looking at both matches with equal
interest," the coach said.
“The players understand the squad principle
and all is keen to contribute towards achieving our goal of winning the 2014
Coach Frans Ludeke, who grew up in
Polokwane, had a luxury of a fit squad and bar prop Morné Mellett, could name
particular combinations for the matches against the Stormers and the Golden
Lions Vodacom Cup teams.
He is also pleased to be back in his old
"We appreciate the effort of everyone
involved in bringing the game to Polokwane, as we try to bring the team to our
fans where possible. One can expect early season jitters, but hopefully we can
give the spectators good value for their money.”
The match will not be shown on TV.
The Bulls team to play the Golden Lions at 15:00:
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13
William Small-Smith, 12 Ulrich Beyers, 11 Jesse Kriel, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Piet
van Zyl, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 David
Bulbring, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Marcel vd Merwe
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Juan
Schoeman, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20 Wiaan
Liebenberg, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Waylon Murray, 24 Ryan Nell, 25
The Bulls team to play the Stormers at 17:00:
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ
Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois
Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant
Hattingh, 4 Flip vd Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Marcel vd
Merwe, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 Ulrich
Beyers, 23 Travis Ismaiel