Bulls give Matfield a break
Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke
made three changes to his starting pack of forwards for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Lions at Ellis Park (17:05 kick-off).
Jacques Engelbrecht moves from the bench to start at No 8, with Grant Hattingh
moving to lock in place of Victor Matfield
, who is rested.
In another rotational swop, Marcel van der Merwe will start at tighthead prop, with Werner Kruger
playing off the bench.
Wimpie van der Walt replaces Engelbrecht on the bench, where there is also a return for Louis Fouché. The flyhalf will replace Handré Pollard, who is captaining the Junior Springboks in New Zealand. William Small-Smith
is also back after illness and replaces Ulrich Beyers
on the bench.
Ludeke confirmed his team's desire to make the playoffs.
"We have to win every remaining match, so are keen to keep on the winning track. It will also be important for us to go into the break with some momentum. We have made some minor changes and I believe we will be competitive against a team that will be very dangerous at home. We cannot afford to let them dominate the pace of the match or the style of play," said Ludeke.Teams:Lions:
15. Coenie van Wyk, 14. Courtnall Skosan, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Chrysander Botha, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Ross Cronjé, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Rudi Mathee, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corné Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Willie Britz, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Deon van RensburgBulls:
15 Jurgen Visser
, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht
, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson
, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard
, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross
, 5 Grant Hattingh
, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie
, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi
, 17 Werner Kruger
, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Paul Willemse
, 20 Wimpie van der Walt, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Louis Fouché, 23 William-Small Smith