Bulls unchanged for Kings
Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named a unchanged starting XV to face the Kings in their first ever Super Rugby clash in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 19:10.
The same run-on team that tackled the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld last week will front up against the Kings, but the return to fitness by Bjorn Basson sees one change on the bench.
Try scoring ace Basson replaces Ulrich Beyers on the reserve bench.
“We had to work very hard for the win against the Cheetahs and we want that momentum carried over into the Kings match,” coach Frans Ludeke explained.
“I am pleased with the way the combinations worked on the night and decided to stick with that. We will need to be very structured and cohesive against the Kings, who will be fired up and spurred on by a sell-out crowd. To have an unchanged team will hopefully offset those early challenges,” Ludeke said.
Vodacom Bulls captain Pierre Spies added: “We had to dig deep and needed all 22 in the squad to beat the Cheetahs, something that will work in our favour when facing the Kings for the first time. We need to focus on our own game and not allow the crowd to get into the match, so need to have a strong start and keep up the effort,” Spies said.
15 George Whitehead, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Waylon Murray,
12 Andries Strauss, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun
Venter, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du
Preez, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1
Substitutes: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Grant Kemp,
18 Rynier Barnardo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21
Marcello Sampson, 22 Siviwe Soyizwapi
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Morne Mellett
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Bjorn Basson