LIVE

    Changes aplenty for Bulls

    2014-07-08 12:09
    Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke handed flank Roelof Smit a first time starting berth in announcing his team to play the Melbourne Rebels at Loftus Versfeld on Friday (19:10 kick-off).

    Smit debuted for the Bulls from the bench against the Stormers last weekend and now start in the No 6 jersey in one of seven changes to the starting line-up.

    Jurgen Visser is back at fullback, having recovered from an abductor strain that kept him out of the Newlands clash and replaces Ulrich Beyers.

    Francois Hougaard will play on the wing, replacing the injured Akona Ndungane, with Piet van Zyl starting at scrumhalf.

    With Grant Hattingh injured, Jacques Engelbrecht will move back to No 8, Jono Ross moves to 7 and Smit slots in at 6.

    Ludeke also changed his front row. Marcel van der Merwe will start at tighthead, Bandise Maku gets a rare start at hooker and Morné Mellett will start at loosehead for the first time this season.

    They replace Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie and Dean Greyling, who will all start off the bench.

    Ludeke also included Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg on the bench and should he get a run, the Junior Springbok lock will make his Bulls debut. Jesse Kriel is also on the bench for the first time at this level.

    "We have nothing to lose, so decided to give some youngsters a run. Injury also played a role in team selection. We want to end the season well and although our final log position will not be where we wanted, there is no reason why we cannot close out our campaign with a fine performance," said Ludeke.

    Teams:

    Bulls:

    15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jono Ross, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Morné Mellet

    Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Jesse Kriel, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 William-Small Smith, 23 Dean Greyling

    Rebels:

    TBA
    Read More On:  rebels bulls super 15 pretoria rugby

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    46 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    /Sport

    Fixtures

    27 March 2015
    • Hurricanes v Rebels, Westpac Stadium 08:35
    • Reds v Lions, Suncorp Stadium 11:00
    28 March 2015
    • Chiefs v Cheetahs, Waikato Stadium 05:30
    • Highlanders v Stormers, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:35
    • Waratahs v Blues, Allianz Stadium 10:40
    • Sharks v Force, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:05
    • Bulls v Crusaders, Loftus Versfeld 19:10
    03 April 2015
    • Hurricanes v Stormers, Westpac Stadium 09:35
    • Rebels v Reds, AAMI Park 11:40

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Sharks centre Frans Steyn has been found NOT GUILTY of a dangerous tip-tackle against the Chiefs. Your thoughts?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.