Pretoria - Bulls fullback Jesse Kriel says the team will be
brace for a tough challenge against the Lions here on Saturday.
The Lions have the bragging rights, having picked up 22-18
victory over the Bulls in Johannesburg last month. It was a close contest
between the two teams, which was decided by a try at the death by hooker Armand
“Akker” van der Merwe.
Another exciting South African derby is expected at Loftus
Versfeld, where the Bulls will host the men from Johannesburg, who are on a
five-match winning streak.
Kriel realises the challenge.
“The Lions and Bulls competed in a great game of rugby at
Ellis Park. This time, we will be playing in Pretoria, so you can expect us to
be really up for it,” Kriel told MyPlayers.co.za.
“When it comes to South African Super Rugby derbies, there
are no easy games. And the Lions are on a massive high at the moment. We just
need to remain focused and play our game to put ourselves in a position for
Kriel added that the Bulls will be looking to improve
following their performance against the Stormers last weekend, which saw them
suffer a close 15-13 defeat.
“We lost against the Stormers, but overall, we’re happy with
our form in Super Rugby this season,” said Kriel. “We’re playing a good brand
of rugby, and when we play to our potential, we’re effective.
“We just need to improve this weekend against the Lions, and
hopefully, I can contribute value where possible.”
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Loftus Versfeld is scheduled
15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12
Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno
Botha, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Victor Matfield
(captain), 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Morne Mellett, 18 Andrew
Beerwinkel, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Pierre Spies, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Burger
Odendaal, 23 Jurgen Visser
15. Marnitz Boshoff, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Harold Vorster,
12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Andries Coetzee, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8.
Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco
Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1.
Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18.
Ruan Dreyer, 19. MB Lusaseni, 20. Robert Kruger, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Alwyn
Hollenbach, 23. Courtnall Skosan
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