Ludeke changes nine for Reds
Sydney - Injuries and rotation played a major role in Bulls coach Frans
Ludeke’s call to name an almost new side for Saturday’s Super Rugby
clash against the Reds in Brisbane.
An unsatisfactory loss to the Crusaders last weekend also resulted in
at least four players being ruled out of the remainder of the tour and
only six players who started in Christchurch will do so again this
Fullback Zane Kirchner, outside centre JJ Engelbrecht, scrumhalf Jano
Vermaak, No 8 and captain Pierre Spies, flank Deon Stegmann and loose
head prop Morné Mellett are all in the run-on side again.
The return to fitness of Lionel Mapoe and Bjorn Basson will see both
try-scoring aces on the wing, whilst Francois Venter will replace
injured Wynand Olivier at inside centre.
Flyhalf Louis Fouché will also earn a first start in Super Rugby, but
the strappy pivot will be playing in his 15th match at this level.
Record-breaking flyhalf and the most experienced player in the side,
Morné Steyn will play off the bench for the first time in a couple of
Up front, the fit-again Dewald Potgieter takes over from Arno Botha at
No 7, whilst a new lock combination in Grant Hattingh and Paul Willemse
will start for the first time in their Bulls careers.
Both played for the Lions last year.
Regular starter Juandrè Kruger will play off the bench and Flip van der Merwe is injured.
Springbok front row players Chiliboy Ralepelle and Werner Kruger also
returns to the starting team ahead of Willie Wepener and Frik Kirsten.
On the bench, Ruan Snyman replaces the injured Francois Hougaard. Snyman’s only start for the Bulls was in 2010.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ
Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9
Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon
Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy
Ralepelle, 1 Morné Mellet.
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Jan Serfontein.