Kriel at fullback for Bulls
Pretoria - Bulls coach Nollis Marais has moved Jesse Kriel to fullback for their Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs at
Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.
Kriel, who started at centre in the win against the
Sunwolves last weekend, replaces Warrick Gelant, who has been ruled out of
action due to a broken jaw sustained in the same match, in a revised back
Travis Ismaiel returns to the starting team as right wing,
with Jamba Ulengo replacing Bjorn Basson on the left. Basson is injured.
Jan Serfontein will return to the midfield to link up with
Burger Odendaal. His place on the bench will be taken by SP Marais. The former
Southern Kings and Sharks player could debut for the Bulls if he takes to the
Marais also bracketed Arno Botha and Nic de Jager at the
back of the scrum. Lappies Labuschagne is back to full fitness and is named on
the bench pending Wednesday afternoon’s training session, with De Jager as
possible cover, should Labuschagne pull out.
Scrumhalf Piet van Zyl has been released to the Currie Cup
team for match fitness and Ivan van Zyl will deputise at scrumhalf.
Marais believes his team is due a solid performance.
“We have to get it right. We are battling to put together 80
minutes of rugby at a time. We have been lucky so far that it did not come back
to bite us, but we cannot continue like that if we have title ambitions. We
need to sustain our first half effort and the players are very aware of that.”
Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss, is expecting another tough
and typical local derby.
"The Cheetahs will be pumped to come here and beat us.
This is one of their big matches of the year and if we cannot repel their
enthusiasm and commitment by producing our own 80 minute effort, we will be in
trouble. Luckily, the team is very aware of that. We are playing at home and
have the expectations of our fans, but also the drive from within the team to
deliver a good performance."
15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12
Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno
Botha/Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason
Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre
Schoeman, 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20 Lappies Labuschagne, 21 Ivan van
Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 SP Marais