SP Marais starts at fullback for Bulls
Pretoria - Vodacom Super Rugby regular SP Marais will start
at fullback for the Bulls when they take on the Southern Kings in Port
Elizabeth in what will be a 37th appearance for the versatile outside back.
This will only be his second game for the Bulls though after
the former Southern Kings (8 caps) and Sharks (27 caps) player came off the
bench in the win against the Cheetahs last weekend.
Marais takes over from Jesse Kriel, who returns to the
midfield to partner Jan Serfontein. Kriel moves to outside centre, with
Serfontein moving to the inside berth left vacant by the injury to Burger
Jesse Kriel’s twin brother, Dan, moves on to the bench and
could make his Super Rugby debut should he take to the field.
Rudy Paige is also out injured and Piet van Zyl will start
at No 9 for the first time this year, with Ivan van Zyl remaining on the bench
as back-up scrumhalf.
In changes to the pack, Arno Botha returns to the No 8
position, replacing Nic de Jager, while Lappies Labuschagne is back in the
starting pack. He replaces Roelof Smit, who moves to the bench.
In another change, Trevor Nyakane will start, with Lizo
Gqoboka dropping out.
Two new faces on the bench is Marvin Orie and Werner Kruger.
Orie comes in for Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg and Kruger takes the seat vacated
"There is no doubt that the Kings will be tails
up," Bulls coach Nollis Marais said when he announced the team in Pretoria
"They really deserved the win against the Sunwolves, a
team we battled to put away. So with that as measure, it is clear that we will
have to play very well if we want to leave Port Elizabeth with a win. We showed
good grit last weekend against the Cheetahs, but will have to be more
consistent at this level. We are playing in spurts and our second half effort
Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss, feels that the Kings will
target the Bulls scrum.
"No doubt. We did not do well in that department last
weekend, while they did very well, so will see an opportunity to attack us
there. We worked hard to fix the issues we had and I am confident that we can
repel that attack. We have some weapons of our own and intend to use
15 SP Marais, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan
Serfontein, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7
Jannes Kirsten, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel
van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Werner
Kruger, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer,
23 Dan Kriel