Cape Town - Bulls coach Nollis Marais
named a number of young stars in his team to play the Cheetahs in Harare
on Saturday in a Super Rugby warm-up match.
Kick-off is at 15:00.
The likes of Divan Rossouw, Dan
Kriel, Jason Jenkins and Hanro Liebenberg all played age group rugby in 2015
and now get the chance to show their mettle in the senior ranks.
The team will be lead by lock Marvin Orie, with Springbok scrumhalf Piet van Zyl
Marais opted for youth, but also picked experienced stalwarts in
Prop Werner Kruger has played in
more than 100 Super Rugby matches and hooker Callie Visagie in more
than 50, whilst former Springbok Van Zyl will provide solid
direction from behind the pack of forwards that also includes Lizo Gqoboka, the
new signing from the EP Kings.
Francois Brummer, who last played
for the Bulls in 2010 and who is on loan from the Pumas, was named on
the bench. Brummer has played for the Cheetahs in recent years, as did flanker
Freddy Ngoza, who played Currie Cup rugby in Bloemfontein last year.
"We had a good camp here in
Zimbabwe and I am pretty excited to see this team play," Marais said.
"Obviously we are not playing the likes of Adriaan Strauss, Handre Pollard, Jan
Serfontein and Jesse Kriel, to name a few, but the guys starting have shown in
training that they have the desire and commitment to play for the Vodacom
"I’ve always firmly believed that any member of the squad should be able
to start at any time, and we’ll be putting this to the test over the next 2
The fact that he coached most of
the players at age group level did help in preparing for the season, Marais said.
"These guys have played for
our junior teams in the recent past and are familiar with our objectives and
desired way of play. I hope we can find our rhythm and structure early on in
the match, as this will help us trying out the things we want to do," he said.
it is the first match of a long season, so there will be mistakes. That is fine
and the guys know they can go out and play."
Bulls team: Divan
Rossouw, Kefentse Mahlo, DriesSwanepoel, Dan Kriel, Jade Stighling, Tian
Schoeman, Piet van Zyl, Hanro Liebenberg, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Freddy
Ngoza, Marvin Orie, Jason Jenkins, Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Lizo Gqoboka.
Jaco Visagie, Pierre Schoeman, Nqoba Mxoli, Irne Herbst, Riekert Hattingh, Ivan
van Zyl, Francois Brummer, JT Jackson, Jamba Ulengo.