Pretoria - Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais has named his team
for their Currie up clash against Griquas at Loftus Versfeld on Friday (19:10
Marais named the same run-on side which thrashed the Free
State Cheetahs 57-19 in Bloemfontein last weekend.
Marais only made one change on the bench, where a fit-again
Dayan van der Westhuizen will replace Nqoba Mxoli, who will return to the
Even though the side will have the benefit of a solid
performance against the Free State Cheetahs behind them, Marais will be keen to
see more improvement in their first home match of the competition.
“We would like to improve every week. We did some satisfying
things last weekend and I was quite pleased in the way we created and finished
off try-scoring opportunities. Some elements of our game was not good though
and we will be looking to get better in those areas,” said Marais said.
“Griquas will be a different challenge this week. They are direct
and abrasive in the forwards and have some very good playmakers at the back.
Our defensive effort will have to be top notch.”
Skipper Lappies Labuschagne urged his troops to maintain
their urgency in all areas of play.
“We have the belief that we can make this a great season,
but we will be tested again when we play Griquas, who can be a very difficult
opponent. They have some experienced campaigners in their side and we will have
to front up. We are also very excited about our first home game of the campaign
and hope for a good crowd that we don’t want to disappoint.”
15 Warrick Gelant,14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 William Small-Smith,
12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8
Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Lappies Labuschagne (captain),6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Marvin
Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen,
18 RG Snyman, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dries