Pretoria - Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais has named Jacques
du Plessis at lock for Friday night’s Currie Cup semi-final against Western
Province at Loftus Versfeld (19:10 kick-off).
Du Plessis was a late withdrawal to the team that edged the Pumas
25-24 in Nelspruit last weekend, but is ready to take his regular No 4 spot in
RG Snyman, who replaced Du Plessis for the Pumas match,
moves back to the bench for his regular role as impact player, but his
replacement in Nelspruit, Jason Jenkins, retains his spot on the bench.
Jenkins will take over from Ruan Steenkamp as the fourth
loose forward as Marais opted for more bulk and size coming from the bench.
“This is what we trained for, to put ourselves in a position
where we can win the Currie Cup,” said Marais.
“A semi-final is a difficult match. You play to win and
survive, but it does not mean a trophy yet. You have to go and do it all over
again a week later. But, if you lose, your season is over. We are determined
not for that to happen to us.”
Blue Bulls captain, Lappies Labuschagne, feels that the Blue
Bulls proved they are good enough to win this match.
“We have won one match each in our clashes this year, but I
believe we got enough out of those matches to feel that we can win. They are a
very dangerous side and have some of the best runners in the country in their
team. That said, we also carry some big guns in our team and that is why we are
able to host this match in front of our fans. We will leave nothing out there,
that is a guarantee.”
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12
Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Arno
Botha, 7 Lappies Labuschagne (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Marvin Orie, 4
Jacques du Plessis, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 RG Snyman,
19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 William Small-Smith
15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Dillyn Leyds, 13. Johnny Kotze, 12.
Juan de Jongh (captain), 11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Nic
Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 5. Ruan
Botha, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Wilco Louw, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Chris
van Zyl, 19. Jurie van Vuuren, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Huw