Cape Town - Ivan van Zyl and Dayan van
der Westhuizen will make first starts for the Blue Bulls Currie Cup
team this season on Friday, when they host Pumas at Loftus Versfeld.
Van Zyl made two appearances
off the bench since returning from the Springboks' Rugby
Championship squad and takes over from Andre Warner, who will contribute off
the bench this time around.
Van der Westhuizen made three appearances off the bench
so far in the competition and will start in place of injured Trevor Nyakane.
Conraad van Vuuren comes in on the bench.
Blue Bulls coach,
Pote Human, also welcomes back Johnny Kotze in the midfield, where he will
partner Franco Naude, with JT Jackson missing out.
The team will again be
captained by Hanro Liebenberg, who recovered from the flu that forced a late
withdrawal from last weekend's clash against Griquas in Kimberley.
His return results in Jano Venter dropping back to the bench and Thembelani
Bholi dropping out of the match day squad.
“The Pumas are well-drilled
and have shown in recent years that they always keep their best performances
for when they play us. We need to be sharp and will have to defend better than
last week, when we conceded 40 points in Kimberley.
“That said, the win was
important for us as we had to guts it out. Playing at home will be another
motivation, as we lost our previous home game and owe our supporters a good
showing,” said Human when he announced the team.
Liebenberg is pleased to be
back and leading the charge.
“It is never nice to miss out, but credit to all
who really excelled last weekend. The win was important, not only for the log
position, but also our momentum and we must continue with that determination.
The Pumas guys are a tough bunch and we need to focus on our game and make sure
we play at our pace and pattern,” said Liebenberg.
15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (captain), 7 Nic de Jager, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Hendre Stassen, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Matthys Basson
Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Conrad van Vuuuren, 18 Ruan Nortje, 19 Jano Venter, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Tinus de Beer, 22 Dylan Sage