Cape Town - The Blue Bulls will take on the EP
Kings at Loftus Versfeld on Friday bolstered by the return of RG Snyman at
Snyman, one of the stars for the Bulls in the Super Rugby season,
came off the bench last weekend in the defeat to the Free State Cheetahs and
showed he recovered fully from the injury sustained while playing for the SA 'A'
side against the England Saxons in June.
Snyman comes in for Jason Jenkins, himself
now an injury victim. Jenkins suffered a knee injury in Bloemfontein.
Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais also
have a fully fit again Lizo Gqoboka to his disposal and the loosehead prop
will start in the No 1 jersey in place of Pierre Schoeman, who moves to
Marais made one change to the backline as
well. Duncan Matthews will start at fullback in place of Ulrich Beyers.
On the bench, Jacobie Adriaanse could make
a first appearance for the Blue Bulls, whilst Irne Herbst will fill the vacancy
left by Snyman's promotion.
"We have a certain way we want to
play against the EP Kings and named a team accordingly," Marais said.
"They are unpredictable as a team, so
we will have to be sharp and focused. And expect the unexpected. We will,
however, make sure we play the way we want to play and execute well, rather
than dwell too much on how the opposition will play."
Blue Bulls captain, Arno Botha,
said the team is looking for some consistency.
"We certainly had a dip in standards
last week. We are playing at home again and that brings an edge to any Blue
Bulls player, but we also have to be more consistent than last week. Soft
moments certainly cost us in Bloemfontein. It went well in training, so we are
keen to get back on the winning horse again."
15 Duncan Matthews, 14 Jamba Ulengo,
13 Burger Odendaal, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno
Botha (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Entienne
Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre
Schoeman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Andre Warner,
22 Joshua Stander