Burger: Stegmann vital for Bulls
Cape Town - Stormers flank Schalk Burger has heaped praise on Bulls counterpart Deon Stegmann ahead of their Super Rugby derby at Newlands on Saturday.
It will be Burger's job to be a menace on the ground - an area where Stegmann has proved himself over the years.
Stegmann boasts 88 Super Rugby caps for the Bulls and will be key to his side's cause.
"The Bulls' loose trio is very well balanced when Deon plays. He is a big asset for them and it's tough to contain him for 80 minutes," Burger told Netwerk24.
"Deon is a wonderful guy off the field, but aggressive and competitive on it."
Despite being tasked to guard Stegmann, Burger said he would still be able to play a ball carrying role.
"In general play I'll still be able to be creative. When play is more structured, that's when they are strong on defence - and that's when he have to play more towards the ball. We let ourselves down in that regard in our last game against the Force."
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Newlands is scheduled for 19:10.
Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende,
11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen
(captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Eben
Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff
16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20
Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones
Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan
Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Pierre
Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant
Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan
Strauss, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Morne
Mellet, 18 Arno Botha, 19 Lappies Labuschagne, 20 Akona Ndungane, 21
Tian Schoeman, 22 Jurgen Visser, 23 Trevor Nyakane