Cape Town - Springbok centre Wynand Olivier
is back in the Bulls starting line-up for their Super Rugby clash against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke
, who earlier in the day extended his stay as head coach
, made some minor changes to the team which outplayed the Highlanders last weekend.
According to the Bulls website
, two of the changes are in the backline.Bjorn Basson
returns to the left wing berth and swaps places with Lionel Mapoe, who moves down to the bench. It will also be a milestone for Basson, with the try-scoring ace playing in his 50th Super Rugby match, having also represented the Cheetahs nine times.
Olivier, the most experienced Super Rugby midfielder in the country, is back at No 12, with Jan Serfontein
moving to the bench. Both Serfontein and replacement flyhalf Louis Fouché have niggles and a final call on who will play in Durban will be made later.
Ludeke also refreshed his front row with Werner Kruger
and Dean Greyling returning in place of Frik Kirsten and Morné Mellett. Willie Wepener also rotates with Callie Visagie on the bench.
Reserve scrumhalf Jano Vermaak
will also play his 100th Super Rugby game if he comes on. The former Cats (11 caps) and Lions (62 caps) player will represent the Bulls for the 28th time and become South Africa’s 22nd centurion in Super Rugby.
Kick-off is at 19:10.Teams:Sharks:
15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier
, 11 Bjorn Basson
, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard
, 8 Pierre Spies
(captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter
, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger
, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle
, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak
, 21 Louis Fouché /Jan Serfontein
, 22 Lionel Mapoe