Visser at fullback for Bulls
Cape Town - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named
Jurgen Visser at fullback in his team to play the Brumbies in a Super Rugby
clash in Canberra on Friday.
Visser will replace Jesse Kriel who has
been named on the bench for the match at GIO Stadium (kick-off 11:40 SA time).
Visser joined the squad on Monday in place
of injured Jan Serfontein and with Kriel recovering from a knee contusion,
Ludeke opted for the 30-times capped fullback to start. This will be a first
start at fullback for Visser since the opening week in February against the Stormers.
Serfontein has been replaced by Burger
Odendaal in midfield.
Up front, there is a return for Adriaan
Strauss, who was rested last weekend, with Callie Visagie moving to the bench,
as well as a first start on tour for Grant Hattingh, who replaces Victor
Matfield at lock. Matfield is rested according to the SARU agreement.
Dean Greyling rotates with Trevor Nyakane
at loosehead prop and Arno Botha swaps places with Jacques du Plessis at the
side of the scrum in the other change to the pack.
"We are well aware of the threat the
Brumbies pose in many positions, so realise that we will have to play to our
full potential if we want to succeed in Canberra," said Ludeke.
"The changes in the team are all
within the squad set-up. Jurgen has played for us many times and will slot in
without ease, while Burger showed his worth earlier in the season. We know that
we need log points if we want this season to still mean something to us and the
team will be going out there determined to achieve what we set out at the
beginning of the season."
Visser, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn
Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno
Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van
der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Dean Greyling
16 Callie Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Jacques du Plessis,
20 Lappies Labuschagne, 21 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 22 Travis Ismaiel, 23 Jesse