Bulls unchanged for Brumbies
Cape Town - Bulls coach Nollis Marais has named an
unchanged team to face the Brumbies in the GIO Stadium in Canberra on Friday in
his side's second match of their Australian trip.
The Bulls started their tour
with a solid win over the Force in Perth last Friday.
There is one change on the bench, with Dan
Kriel getting his first run on tour and Dries Swanepoel dropping out of match
Jason Jenkins has not recovered from his
niggle and was not considered, but Bjorn Basson overcame an ankle sprain and is
fit to face the Australians.
"We had a good start and I was
pleased with the way we played in Perth, but it all begin again this
week," Marais said.
"The Brumbies are one of the
powerhouse teams in Australia and will ask different questions to our attack
and defence. They are playing good rugby and we need to be sharp. I am pleased
that we have the same team, as it means that we will go into the match with
some consistency and momentum."
Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss,
confirmed his team's goals for this tour.
"We did play well last weekend, but
we cannot really afford to sit back and enjoy that as the Brumbies will be
coming at us from the start," he said.
"Canberra can be a difficult place to play, but we
have won there before. The team are gelling nicely and I am looking forward to a
good match where we will try to be competitive in all aspects of play. The
Brumbies are going to test all aspects of our play, so we need to be ready to
The match starts at 11:45 SA time on
15 SP Marais, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dan Kriel