Gelant misses Chiefs clash, Odendaal returns for Bulls
Cape Town -
Midfielder Burger Odendaal and flank Ruan Steenkamp return to the Bulls' run-on team against the Chiefs at Loftus
Versfeld on Saturday as coach Pote Human made minimal changes to his team's
fifth Super Rugby match of the season.
Kick-off is at 15:05.
The return to fitness for both regular starters results in
Dylan Sage and Tim Agaba moving to the bench and Paul Schoeman dropping out of
the squad altogether.
Eli Snyman, who missed the win against the Sharks two
weeks ago, has also regained fitness and will take his place on the bench.
Divan Rossouw also comes straight into the starting line-up at fullback for the
injured Warrick Gelant.
Handré Pollard retains the captaincy.
Human said it was important to keep on rewarding good
performances, but the experience of Odendaal (45 matches) and the ability of
Steenkamp as breakdown specialist was needed for this clash against the Chiefs.
"Both Burger and Ruan will have very important roles to
play on Saturday as we expect the Chiefs to come from all angles. They have
nothing to lose and we need to be very clinical in certain areas if we want to
contain them," Human explained.
“I expect Dylan and Tim to make significant contributions
when they take to the field later in the match.”
Human said the squad is doing well.
"I am happy with the improvement and growth we have
shown so far in the competition. It is still early days, but we managed to tick
some boxes in the first month of the competition. The New Zealand challenge
will test us in different ways though."
For Pollard, the Chiefs remain a very tough opponent.
"They have this ability to make things look so easy at
times and are very quick to turn defence into attack. Their ability to score
from anywhere is assisted by a sound first phase game, so this is going to be a
huge challenge for us."
The captain, who scored a try against the Chiefs last year,
called on the Loftus faithful for support.
"They cannot play on our behalf, but having a full
Loftus behind you, does give the squad a lift. It would be nice to have a good
crowd in, there can be no doubt that it is going to be a very entertaining
15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Jason Jenkins, 4 Hanro Liebenberg, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Eli Snyman, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Dylan Sage