Ismaiel returns for Bulls, Jantjies out
Cape Town - Former Junior Springboks wing Travis
Ismaiel is back in the Bulls starting line-up that will face the
Southern Kings at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday after recovering from injury.
The 25-year old picked up an injury
against the Crusaders early in May, but takes over his regular spot from
Kefense Mahlo for the match in one of two backline changes to the side that
beat the Sharks in Durban last weekend.
In the other change, Tian Schoeman has been
promoted off the bench and will start at flyhalf in place of injured Tony
There are some new faces on the bench for
this match, with two more players set to make their debut for the Bulls.
Flyhalf Tinus de Beer will provide cover off the bench for Schoeman and
could make a first start in the tournament, while Ruben van Heerden has also
been named in the matchday squad for the first time.
The lock was part of the bronze medal
winning Junior Springboks team in Tbilisi earlier this year and this
progression into the Bulls will be another highlight in his season.
He comes in for Renaldo Bothma, who broke
his arm in Durban last weekend.
Bulls coach Nollis Marais said
the team is determined to finish well at home.
"The result away from home last weekend
was a huge relief. We came close a number of times on the road, but never
played as convincingly as last weekend. The challenge will be to repeat that
performance at home. We have not offered our support base at Loftus much to
cheer about this year, especially by losing our last three matches at home. We
now have two more chances to get it right," he said.
Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss,
"There is massive pride in playing for
this team, even when results did not come our way. We are still a proud group
of players and would love nothing more than building on what we achieved in
Durban," he said.
"The Southern Kings are probably one of the most dangerous teams in the
competition and clearly enjoy playing with and for each other. We are close to
that synergy and I have a feeling it could happen this weekend. If so, the
crowd will be part of an awesome match, no doubt. We do play for ourselves, but
equally so for our supporters. We owe it to them and to ourselves."
Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 RG
Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Conrad van Vuuren, 2 Adriaan
Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 John-Roy Jenkinson, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Shaun Adendorff, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Tinus de Beer, 23 Burger