Bulls name side for Boland clash v Stormers
Pretoria - Lock RG Snyman and flank Roelof Smit will both start for the Bulls when they tackle the Stormers in a pre-season friendly in Wellington on Saturday.
Snyman has returned from his club duties in Japan and Smit, who proved his fitness off the bench last weekend against the Sharks in Polokwane, will both be keen to make an early statement to Bulls coach John Mitchell.
The duo represented the Springboks against the Barbarians in 2016 in a match played in London and both could play significant roles in the Bulls pack as Mitchell moulds his squad for the forthcoming Super Rugby tournament.
The coach made a number of rotational changes to the side that played the Sharks in Polokwane last weekend, with the halfback pairing of Andre Warner and Marnitz Boshoff starting and Embrose Papier and Manie Libbok reverting to the bench.
Only Divan Rossouw (fullback), the midfield pairing of captain Burger Odendaal and Johnny Kotze, loose forward Hanro Liebenberg and lock Ruben van Heerden has been retained from the starting team, with a host of players who came off the bench in Polokwane now getting a run-on opportunity in the Wellington clash.
"A number of players who did not start last weekend get a change to do so this week and will get some valuable game time under the belt," Mitchell explained.
"We are still building towards the start of the competition and our performance will be work in progress towards that. We know we are playing against a very capable side, but that is the whole purpose of matches like these. There is nothing on offer, but so much to learn for both sides."
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 16:00.
Bulls team line-up:
Divan Rossouw, 14 Andell Loubser, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal
(captain), 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Andre Warner, 8
Jano Venter, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Ruben van
Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman
16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Lood de
Jager, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Thembelani Bholi, 22 Embrose Papier, 23
Manie Libbok, 24 JT Jackson, 25 Dries Swanepoel, 26 Jade Stighling, 27
Coetzee, Jan de Klerk, Stephan de Wit, Johan du Toit, JC Janse van
Rensberg, Steven Kitshoff, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Salmaan Moerat,
Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, JD Schickerling, Chris van Zyl, Kobus van
Dyk, Cobus Wiese.
Barry, Damian de Allende, Dewaldt Duvenage, Dan Kriel, Eduan Keyter,
Dillyn Leyds, Justin Phillips, Sergeal Petersen, Raymond Rhule, Josh
Stander, EW Viljoen, George Whitehead, Damian Willemse