Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 coach Nollis Marais made six changes to his starting team for their Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship clash against the Cell C Sharks in Pretoria on Saturday, adding Marvin Orie and Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg to the pack.
Both forwards played for the Vodacom Bulls in the pool stages of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.
Orie will start at lock and Janse van Rensburg at flank in the reshuffled pack that demolished Border 143-0 in last weekend's season opener.
Marais also picked new props, giving current Junior Springboks Dayan van der Westhuizen and Pierre Schoeman starting berths and moved Kobus Marais and Jacques Rossouw from the bench into the starting team.
The team to face Cell C Sharks at Loftus B on Saturday at 15h30 is: Jacques Rossouw, Kafentse Mahlo, Marquit September, Dan Kriel, Jade Stighling, Kobus Marais, Carlo Engelbrecht, Jannes Kirsten, Nicholaas Janse van Rensburg, Ruan Steenkamp (c), Marvin Orie, Irne Herbst, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Arno van Wyk, Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: Jan Enslin, Neethling Fouche, Chris Massyn, Carel Swart, Andre Warner, JP Smith, Ganfried May.
Van der Merwe to boost Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-19
Junior Springbok winger Duhan van der Merwe has been included in the Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-19 team to face the Cell C Sharks in the Absa Under-19 Provincial Championship in Pretoria on Saturday.
The inclusion of the winger, ahead of Keanan van Wyk, will offset the loss of the injured Warrick Gelant, who like Van der Merwe represented South Africa at the recent Junior World Championship in New Zealand.
Philip Orffer, who played wing in last week's win over the EP Kings, will replace Gelant at fullback, with Molapo Nkosinathi taking over on the wing.
In the pack, Calvonn Allison will start at flank after playing off the bench last weekend.
The team to face the Cell C Sharks on Saturday at 13h45 at Loftus B is: Philip Orffer, Molapo Nkosinathi, Jurie Linde, Adrian Maebane, Duhan van der Merwe, Dewald Human, Ivan van Zyl, Hanro Liebenberg (c), Calvonn Allison, Martin Groenewald, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Johan van Wyk, Francois Steyn, Stefaan Grundelingh. Replacements: Vuyo Khatide, Njabula Gumede, Matthys Basson, Burger van Niekerk, Menzi Nhlabathi, Remu Malan, Wyatt Murphy, Adriaan Louw.