As expected, the Vodacom Blue Bulls made little changes to their side for the Currie Cup semi-final against the Lions at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, with the injury to star prop Kees Lensing the biggest concern.
Although Lensing has been pencilled into the starting line-up, he might well miss the match, which means a promotion to the starting XV for Wessel Roux, and a call-up for under-21 Harry Vermaas. Lenisng het sy knie beseer tydens Dinsdag se oefening.
The only change to the backline is the return of Akona Ndungane, after a one-week layoff with a dodgy ankle. Andries Human also makes his return to the run-on team.
The little change to the team proves that the Blue Bulls are not considering major changes to their playing style for the semi. As coach Heyneke Meyer stated his side’s style is semi-final style anyway, so they have been preparing for this match from the outset of the season.
Once again a “Park & Ride” Shuttle Service will be operating from Monte Casino to Loftus at half an hour intervals from 13h00 for the Currie Cup Semi-Final on Saturday 15 October 2005. Bus tickets are available through Computicket at R60-00 each which includes free parking at Montecasino and a free “draft” from Cobblestones Pub. Buses leave half an hour after the game.
Vodacom Blue Bulls: Johan Roets; Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Anton Leonard, Pedrie Wannenburg, Jacques Cronjé, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Andries Human, Gary Botha, Kees Lensing.
Replacements: Wessel Roux, Danie Coetzee, Danie Rossouw, Johan Wasserman, Heinie Adams, Derick Hougaard, Riaan van der Bergh.