Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 team to face log leaders
The Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 team will be looking to improve their fourth place on the Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship log on Saturday when they face DHL Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
WP is unbeaten this year and leading the division log and coach Nollis Marais is well aware of the challenge that awaits his team.
"We need to be more accurate on defense and more direct on attack if we want to beat WP," Marais said. "We learned valuable lessons from our previous encounter and I am sure we can overturn the result from our last match at Newlands."
Marais moved Duncan Matthews to fullback and Ganfried May to wing for this clash, as well as starting with JP Smith at scrumhalf and Jan Enslin at hooker. Both played off the bench in last weekend's win over the Leopards. A fit again Roelof Smith also returns to the side via the bench.
The team to play WP at 12h40 is: Duncan Matthews, Ganfried May, Dan Kriel, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Jade Stighling, Kobus Marais, JP Smith, Clyde Davids, Jannes Kirsten, Ruan Steenkamp, Marvin Orie, Irne Herbst, Wilco Louw, Jan Enslin, Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: Nqobisizwe Mxoli, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Dennis Visser, Roelof Smit, Carlo Engelbrecht, Simon Bolze, Jacques Rossouw.
Results in 2014:
11 July: Border (Pretoria) won 143-0
19 July: Cell C Sharks (Pretoria) won 53-25
01 August: Toyota Free State (Pretoria) won 24-10
09 August: Xerox Golden Lions (Johannesburg) lost 30-14
16 August: DHL Western Province (Cape Town) lost 21-28
23 August: Leopards (Pretoria) won 38-20.
Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-19 named for WP
The Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-19 side for Saturday's Absa Provincial Championship clash against DHL Western Province at Loftus Versfeld, show a number of changes to the side that beat Leopards last weekend.
There are five changes to the starting team and six to the bench.
Jinx Molapo (wing), Adrian Maebane (centre), Ivan van Zyl (scrumhalf), Jason Jenkins and Njabula Gumede will all start in this match, while Xander van Wyk, Abongile Nonkontwana, Denzel Hill, Theo Maree, Simon Bolze and Dimitrio Tieties will play off the bench.
The team to play WP at 13h00 is: Wyatt Murphy, Jinx Molapo, Jurie Linde, Adrian Maebane, Duhan van der Merwe, Dewald Human, Ivan van Zyl, Hanro Liebenberg (c), Calvonn Allison, Menzi Nhlabathi, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Matthys Basson, Jan van der Merwe, Njabula Gumede. Replacements: Desmond Stramis, Xander van Wyk, Stefaan Grundelingg, Abongile Nonkontwana, Denzel Hill, Theo Maree, Peet Schoeman, Keanan van Wyk.
Results in 2014:
11 July: EP Kings (Pretoria) won 29-17
19 July: Cell C Sharks (Pretoria) won 33-18
01 August: Toyota Free State (Pretoria) lost 11-12
09 August: Xerox Golden Lions (Johannesburg) won 36-11
16 August: DHL WP (Cape Town) lost 16-11
23 August: Leopards (Pretoria) won 52-27.