Vodacom Blue Bulls looking for three in a row
The Vodacom Blue Bulls are looking for a third consecutive win in the Currie Cup Qualifying competition when they face the Hino Valke at Loftus Versfeld on Friday. The match kicks off at 17h00.
Following good wins over the Down Touch Griffons and Cell C Sharks in recent weeks, coach Hendre Marnitz will approach the clash against the Valke with some confidence. The starting team is boosted by the inclusion of Tony Jantjies at flyhalf, with the experienced pivot moving from the bench to run the ship.
"We are finally getting to play the rugby we are capable of," Marnitz said.
"There is no doubt that the Valke will be very competitive, so we need to be switched on from the start if we want to keep that winning streak."
The team to play the Valke is: Divan Rossouw, Kefentse Mahlo, Dan Kriel, Marquit September, Jade Stiglingh, Tony Jantjies, Andre Warner, Hanro Liebenberg (c), Ruan Steenkamp, Roelof Smit, Marvin Orie, Abongile Nonkontwana, Entienne Swanepoel, Jan van der Merwe, Nqobisizwe Mxoli. Replacements: Alandre van Rooyen, Andrew Beerwinkel, Ruben van Heerden, Nic de Jager, Ivan van Zyl, Tinus de Beer, Alcino Izaacs.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls under-19 team has also being named, with Heino Bezuidenhout leading the team for their first encounter of the Under-19 season.
They face the Free State Cheetahs as 15h00 at Loftus Versfeld
The team is: Lourens Steenkamp, Ciaran Dayaram, Heino Bezuidenhout (c), Jordan Holgate, Irvin Ali, Andre Swanepoel, Joshua Allderman, Dylan van der Walt, Jaco Bezuidenhout, Eduan Lubbe, Hendre Stassen, Marius Verwey, IG Prinsloo, Johan Grobbelaar, Gerhard Steenekamp. Replacements: Luvuyo Ndevu, Simpiwe Matanzima, Tiny Mukhari, Erik Groenewald, MJ Hayes, Jason Olivier, Erich Cronje, Sentle Lehoko.