Two changes for Vodacom Bulls against Blues

Vodacom Bulls coach, Pote Human, named Ivan van Zyl at scrumhalf and flanker Marco van Staden in his starting team for Friday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland.

Van Zyl takes over from Andre Warner and Van Staden comes in at flank for Paul Schoeman, who moves to no8 in place of Duane Vermeulen.

The Springbok no8 returned to South Africa as part of the SA Rugby agreement with contracted Springboks and their franchises.

Jason Jenkins will don the blue jersey for the 50th time.

According to Human, they need to start well against the home side, who have won 11 of their 12 home games against the Vodacom Bulls.

“We need to get a good start and sustain that throughout the match. They have some quality players, but the real test will be in the set-pieces. The Blues have the best scrum success rate (97%) in the competition, so that will be a critical area for us.”
With Handré Pollard and Duane Vermeulen out, Burger Odendaal will take over the captaincy.
The midfielder said they have clear objectives in this match.

“We are the underdogs, no doubt about that. That is good for us, as we can only concentrate on our own game and that we want to achieve. This will have to be very clinical performance from us. If not, it will be a long evening.”

The team is:

15. Warrick Gelant (37, 60)
14. Cornal Hendricks (37, 60)
13. Johnny Kotze (43, 45)
12. Burger Odendaal (c; 53, 30)
11. Rosko Spekman (10, 25)
10. Manie Libbok (15, 38)
9. Ivan van Zyl (27, 5)
8. Paul Schoeman (31, 35)
7. Hanro Liebenberg (40, 25)
6. Marco van Staden (22, 15)
5. RG Snyman (45, 10)
4. Jason Jenkins (49, 35)
3. Trevor Nyakane (104, 15)
2. Schalk Brits (72, 20)
1. Lizo Gqoboka (50, 15)

Replacements:

16. Jaco Visagie (43, 5)
17. Simphiwe Matanzima (13, 5)
18. Wiehahn Herbst (46, 0)
19. Jannes Kirsten (29, 10)
20. Ruan Steenkamp (17, 0)
21. Andre Warner (17, 15)
22. JT Jackson (2, 0)
23. Divan Rossouw (23, 15)

Notes:

Jason Jenkins will play in his 50th match in Vodacom Super Rugby.