The Vodacom Blue Bulls junior teams to take on the Cell C Sharks in the SA Rugby Provincial Under-21 and Under-19 Championships have been named. Both matches will be played on Loftus Versfeld B field on Friday.
Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 coach, David Manuel, had to replace midfielder Franco Naude from the team that overcame the Xerox Golden Lions in Johannesburg last weekend and Erich Cronje moves from the bench to take his place.
In the pack, Riekert Korff moves to the side of the scrum after playing at lock last week, with Erik Groenewald moving from the bench into the starting lock position. Dylan van der Walt drops to the bench.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21’s are top of the standings at the moment after three wins, but the visitors also won their two matches played.
Kick-off is at 15h00.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 team is: Divan Rossouw, Andell Loubser, Stedman Gans, Erich Cronje, Irvin Ali, Tinus De Beer, Embrose Papier, Denzel Hill (c), Riekert Korff, Eduan Lubbe, Marius Verwey, Erik Groenewald, IG Prinsloo, Jan-Henning Campher, Gerhard Steenekamp. Replacements: Duan du Plessis, Madot Mabokela, Dean van der Westhuizen, Dylan van der Walt, Joshua Allderman, Kurt Webster, Heino Bezuidenhout.
Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-19 coach, Dewey Swartbooi, meanwhile made a number of tweaks to his side to face the Cell C Sharks at Loftus B on Friday at 13h00. The Vodacom Blue Bulls are fourth on the log after five wins in nine matches and another win will secure their play-off spot and Swartbooi took no chances.
In the backline, Christopher Hollis gets a first start at centre, coming off the bench last weekend against the Xerox Golden Lions, as is scrumhalf Richman Gora. Amongst the forwards, the back three looks different, with Kwhezi Mafu and Hanru Sirgel being replaced by Johannes Coetzee and Ewart Potgieter respectively.
Scrumhalf Eduan Smit wins a first selection and will start off the bench.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-19 team is: Chad Plato, Christian Strydom, Christopher Hollis, Wian van Niekerk, Lee-Irwin Andries, Theo Boshoff, Richman Gora, Johannes Coetzee, Ewart Potgieter, JC Pretorius, Raymond Nel, Ruan Nortje, Mornay Smith, Werner Fourie, Dewald Maritz. Replacements: Andre van der Merwe, Etienne Janeke, Thando Kambule, Ryno Pieterse, Hanru Sirgel, Eduan Smit, Xander Kruger, Jerome Bossr.