Blue Bulls pick unchanged starting XV for FS Cheetahs

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Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar picked the same Vodacom Blue Bulls side to do battle with the Free State Cheetahs in Absa’s Currie Cup at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The Blue Bulls dropped a disappointing result to the Natal Sharks last week, but Pienaar kept faith with the side for their first home game of the season.

He did include fit-again Ruan Snyman and Frik Kirsten on the bench, with both players having Currie Cup and Super Rugby experience to add and replace Lohan Jacobs and Juan Schoeman.

Pienaar said everybody realise that they will have to play much better than in last weekend’s defeat to the Sharks.

“It was a poor start and we all know that. The Free State will require a great effort and we will have no choice but to respond. No one can afford losing at home in this competition.”

The captain Gary Botha, said the players will have to show their worth.

“We will have to show what we can do. It was totally unacceptable what happened against the Sharks. We owe it to ourselves, the fans and the coaching staff to do much better.”

The Toyota Free State Cheetahs made only one rotational change to the team that beat the Leopards 40-12 on Saturday. PW van Vuuren who started from the bench switches places with Michael van Vuuren.


Vodacom Blue Bulls:

15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Stephan Dippenaar, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Akona Ndungane, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Dustin Jinka, 8. Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Derick Kuün, 5. Juandré Kruger, 4. Fudge Mabeta, 3. Rossouw de Klerk, 2. Gary Botha (Capt), 1. Corné Fourie.

Replacements: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Okkie Kruger, 19. CJ Stander, 20. Ruan Snyman, 21. Marnitz Boshoff, 22. Francois Venter.


Toyota FS Cheetahs:

15. Hennie Daniller; 14. Riaan Smit; 13. Corne Uys; 12. Andries Strauss (Capt); 11. Ryno Benjamin; 10. Sias Ebersohn; 9. Tewis de Bruyn; 8. Boom Prinsloo; 7. Lappies Labuschagne; 6. Johan Wessels; 5. Waltie Vermeulen; 4. Francois Uys; 3. WP Nel; 2. PW van Vuuren; 1. Marcel van der Merwe

Replacements: 16. Michael van Vuuren; 17. Trevor Nyakane; 18. Izak van der Westhuizen; 19. Pieter Myburgh; 20. Piet van Zyl; 21. Philip Snyman; 22. Philip Burger

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