Adriaanse gets first start for Bulls

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:00
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Jacobie Adriaanse will start at tighthead prop for the Bulls for the first time on Saturday when his team face the Cheetahs in a crucial Super Rugby clash in Pretoria.

The 32-year-old came off the bench four times this year for the Pretoria side, but will earn a first start in place of Trevor Nyakane, who is rested, in one of two changes to the Bulls pack.

The other change sees Jason Jenkins will start at lock, swopping places with Rudolph Snyman from last weekend's starting pack against the Jaguares. Snyman will play off the bench.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais also made an enforced change in his backline.

Jan Serfontein is being rested as per SARU agreement, resulting in Jesse Kriel moving into the No.13 jersey. Warrick Gelant slots into the fullback position, with Duncan Naude coming onto the bench in the matchday 23.

Strauss will play in his 138th match in Super Rugby, a South African record for a hooker.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Marnus Schoeman/Jacques Potgieter, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman/Francois Brummer, 23 Franco Naude.

Date: Saturday, April 22
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

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