RECAP: Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to the Currie Cup Round Two encounter between the Blue Bulls and Free State Cheetahs in Pretoria.
Changes to the lineup: Burger Odendaal drops out of the match 23, with a quad strain. Dylan Sage comes in at 13, with Johnny Kotze moving to 12. Jade Stighling replaces him at 23
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) July 19, 2019
The Bulls will look to bounce back from their opening-round loss to Western Province, while the Cheetahs had a bye in Round One.
Blue Bulls captain, Burger Odendaal, said the focus will be on themselves, rather than the opponent.
“We spoke about the errors made last weekend and how to make them right. We all agreed on how to do that, so it is now a matter of going out there and execute the type of game we know we can play.”
2018: Blue Bulls won 34-12, Bloemfontein
2017: Blue Bulls won 64-36, Bloemfontein
2017: Free State Cheetahs won 41-40, Pretoria
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 36-16, Bloemfontein (Final)
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 43-20, Bloemfontein
Prediction: Blue Bulls
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Blue Bulls: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Dylan Sage, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Roelof Smit, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Andries Ferreira, 4 Ruan Nortje, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Simphiwe Matanzima.
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Adre Smit, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Jade Stighling.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Louis Fouche, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Rabz Maxwane, 10 Tiaan Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Henco Venter, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Gerhard Olivier, 22 Dian Badenhorst, 23 Darren Adonis.
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Christoper Allison
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans