Bulls get Bok beef for Newlands trip
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Bulls received a timely boost ahead of their Super Rugby trip to Cape Town.
World Cup-winning Springbok Trevor Nyakane has been named to start alongside fellow Bok prop Lizo Gqoboka in the Bulls’ starting XV for their Round Two encounter with the Stormers.
Nyakane’s selection is the only change to the starting team – with Wiehahn Herbst shifting to the bench.
Gerhard Steenekamp is set to make his Super Rugby debut if he comes on as a replacement prop.
Bulls coach Pote Human has opted for a five-forward-three-backs split amongst the replacements – which makes room for utility back Divan Rossouw.
History does not favour the Bulls in Cape Town, as they last beat the Stormers in the Mother City in 2011.
However, the visitors do take comfort in knowing how to unlock their opponents after last season’s 40-0 drubbing at Loftus Versfeld, which was followed by a narrow one-point loss in the return fixture.
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Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Jeandré Rudolph, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.
Date: Saturday, February 8
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Divan Uys (South Africa)
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans (South Africa)
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