Thu 19 May 2022 | 01:34

Jake plays a 'strong' hand against Ospreys

Jake plays a 'strong' hand against Ospreys
Thu 19 May 2022 | 01:34
Jake plays a 'strong' hand against Ospreys
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White showed his hand for the decisive Round 18 United Rugby Championship encounter with Ospreys in Swansea on Friday.

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Both teams need the win to keep alive their prospects of finishing on top of their respective conferences – Wales and South Africa.

It will be all to play for in Swansea.

A win for the Bulls will keep their hopes alive of potentially securing a home URC quarterfinal, pending the permutations of other fixtures over the weekend, while Ospreys will be gunning for the Welsh Shield which they are scrambling for together with domestic rivals, Scarlets.

Cornal Hendricks and Harold Vorster are the centre pairing, while David Kriel returns to the Bulls side on the wing.

On the bench, backup flyhalf Juan Mostert and centre Stedman Gans will have an opportunity to make an impact as substitutes, while Springbok scrumhalf Embrose Papier is likely to spark things in the latter stages of the game.

A strong reserve bench of forwards includes the likes of Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Simphiwe Matanzima, Robert Hunt, Janko Swanepoel and Arno Botha.

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Bulls: 15 Canan Moodie, 14 David Kriel, 13 Cornal Hendricks, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.
Replacements: `16 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Robert Hunt, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Juan Mostert, 23 Stedman Gans.

Date: Friday, May 20
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Kick-off: 20.10 (21.10 SA time, 19.10 GMT)
Referee: Chris Busby (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Jason Bessant (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

Bulls team to face Ospreys

PV: 31
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