Bulls beef up for Griquas clash

Marcell Coetzee. PHOTO: Twitter

The Bulls have named a loaded team for Saturday’s important Currie Cup game against the Griquas in Kimberley.

The team from the capital city has opted to name their strongest available team for the game as they attempt to move up the long in contention for the upcoming playoffs.

Jake White has named an all-Springbok backrow for the game with Marcell Coetzee, Nizaam Carr and Elrigh Louw all starting.

At the it stands the Bulls are second last on the log, however, they are still well within reach of the semi-finals.

White said he had no choice but to load his team as they have fallen behind in the competition.

“The only way we are going to survive and try to make the playoffs is to play our best rugby and we’ve got to pick our strongest team,” said the World Cup-winning former Springbok coach.

“So, at this point in time, we don’t have the luxury of having other teams help our destiny. We’ve got to win these five games.

“We have fallen behind on the log and need to get a win there.”

Saturday afternoon’s game in Kimberley kicks off at 15:00.

Griquas – 15 Ashlon Davids, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Jay-Cee Nell, 12 Tertius Kruger, 11 Sako Makata, 10 Lubabalo Dobela, 9 Johan Mulder, 8 Carl Els, 7 Hanru Sirgel (captain), 6 Thabo Ndimande, 5 Dylan Sjöblom, 4 Derik Pretorius, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Janco Uys, 1 Kudzwai Dube.

Replacements – 16 Gustav du Rand, 17 Eddie Davids, 18 Cebo Dlamini, 19 Johan Retief, 20 Stephan Smit, 21 Raegan Oranje, 22 George Whitehead, 23 Sango Xamlashe.

Bulls – 15 David Kriel, 14 Sibongile Novuka, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Nizaam Carr, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Ruan Nortjé (captain), 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.

Replacements – 16 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Francois Klopper, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 WJ Steenkamp, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Chris Smit, 23 Cornal Hendricks.

Morgan Piek