Experienced scrumhalf Piet van Zyl is back for the Vodacom Blue Bulls to play DHL Western Province in a Currie Cup match at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
Van Zyl was rested for the team’s clash against the Cell C Sharks on Wednesday and is amongst three changes in the backline by coach Nollis Marais for this away clash.
Kefentse Mahlo and Dries Swanepoel are also in the starting team. Mahlo replaces Travis Ismaiel, Swanepoel comes in for Franco Naude and Van Zyl takes over from Andre Warner, who moves to the bench.
Marais left his pack of forwards unchanged, but did tweak his bench for the Cape Town clash.
Johan Grobbelaar comes in as replacement hooker, with Jaco Visagie still not 100%, while Duncan Matthews takes over from the promoted Swanepoel.
“This is tough. We have a third hard match in a week, but we knew about it before the time, so could prepare for it. Playing WP in Cape Town is not an easy assignment, but we would love to think that these type of challenges will help to grow and develop the squad. We are certainly not travelling all the way to Cape Town to lose,” Marais said.
The team is: Manie Libbok, Kefentse Mahlo, Dries Swanepoel, Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo, Tony Jantjies, Piet van Zyl, Nic de Jager, Jannes Kirsten, Boom Prinsloo (c), Ruben van Heerden, Irne Herbst, John-Roy Jenkinson, Jan-Henning Campher, Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: Johan Grobbelaar, Matthys Basson, Abongile Nonkontwana, Shaun Adendorff, Andre Warner, JT Jackson, Duncan Matthews.
Photo: Marcel Sigg