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Kriel at 13 for Bulls, Serfontein rested

  • 20 Apr 2017
Jesse Kriel Jesse Kriel

The Bulls have made three changes and one positional switch to their starting lineup for Saturday's match against the Cheetahs at Loftus on Saturday. 

Up front, Jacobie Adriaanse will earn his first start of the season at tighthead in place of Trevor Nyakane, who is rested. Jason Jenkins will start at lock, swopping places with RG Snyman, who moves to the bench.

Among the backs, Jan Serfontein is being rested as per the SA Rugby agreement, resulting in Jesse Kriel moving to No 13. Warrick Gelant will start at fullback.

'It is a very, very important match for us,' said Bulls coach Nollis Marais. 'We need to keep on building from last weekend, not only on improving on the good things we did, but also to make sure that winning feeling becomes an addictive one.

'We need to prove that the win over the Jaguares was the tipping point for us. We always believed we were a better team than the results showed, but we now have another opportunity to go out and prove it.'

Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Marnus Schoeman/Jacques Potgieter, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman/Francois Brummer, 23 Franco Naude.

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