Basson boosts Bulls
- 18 Sep 2013
Bjorn Basson returns to the Blue Bulls' starting XV for their match against the Golden Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Basson has been released by the Springboks and replaces Sampie Mastriet on the left wing.
Clayton Blommetjies will make his first start of the season at fullback, with Jürgen Visser moving to the bench. The fit-again Ulrich Beyers has been selected ahead of Waylon Murray at outside centre, while Tony Jantjies replaces the injured Handré Pollard at flyhalf.
Among the forwards, Wilhelm Steenkamp will start at No 5 lock, with Bandise Maku replacing the injured Bongi Mbonambi at hooker. Werner Kruger is at tighthead prop with Frik Kirsten on the bench.
Blue Bulls – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudi Paige, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Morné Mellett.
Subs: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 William Small-Smith, 22 Jurgen Visser.
Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images
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