Bulls lose skipper
- 20 Mar 2014
Bulls captain Flip van der Merwe has been ruled out of Saturday's big game against the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.
Van der Merwe was named to lead the Bulls at the team press conference on Wednesday, but has been subsequently withdrawn due to a hamstring injury. He will be replaced by Paul Willemse in the second row.
Victor Matfield will lead the Bulls in Van der Merwe's absence.
Bulls – 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 J J Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel vd Merwe, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers, 23 Morné Mellet
Pietersen’s strong start
Former Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen made an instant impact at flyhalf for the Cheetahs, writes BRENTON CHELIN.
What we’ve learned
Five lessons from the seventh round of Vodacom Super Rugby, according to SIMON BORCHARDT.
‘Bulls closed out game well’
What former Springbok coach NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about Saturday's matches involving South African teams.