Pollard at 10 for Bulls
- 28 Aug 2013
Handré Pollard will make his Currie Cup debut for the Blue Bulls against the Sharks at Kings Park on Saturday.
The 19-year-old, who has been sidelined by a shoulder injury, replaces Tony Jantjies in the No 10 jersey.
'Handré was part of our plans all along and had it not been for a shoulder injury sustained in pre-season, he could have had a number of matches at this level under his belt already,' said Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar. 'He might be young in years, but he has an old rugby head on him.'
Pienaar has made three further changes to the starting XV that suffered a humiliating 62-23 hiding at the hands of the Golden Lions last week.
Centre Francois Venter and winger Travis Ismaiel are ruled out by injury and replaced by Waylon Murray and Akona Ndungane respectively.
Frik Kirsten has shaken off the ankle injury which has seen him sidelined for the past two weeks and comes straight back into the team at tighthead prop.
New recruit David Bulbring, who is on the bench, could make his first appearance for the Bulls since arriving from the Kings.
Blue Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, Waylon Murray,12 Ulrich Beyers, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Morné Mellett.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tiaan Schoeman, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.
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