Bands is back

Richard Bands will start in the Blue Bulls’ Vodacom Cup opener against the Cheetahs on Friday.

Suparugby reports that Bands, who missed virtually the entire Currie Cup through injury, will make his comeback for a side that includes many of Heyneke Meyer’s extended Super 14 squad.

Dries Scholtz and Rudi Coetzee are due to start in midfield, with John Mametsa, Trompie Nontshinga and Danwell Demas forming a threatening back three.

Tim Dlulane wears jersey 6, alongside Derick Kuun and Hilton Lobberts in a youthful back row.

BLUE BULLS SIDE TO PLAY CHEETAHS (PROBABLE)

15 Danwell Demas
14 John Mametsa
13 Rudi Coetzee
12 Dries Scholtz
11 Trompie Nontshinga
10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter
9 Neil Powell
8 Derick Kuun (c)
7 Hilton Lobberts
6 Tim Dlulane
5 Adriaan Fondse
4 Cliff Milton
3 Richard Bands
2 Harry Vermaas
1 Werner Kruger/Danie Thiart