Chinks show in Bulls armour

The Bulls have made two changes to their starting XV for Saturday’s vital Vodacom Super 14 match against the Waratahs at Loftus.

Pedrie Wannenburg replaces Danie Rossouw at flank, with Andries Human coming in at tighthead prop for Danie Thiart.

Having suffered a number of pre-season injuries and losing their first home match to the Brumbies, the Bulls look vulnerable, most notably up front.

The new-look front row of Jaco Engels, Kobus van der Walt and Human lacks the experience of Kees Lensing, Gary Botha and Richard Bands – the trio who made such an impact in last year’s Super 12.

The Bulls also lack depth in the loose forward department, following the retirement of Anton Leonard and the departure of Warren Brosnihan to Italy. Surprisingly, Bok flank Tim Dlulane played in all the Bulls pre-season matches, but has not been given a chance to prove himself in the Super 14.

Saturday’s match against the ‘Tahs is already shaping up as a must-win encounter for Heyneke Meyer’s men. No team which hopes to reach the semi-finals can afford to lose two home matches in a row, and the Bulls are under pressure after last weekend’s defeat.

Bulls team to play Waratahs:

15 Johan Roets, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Fourie du Preez (c), 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Pedrie Wannenburg, 6 Johan Wasserman, 5 Francois van Schouwenburg, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Andries Human, 2 Kobus van der Walt, 1 Jaco Engels.
Subs: 16 Chilliboy Ralepelle, 17 Danie Thiart, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Pierre Spies, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Riaan van den Bergh