Dlulane pays for Hurricanes howler

Tim Dlulane’s calamitous cameo against the Hurricanes in the Vodacom Super 14 has cost him a spot in the Bully Boys match 22 to face the Force. Jaco Engels is the only change to the starting line-up.

Engels replaces Danie Thiart, who drops to the bench. Coach Heyneke Meyer has otherwise resisted wholesale change, and after two home losses, has not been afforded the luxury of resting or rotating any players against the only winless side in the competition.

Derick Hougaard’s fine form continues to see Morne Steyn gather rust on the bench, and the axing of Dlulane in favour of Francois van Schouwenburg has necessitated the inclusion of Danwel Demas in jersey 22 to ensure Saru ‘targets’ are met.

It will be Demas’ first experience of Vodacom Super 14 rugby should he be afforded game time, as Riaan van der Bergh or Dries Scholtz have been backline cover in previous games.

As predicted on keo.co.za, Meyer has resisted the pressure from Saru to give more players of colour starting game time.


15. Johan Roets
14. Akona Ndungane
13. JP Nel
12. Wynand Olivier
11. Bryan Habana
10. Derick Hougaard
9. Fourie du Preez
8. Jacques Cronje
7. Pedrie Wannenburg
6. Pierre Spies
5. Victor Matfield (c)
4. Bakkies Botha
3. Andries Human
2. Gary Botha
1. Jaco Engels


16. Adriaan Strauss
17. Danie Thiart
18. Danie Rossouw
19. Francois van Schouwenburg
20. Heinie Adams
21. Morne Steyn
22. Danwel Demas