Habana benched for final crusade

Bryan Habana will not start against the Crusaders in Friday’s must-win Vodacom Super 14 showdown.

Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer has rested Habana from the run-on XV and starts with Akona Ndungane and Frikkie Welsh as his two wingers.

Habana and Welsh have been the preferred wingers for the last two matches, with Welsh particularly impressive.

Springbok flyhalf Jaco van der Westhuyzen stays at fullback, with Morne Steyn retained as flyhalf.

The pack is also the same that set up the 34-27 win against the Sharks.

Bulls

15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen

14 Akona Ndungane

13 JP Nel

12 Wynand Olivier

11 Frikkie Welsh

10 Morné Steyn

9 Fourie du Preez

8 Pedrie Wannenburg

7 Tim Dlulane

6 Jacques Cronje

5 Victor Matfield

4 Bakkies Botha

3 Danie Thiart

2 Gary Botha

1 Wessel Roux

16 Adriaan Strauss

17 Jaco Engels

18 Danie Rossouw

19 Pierre Spies

20 Francois van Schouwenburg

21 Heini Adams

22 Bryan Habana