Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pote Human is giving Springbok duo Pedrie Wannenberg and Wynand Olivier maximum time prove their fitness ahead of the Loftus semi-final.
Human bracketed them at blinside flank and inside centre respectively when he announced the side to face Vodacom Western Province.
Powerful loose forward, Hilton Lobberts will lose out irrespective of Wannenberg’s availability, as Human has turned to Derick KuÃ¼n, in what can only be understood as an attempt to nullify the influence the WP loose trio at the breakdown.
Lobberts was outstanding in the teams second round encounter at Newlands and should feel disappointed to have felt the sting of the selection axe.
Olivier marked his return from Bok duty with a sublime all-round performance against the Sharks and injured captain Frikkie Welsh conceded that he would be key addition to an ever improving backline if he was included.
“Wynand is a great ball player,” he told keo.co.za. “He has great feet and is superb at putting the No.13 into space. Combine that with the fact that he is a good communicator on defence and you have a player you want in your side every for game.
“But we’ll lose very little should Dries [Scholtz] replace him,” he added. “He has been performing well in Wynand’s absence, and had an outstanding game against the Cheetahs last week.”
By Ryan Vrede
Vodacom Blue Bulls’ team: 15. Johan Roets 14. Akona Ndungane 13. JP Nel 12. Wynand Olivier/Dries Scholtz 11. Marius Delport 10. Derick Hougaard 9. Heini Adams 8. Pierre Spies 7. Pedrie Wannenburg/Derick KuÃ¼n 6. Danie Rossouw 5. Francois van Schouwenburg 4. Adriaan Fondse 3. Rayno Gerber 2. Gary Botha (c) 1. Jaco Engels Reserves: 16. Adriaan Strauss 17. Danie Thiart 18. Hottie Louw 19. Hilton Lobberts 20. Neil Powell 21 MornÃ© Steyn 22. Stefan Basson