Forgotten fatties collide

Former Springbok props Lawrence Sephaka and Richard Bands will face off when the Leopards host the Blue Bulls this Friday.

The Bulls have a bye this weekend as far as Currie Cup action is concerned but will feature in a mandatory friendly against the Leopards. The Potchefstroom side have recently acquired the services of Sephaka, who has been released to the Leopards from the Lions before he takes up a contract with French club Toulon.

Bands has been named as captain of the Bulls and will pack down against his former Bok team-mate. The pair held up either side of the Bok front row in 2003, but due to Bands’s spate of injuries and Sephaka’s struggle with form, they have not played together since.

Only Bands, Stefan Basson, Trompie Nontshinga, Gerrie Odendaal and James van der Walt are retained from the side who beat the Lions 25-11 last Saturday.

Leopards - 15 Anvor Schooney, 14 Warren Petersen, 13 Shuaib Samaai, 12 Deon van Rensburg, 11 Jan van Zyl, 10 Corne Meyer, 9 Theo van Wyk, 8 Morne Basson, 7 Bennie Adams, 6 Andre Swanepoel (c), 5 Draad (Edrich) Linde, 4 Werner Lessing, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 BW van Dyk, 1 Nardus Lombaard.
Subs: 16 Louis Hollamby, 17 Emile Botha, 18 Lionelle van Staden, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Andries Mahoney, 21 Rayno Hendricks, 22 Errol Tobias.

Blue Bulls – 15 Stefan Basson, 14 Rocco Jansen,13 Braam Gerber, 12 Joey Mongalo (v/c), 11 Trompie Nontshinga, 10 Ruan Boshoff, 9 Gerrie Odendaal, 8 Gerhard van Velze, 7 Pieter Meyer, 6 Okkie Kruger, 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Richard Bands (c), 2 James van der Walt, 1 Werner Kruger.
Subs: 16 Brent Charman, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Henjo van Niekerk, 19 Anton de Wet, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Stefan Watermeyer, 22 Johan Jackson.