Mametsa tops Tiger

Frans Ludeke has opted for the attacking brilliance of John Mametsa over Tiger Mangweni for Saturday’s semi-final in Pretoria.

Ludeke has predictably reinstated his Springboks after resting his stars when the Blue Bulls clashed with the Valke last week. Danie Rossouw returns from injury to partner Victor Matfield in the second row, while Bryan Habana, Wynand Olivier, Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden and Gurthro Steenkamp are all back in the starting line-up. Pivot Morne Steyn also displaces Burton Francis.

The injury to Bok winger Akona Ndungane sees Mametsa starting at No 14, with Mangweni on the bench. Dewald Potgieter’s inclusion in the reserves sees Pedrie Wannenburg left out of the Bulls 22.

Blue Bulls – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 John Mametsa, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Dewald Potgieter, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Tiger Mangweni.