Youngster plugs Bulls’ backline hole

Former SA U20 centre Stefan Watermeyer has been called into the Bulls’ run-on side to face the Sharks at King’s Park in Friday.

Watermeyer, 21, replaces Wynand Olivier, who was named on the Springboks’ bench for their Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said they have the utmost confidence that Watermeyer, who was also a prolific goalkicker at junior provincial and junior international level, can do the job.

‘Added to that, we have a 10/12 combination with him playing next to Francois [Brummer]. They have played together since their school days.

‘Stefan has been knocking on the provincial door for some time now and is playing good rugby. He deserves the chance to show his worth at this level.’

Ludeke said that the forwards had spent a fruitful session with former Springbok scrum coach Balie Swart on Tuesday in a bid to remedy some of the technical flaws they displayed in that facet of play against Western Province. Ludeke was confident they would improve there.

‘The players took responsibility [for the average scrumming against WP] and I’m sure they’ll produce a better performance against the Sharks,’ he said.

Bulls - 15 Tiger Mangewni, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Dries van Schalkwyk, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Jacques Burger, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuün (c), 1 Gurtrho Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Fudge Mabeta, 20 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 21 Marius Delport, 22 Marnitz Boshoff.