Botha to lead Bulls

Gary Botha will captain the Bulls in their Currie Cup opener against the Pumas at Loftus on Friday.

Frans Ludeke named a strong side that includes Super 14 stalwarts Botha, Deon Stegmann, Derick Kuun and Gerhard van den Heever.

The Bulls’ big signing after the Super 14, Juandre Kruger, has only been named on the bench, with Fudge Mabeta starting at lock alongside Flip van der Merwe, who recently dropped out of the Springbok squad.

Bulls – 15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen; 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 John Mametsa; 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Ruan Snyman; 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Derick Kuün, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (c), 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Juandre Kruger, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Danie Faasen, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Hayden Groepes.