Keo.co.za brings you news from the Currie Cup.
Brummer cleared to face WP – Francois Brummer has overcome a rib injury and will start at flyhalf for the Bulls.
Coach Pine Pienaar has avoided making changes to the starting line up from last week. There are however, two changes to the reserves, with Tuks lock Warwick Tecklenberg coming in for Okkie Kruger and Lohan Jacobs replacing Ruan Snyman.
Bulls – 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Dustin Jinka, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuun, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Fudge Mabeta, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Corne Fourie.
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Warrick Tecklenberg, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter.
Meanwhile, the Bulls have resigned lock Wilhelm Steenkamp for 2012 and 2013. The player left for the Cheetahs in 2010 for more game time, but will return to Pretoria next season.
Strauss leads Lions – Josh Strauss will captain the Lions in the absence of Doppies la Grange against the Leopards in Johannesburg this Saturday.
La Grange is ruled out of this weekend’s match after picking up a hamstring injury against Griquas last Saturday. Strauss will take charge as the Lions attempt to win their opening three Currie Cup fixtures for the first time since 2003.
Alwyn Hollenbach replaces La Grange at outside centre.
Lions – 15 Michael Killian, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joshua Strauss (c), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pat Cilliers.
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Hein Cronje, 22 Dylan Des Fountain.
Steenkamp reverts to Bulls – Lock Wilhelm Steekamp will leave the Cheetahs after the Currie Cup to rejoin the Bulls.
Steenkamp has signed a two-year contract with the Bulls, and his return will be welcomed considering the Bulls will be losing Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw.
Sarel out for three weeks -Griquas scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius will be sidelined for another three weeks.
Griquas team manager Human Kriek confirmed this with keo.co.za as Pretorius is still out with a knee injury.
The Kimberley-based union suffered another blow heading into their match against the Pumas as second-choice scrumhalf Shannon Rick has fallen ill and flyhalf Monty Dumond is also injured. Both won’t make the trip to Nelspruit. This will see Marnus Hugo and Earl Rose start in the No 9 and No 10 jersey this weekend.
Griquas – 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Jonathan Mokuena (Cpt ), 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Jean Botha, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Burger Schoeman, 20 Warren Malgas, 21 Matthew Rosslee, 22 Rudi Vogt.