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Basson blow for Bulls – Bjorn Basson has been withdrawn from the Bulls’ game against the Lions this Saturday because of a head injury.
Although Basson was named in the starting line-up, he’s always been considered doubtful to play due to the concussion he sustained in last week’s game against New Zealand. The Bulls have now decided that Basson hasn’t recovered sufficiently and won’t risk him against the Lions.
Stephan Dippenaar will take Basson’s place on the wing while Jurgen Visser will now sit on the bench.
Coetzee sticks with Bull-bashers - Allister Coetzee has named the same starting team that beat the Bulls for this week’s clash with the Cheetahs.
Tiaan Liebenberg retains the captaincy and the No 2 shirt ahead of Deon Fourie, who led WP in the first two Currie Cup games.
The only change is on the bench where Pieter Louw is included. Louw was injured in the Super Rugby game against the Force and hasn’t played since.
WP – 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg (c), 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Berton Klaasen, 22 Marcel Brache.
Sharks deny Bok bros will move – Sharks commercial manager Rudolf Straeuli has dismissed reports that Bismarck and Jannie Du Plessis will be leaving the union after the current season.
The Du Plessis brothers will be out of contract at the end of the year, and it’s been suggested that they will look to move on in 2012. Straeuli told The Witness this is not the case, and that the Sharks are currently negotiating with the two Boks and hope to extend their contracts.