RICHARD FERGUSON reports that the Bulls are without four key players for the Stormers clash on Friday night.
The Blue Bulls confirmed yesterday that Springbok Dean Greyling and Wilhelm Steenkamp will both miss the Stormers match due to a stress fracture and an AC joint injury respectively.
This was followed up with news that more Springboks in Akona Ndungane and Jacques Potgieter will not be considered for the clash on Friday night, leaving the Bulls short of four key players at the start of a very long competition.
Greyling is expected to be back in training on Monday while Steenkamp is set to miss two weeks.There was no time frame put on the injuries to Ndungane and Potgieter.
Francois Hougaard starts at scrumhalf ahead of Jano Vermaak and there has been no rushing of SA under 21 midfield sensation Jan Serfontein, who will be slowly introduced to Super Rugby.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Mornè Mellett Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Francois Venter
Stormers: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Gerhard van den Heever, 22. Joe Pietersen