Arno Botha to lead youthful Bulls outfit against Pumas

Arno Botha is looking forward to the competition for place at the Bulls


Arno Botha is looking forward to the competition for place at the Bulls

The Bulls have named a youthful match-day squad to face the Pumas in their final regular season Currie Cup match at the Mbombela
Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday.

A host of under-21 champions will get their first taste of senior action for the Currie Cup log leaders.

Dawid Kellerman takes over the inside centre position alongside Marnus
Potgieter. Clinton Swart starts at fullback as the utility back continues to
show his worth across the backline, while Jade Stighling and Stravino Jacobs
continue to patrol the wings. Experienced Springboks, Morne Steyn and Ivan van
Zyl, resume their successful halfback partnership.

Amongst
the forwards, Arno Botha takes over the captaincy with Duane Vermeulen earning
a well-deserved break as Tim Agaba steps up to the plate at the back of the
scrum. Young WJ Steenkamp rounds out the exciting loose trio.

Janko
Swanepoel will make his first start of the Currie Cup at No 5 lock,
after a debut of the bench a few days ago against the Lions. There’s an
all-new and exciting front row in Jan-Hendrik Wessels and Gerhard Steenekamp
propping up Joe van Zyl.

The
replacements are a mix of experience and youth, with Springboks Lizo Gqoboka
and Marcel van der Merwe serving as backup props while Divan Venter, Keagan
Johannes and Kabelo Mokoena all looking to earn their debuts.

“This
is a great opportunity for us to give some of our exciting youngsters a taste
of senior rugby. These boys have done really well on the training field and
have been eagerly awaiting their opportunity, and now they get to show what
they are made of on the big stage. It’s important that they get up to speed
with their senior colleagues while still securing a victory in Nelspruit,” director of rugby Jake
White explained.

Sunday’s clash kicks off at 16:00.

Teams:

Pumas

15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Alwayno Visagie, 12 Ali Mgijima, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Devon Williams, 9 Ginter Smuts, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Darrien Landsberg, 4 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain), 3 Ignatius Prinsloo, 2 Simon Westraadt, 1 Morgan Naude

Substitutes: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Eduan Swart, 18 Heath Backhouse, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Giovan Snyman, 21 Tiaan Botes, 22 Sebastian de Klerk, 23 Liam Hendricks

Bulls

15 Clinton Swart, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Marnus Potgieter, 12 Dawid Kellerman, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Arno Botha (captain), 6 WJ Steenkamp, 5 Janko Swanepoel, 4 Jan Uys, 3 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 2 Joe van Zyl, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp

Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Divan Venter, 20 Elrigh Louw, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Kabelo Mokoena, 23 Jay-Cee Nel

Travelling reserves: 24 Janco Uys, 25 Mornay Smith, 26 Johan Mulder

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