Bulls v Hurricanes - Super Rugby match preview

Last Updated: 02/05/13 11:28am

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The Bulls have named Wynand Olivier, Deon Stegmann and Jurgen Visser in their starting line-up that will face the Hurricanes at Loftus on Saturday.

Stegmann has recovered from bruised ribs and will again wear the number six jersey, with Dewald Potgieter moving to the other side of the scrum where he replaces Arno Botha.

Botha moves to the bench, where he will find two new faces. Frik Kirsten is back from his elbow strain and replaces Hencus van Wyk and Grant Hattingh's broken thumb has healed. He will take Wilhelm Steenkamp's place on the bench.

Kirsten only missed last weekend's action, but Hattingh last played for the Bulls at the Reds.

Olivier has recovered from a knee injury sustained against the Crusaders during the Australasian tour and will replace Jan Serfontein, who has a niggle and will be rested.

Visser was a late withdrawal from the Bulls side to beat the Waratahs last weekend and was replaced by Ulrich Beyers. He has now being declared fit and will start at full-back in place of Beyers.


The Hurricanes welcome back All Blacks wing Julian Savea to their starting line-up for Saturday's clash in Pretoria.

Savea, charged with assaulting his partner late last month, ruled himself out of the Hurricanes' 18-16 loss to the Stormers in Round 11.

The other changes made by coach Mark Hammett sees Tusi Pisi run out in the number 12 jersey in place of Tim Bateman, while Ash Dixon will make his first Super Rugby start with hooker Motu Matu'u out injured.

The Hurricanes will continue a five-two split on the bench this weekend, with changes including the return of both Reggie Goodes and Jack Lam to the matchday 22.

Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Lionel Mapoe.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tusi Pisi, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Reggie Goodes, 17 Ben May, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Jack Lam, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Tim Bateman.

What they said...

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke

"We are in control of our own destiny at this stage and that is exactly where we want to be. This means that we are doing some things right, but we all realise that we are also not accurate enough in other phases. They are a very dangerous side when there is broken field and open play, so we need to make sure we dominate territory and possession and win the gain line battle."

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