Bulls opt for ex­pe­ri­ence

Van Zyl cracks nod for derby with WP over Papier in what is a must win at Lof­tus

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - KHANYISO TSHWAKU

Blue Bulls coach Pote Hu­man said ex­pe­ri­ence was the fac­tor that made him choose Ivan van Zyl ahead of Em­brose Papier for Satur­day’s Cur­rie Cup clash against Western Province.

For all his Bok ex­pe­ri­ence‚ Papier has yet to fea­ture in the Cur­rie Cup and will be mak­ing his de­but when he comes off the bench.

Van Zyl‚ who’s also a capped Bok‚ has 22 Cur­rie Cup matches and the Blue Bulls have to beat Western Province at Lof­tus Vers­feld to en­sure they qual­ify for next week’s semi-fi­nals.

“Ivan’s ex­pe­ri­ence and with this young team‚ he’s what I think we need. Em­brose will make a huge im­pact when he comes off the bench‚” Hu­man said.

While the Bulls have the ben­e­fit of the fi­nal round-robin game with their 17 log points‚ they have to look at the Pu­mas and Lions game to see where they’ll travel to for a play-off game.

They’ll also have to pray the Gri­quas do a num­ber on the Sharks (21) in Kim­berly, but Western Province are not only un­beaten‚ their rugby has been un­com­pro­mis­ing and at­trac­tive.

While the Bulls have the ben­e­fit of their re­turn­ing Spring­boks‚ Western Province have a stronger con­tin­gent.

How­ever‚ Hu­man hoped the play­ers un­der­stood what it meant to play for the Bulls against Western Province in what is known as the North/South Derby.

“I told them if you’re not mo­ti­vated to play against Western Province at Lof­tus Vers­feld‚ then you don’t be­long here.

“It’s a big one for us and de­pend­ing on what hap­pens in the other games‚ it could be a must win for us‚” Hu­man said.

“The Bok play­ers are very pos­i­tive and they want to play. They want some game time and none of them have a lot of it

Teams Blue Bulls: 15 Di­van Ros­souw‚ 14 Jamba Ulengo‚ 13 Johnny Kotze‚ 12 Franco Naude‚ 11 Jade Stigh­ling‚ 10 Manie Lib­bok‚ 9 Ivan van Zyl‚ 8 Hanro Lieben­berg (cap­tain)‚ 7 Marco van Staden‚ 6 Ruan Steenkamp‚ 5 Eli Sny­man‚ 4 Hen­dre Stassen‚ 3 Trevor Nyakane‚ 2 Jaco Vis­agie‚ 1 Matthys Bas­son. Re­place­ments: 16 Edgar Marut­lulle‚ 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen‚ 18 Ruan Nortje‚ 19 Nic de Jager‚ 20 Em­brose Papier‚ 21 Ti­nus de Beer‚ 22 Dy­lan Sage. Western Province: TBA. Ref­eree: Egon Sec­onds. As­sis­tant ref­er­ees: Jaco Pre­to­rius‚ Ed­uan Nel. TMO: Lesego Le­goete.”

Pic­ture: ohan Ryn­ners/GALLO IMAGES

IN FORM: Ivan van Zyl has been given the nod to start for the Bulls against WP at Lof­tus on Satur­day.

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