Two packs is the way to go for Bulls

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - JACQUES VAN DER WESTHUYZEN jacques.van­der­west­huyzen@inl.co.za

BULLS coach Pote Hu­man be­lieves the best way to take on the Sharks is in the for­wards and he has filled his team with the heavy men for their Su­per Rugby opener in Dur­ban to­mor­row.

Be­sides pick­ing a big, pow­er­ful start­ing pack, Hu­man has also opted to go with six for­wards on his bench – a tac­tic used so suc­cess­fully by the Spring­boks dur­ing last year’s World Cup in Ja­pan.

The Bulls coach’s plans for the match are pretty clear.

“It’s go­ing to be hu­mid, and the ball’s go­ing to be wet. I think there will prob­a­bly be a lot of scrums and that’s why we be­lieve hav­ing two packs is the way to go.

“It’s go­ing to be a for­ward bat­tle, one I’m look­ing for­ward to,” said Hu­man.

Re­cent sign­ings, Juan­dre Kruger and Josh Strauss, have been picked in the start­ing team hav­ing ar­rived at the Bulls from over­seas late last year, while fit-again Trevor Nyakane will pro­vide im­pact from off the bench.

Hu­man has also opted to go into this game with vet­eran No 10 Morne Steyn in the start­ing team, with the ex­cit­ing Manie Lib­bok play­ing off the bench.

“Morne’s got so much ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing played here at the Bulls for so long, as well as for the Boks. He’s fit and keen to play and is cer­tainly not here for a hol­i­day. He wants to show his worth,” the Bulls coach said.

Strauss, who pre­vi­ously played for the Lions and also ran out for Scot­land, will com­bine with the ex­cit­ing Je­an­dre Ru­dolph and Abongile Nonkont­wana in the loose trio. “I’ve known both Je­an­dre and Abongile for many years,” said Hu­man. It’s an ex­pe­ri­enced Bulls team, with plenty of sea­soned op­er­a­tors in the start­ing team. At the back, full­back War­rick Ge­lant will be brim­ming with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing the Spring­boks’ World Cup vic­tory in Novem­ber, while wings Cor­nal Hendricks and Rosko Spec­man, as well as cen­tres Johnny Kotze and cap­tain

Burger Oden­daal all have as­pi­ra­tions of play­ing for the Boks.

And, up front, loose­head prop Lizo Gqoboka will be keen to fol­low up his ex­cel­lent 2019 cam­paign with an­other qual­ity of­fer­ing this year and he gets a chance to lay down a marker as early as the first game, go­ing up against Thomas du Toit.

Bulls: War­rick Ge­lant, Cor­nal Hendricks,

Johnny Kotze, Burger Oden­daal (capt), Rosko Spec­man, Morne Steyn, Ivan van Zyl, Josh Strauss, Abongile Nonkont­wana, Je­an­dre Ru­dolph, Juan­dre Kruger, An­dries Fer­reira, Wiehahn Herbst, Jaco Vis­agie,

Lizo Gqoboka. Re­place­ments: Jo­han Grobbe­laar, Sim­phiwe Matanz­ima, Trevor Nyakane, Ruan Nortje, Ryno Pi­eterse, Wian Vosloo, Em­brose Pa­pier, Manie Lib­bok

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MORNE Steyn will start at No 10 against the Sharks to­mor­row.

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