File: Burger Odendaal of the Bulls challenged by Shaun Reynolds of the Lions during the 2017 Currie Cup match between Bulls and Lions at the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on 05 August 2017.
JOHANNESBURG - Blue Bulls coach John Mitchell has named an unchanged starting team to face Steval Pumas at Loftus Versfeld on Friday in the home side’s last Currie Cup league fixture of the season.
Mitchell only made one forced change amongst the reserves from the squad that travelled to Bloemfontein last weekend, with Ulrich Beyers being replaced by Travis Ismaiel. Beyers were concussed in the win over the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and unavailable for this weekend, while Ismaiel makes a timely return from injury.
“We are slowly but surely getting into some sort of rhythm in our play and consistency in selection, things that are important if you want to make it into the play-offs,” Mitchell said. “We are still in with a chance to make it into the final four and owe it to ourselves and our supporters out there to give it a full go.”
Blue Bulls team: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (captain), 12 JT Jackson, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Travis Ismaiel.