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Blue Bulls make six Currie Cup changes for Griquas

Handre Pollard is fit again and returns to the starting line up

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Article Published: Wednesday 25 September 2013|

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Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has made six changes to his starting line up to face Griquas in the Currie Cup at Kimberley on Saturday.

The recall of a fit-again Handre Pollard, first starts to William Small-Smith and David Bullbring and returns for Sampie Mastriet and Marcel van der Merwe highlights the Blue Bulls team.

Jurgen Visser also returns to the starting line up at fullback and Clayton Blommetjies dropping to the bench.

Pollard missed last week's clash against the Golden Lions due to an ankle injury and comes in for Tony Jantjies, whilst Mastriet made way for Springbok Bjorn Basson's cameo appearance for the team.

Van der Merwe replaces injured Morne Mellett as loose head prop.

Small-Smith and Bullbring have not started an Currie Cup match for the Blue Bulls yet.

The outside centre swops places with Ulrich Beyers, who moves to the bench, whilst Bullbring comes in for Wilhelm Steenkamp, who drops out of the match 22 altogether.

A fit-again Bongi Mbonambi has also been recalled and will play off the bench, with Jaco Visagie returning to the Under-21 side.

According to Pienaar, the team has been selected with a specific plan in mind.

"I think it is fair to say that we will try and play in a particular way and for that, we will need a very strong contribution from our bench. All 22 will have to contribute if we want to beat Griquas in Kimberley. "

"They are a very dangerous side at home and came so close in a number of their matches. This really will be our toughest challenge of the season, given our log position and the number of matches left."

Blue Bulls

Jurgen Visser, Sampie Mastriet, William Small-Smith, Francois Venter, Akona Ndungane, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Jono Ross (c), Jacques du Plessis, Wiaan Liebenberg, David Bulbring, Paul Willemse, Werner Kruger, Bandise Maku, Marcel van der Merwe.

Replacements: Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frik Kirsten/Dean Greyling, Grant Hattingh, Jacques Engelbrecht, Lohan Jacobs, Ulrich Beyers, Clayton Blommetjies.

 
 
 
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Currie Cup Table

Currie Cup table (Premier Division)              Currie Cup Table
 
Team
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
Bp
Ttl
1. 10 8 0 2 245 201 44 1 37
2. 10 7 3 0 271 223 48 5 33
3. 10 5 5 0 262 238 24 6 26
4. 10 4 5 1 326 296 30 8 26
5. 10 3 6 1 225 235 -28 3 17
6. 10 1 9 0 208 326 -118 7 11

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)