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Du Plessis returns for Blue Bulls against WP

Flanker Jacques du Plessis has been named to start for the Blue Bulls

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Article Published: Wednesday 13 August 2014|

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Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named fit-again flanker Jacques du Plessis in his starting Currie Cup line-up to face Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.

This round two match in the Currie Cup Premier Division will see two new faces in the Blue Bulls starting pack that lost their season opener against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg last weekend.

Du Plessis comes in at flank after recovering from a broken jaw sustained in a pre-season match, with Jono Ross moving to no 8 and replacing Jacques Engelbrecht, who moves to the bench with Wiaan Liebenberg dropping out of the match 22.

In the front row, Marcel van der Merwe will start at loosehead in place of injured Dean Greyling, who is suffering from a calf strain.

Van der Merwe's place on the bench will be taken by Hencus van Wyk.

Ludeke admitted that his team will face an uphill battle at Newlands, but is adamant they will be seeking victory in Cape Town.

"We identified the first two away matches of the campaign as huge obstacles in our way and last week was indeed that. We've buried last week's performance and now focus on what we can deliver against a very competent Western Province side. We know only too well that this is a massive opportunity for us to show our character and drive for success."

Stegmann was pleased to see Du Plessis back in the fray. "He is a great lineout option for us and has shown himself to be a devastating ball-carrier, so he could not have returned to the side at a more appropriate time. We will have to show who we are in this match and it is good to have Jacques’ size and speed to help us in this regard."

Blue Bulls

Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Burger Odendaal, Sampie Mastriet, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Piet van Zyl, Jono Ross, Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann, Grant Hattingh, Paul Willemse, Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Marcel van der Merwe.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Hencus Van Wyk, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Jacques Engelbrecht, Rudy Paige, Tony Jantjies, Jesse Kriel.

 
 
 
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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. W.Province 6 5 1 0 208 114 94 4 24
2. Lions 6 4 2 0 217 150 67 4 20
3
Pumas
6 4 2 0 168 140 28 3 19
4. 6 3 2 1 154 140 14 2 16
5. 6 2 3 1 154 160 -6 4 14
6. 6 3 3 0 142 169 -27 1 14
7. 6 2 4 0 143 179 -36 3 11
8. EP Kings 6 0 6 0 109 243 -134 1 1

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)