Bulls drop Springbok stars



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Bulls coach Frans Ludeke finally wielded the axe on his underperforming team on Wednesday when he dropped three Springboks from his starting line-up to face the Highlanders on Saturday.

Ludeke, though, stated that the players weren’t dropped but rather that the Bulls were utilising their squad system as planned.

Danie Rossouw has been replaced in the second row by Wilhelm Steenkamp, prop Werner Kruger has replaced Rayno Gerber at tighthead while the Loftus favourite Derick Hougaard will also move to the bench in favour of Morne Steyn.

“This is all part of the squad system and is part of our planning going forward. Some of the guys are going to be effective for us coming off the bench.

I am looking at the bench to make an impact in the later stages of the game,” said Ludeke after announcing his team on Wednesday morning.

Flank Wikus van Heerden has also been handed the captaincy after scrumhalf Fourie du Preez was ruled out of Saturday’s clash because of a hand injury.

Van Heerden captained the Cats and Lions during Ludeke’s two seasons as coach of the Johannesburg Super 12 and Super 14 franchises.

Bryan Habana has been named as Van Heerden’s deputy.

Van Heerden acknowledged that the Bulls were going through a difficult patch at the moment but believes that it is only a amtter of time before things change for the better.

“We need to fix the smaller things. It is not a major crisis, we just had a freak weekend last Saturday. We must put it all behind us and the only way we can do that is to show it on the field,” said Van Heerden.

Bulls team:

Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Heini Adams, Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden (c), Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Derick Kuun, Gurthro Steenkamp. Replacements: Bandisa Maku, Jaco Engels, Rayno Gerber, Danie Rossouw,Francois Hougaard, Derick Hougaard, Pedrie Wannenburg.

Sapa – Super14.com

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