Delport in for Habana



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Marius Delport was selected as the Vodacom Bulls left wing following the shoulder injury to Bryan Habana.


Delport came on for Habana at half time in the match against the Stormers and although he did not get a lot of opportunities on attack, he was solid on defence. He made his Super 14 debut against the Force in 2007 and has played in six Super Rugby matches.

The SA 7s player Danwel Demas will be on the bench as a result of Delport’s inclusion in the starting XV, but coach Frans Ludeke made no other changes to his team that beat the Stormers.

Ludeke said on the Bulls site that it is obviously a big blow to loose a player of the caliber of Habana, “but it is part of the game and I am confident that the new guys will slot in without any problems.

“Players like Marius and Danwel are familiar with the systems and they are hungry to get an opportunity like this.”

Ludeke said he would like to see the same amount of commitment from the players as they have shown in the Stormers game and they will build on the foundation laid in the first round.

The captain Fourie du Preez said the Crusaders have been the top team in the last number of years and they are the team that players measure themselves against.

“I heard some talk about a revenge match because of what happened in last year’s Super 14 as well as the World Cup and I know they would like to rectify what happened in 2007.

“We will never underestimate them and we have a huge amount of respect for them, but we crossed the bridge that they are invincible.


“The All Blacks together with the Crusaders are world class but we have seen in the past that they can be beaten, but we know a match against them is by far the toughest.”

Bulls team

15. Zane Kirchner,14. John Mametsa,13. JP Nel,12. Wynand Olivier,11. Marius Delport,10. Derick Hougaard,9. Fourie du Preez (c),8. Pedrie Wannenburg,7. Wikus van Heerden (v/c),6. Deon Stegmann,5. Wilhelm Steenkamp,4. Danie Rossouw,3. Rayno Gerber,2. Derick Ku’n,1. Gurthro Steenkamp

Resrves: 16. James vd Walt,17. Werner Kruger,18. Jaco Engels,19. Dewald Potgieter,20. Heini Adams,21. Morn’ Steyn,22. Danwel Demas




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