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Bulls’ Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is back as captain of the team for Friday night’s match at Loftus Versfeld against the Brumbies.


Du Preez’s hand has recovered fully and as a result of his inclusion in the starting XV the young promising Francois Hougaard will be one of two backline reserves on the bench.


Coach Frans Ludeke has opted for Morn’ Steyn to wear the number 10-jersey against the Brumbies which means that Wynand Olivier will again play in the midfield alongside JP Nel.


Derick Hougaard was injured over the weekend and now has an abscess in his gluteus muscle which has become septic through the course of the last two days and that opened the door for the Vodacom Cup flyhalf Burton Francis to be on the bench for the match against the Brumbies. Francis is still a junior and he played a major role in the success of the Viacom Team.


There were some concerns that Nel, who injured his hand against the Waratahs, will not be able to play, but he as well as Bryan Habana (ankle) and Pierre Spies (shoulder) got the green light from the medical team.


Ludeke said at the weekly press conference at Loftus on Tuesday that he is expecting a tough onslaught from the Brumbies especially for the reason that they are playing for a spot in the play-offs.


“The Brumbies are a very proud team and they like to keep the ball in hand. Continuity is the key to their game and they are able to keep the ball through a number of phases but they have started to kick more in the last two seasons.”


Bulls:


Zane Kirchner; Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morn’ Steyn, Fourie du Preez (captain); Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden, Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Derick Ku’n, Gurthro Steenkamp.


Reserves: Bandise Maku, Rayno Gerber, Jaco Engels, Danie Rossouw, Francois Hougaard, Burton Francis, Pedrie Wannenburg.

 

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