Hougaard to start ahead of injured Du Preez



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Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made only one change to his starting line-up that beat the Highlanders two weeks ago for the Bulls encounter against the Waratahs.

SA Under-20 scrumhalf, Francois Hougaard, will make his first Super 14 start after coming on as a replacement during the Highlanders match in place of the injured Heini Adams.

Bulls captain Fourie du Preez will start the game from the bench after spending the past two weeks on the sidelines with a hand injury. Springbok flanker Wikus van Heerden will again captain the Bulls with Bryan Habana the second in command.

Ludeke has also insisted on making no other changes, leaving Springboks Danie Rossouw, Pedrie Wannenburg and Derick Hougaard on the bench for the second consecutive match.

Ludeke, though, did provide a logical twist to retaining his young charges in the starting line-up, with the Bulls hoping to make a greater impact on proceedings in the latter stages of the match. “

This is still part of the squad system and we are hoping to finish off the match with the senior guys,” Ludeke said on Wednesday after announcing his team.

Bulls team:

Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden (capt.), Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Derick Kuun, Gurthro Steenkamp.

Reserves: Bandisa Maku, Jaco Engels, Rayno Gerber, Danie Rossouw, Fourie du Preez, Derick Hougaard, Pedrie Wannenburg.

Sapa – Super14.com

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