Bulls bring back Wors
The Vodacom Bulls will welcome back prop Dean “Wors” Greyling to the side for the first time this season as they made four changes to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs at Loftus Versfeld.
Greyling, who has been sidelined for the past few months with a stress fracture in his foot, has come through the Vodacom Cup with the Blue Bulls and has impressed in his performances there.
The burly prop, who is well known for his mobility, replaces Morne Mellett, who deputised for him in the eight matches thus far this season.
The Bulls also recalled winger Bjorn Basson, who showed he is back to his best with a stunning run down the touchline to set up Akona Ndungane’s try in Port Elizabeth last Saturday as the Bulls won 34-0 against the Southern Kings.
Basson and Ndungane, who both are excellent under the high ball, will keep a keen eye out for Bernard Foley’s cross-kicks, one of which resulted in a try for Israel Folau last weekend.
With Basson back, Lionel Mapoe drops to the bench and will cover both centre and wing from his place there, while in an interesting move, Deon Stegmann drops out of the 22 altogether for Dewald Potgieter. The latter returns after withdrawing late last week with a knee complaint.
Potgieter’s namesake Jacques keeps his place on the bench after a cameo performance where he scored a try with the impressive Arno Botha holding down the number 7 spot.
The move, which may raise an eyebrow or two, is more in the line with squad rotation, but with the danger of Michael Hooper apparent on Saturday, the Bulls will have to be at their best at the breakdown.
The other change is a simple rotation one, with Werner Kruger swopping with Frik Kirsten at tighthead for the game, while on the bench there is much happiness that after six weeks, Bok halfback Francois Hougaard is finally over his ankle injury and will appear among the substitutes. This means that Rudy Paige drops out of the 22.
Willie Wepener is back on the subs bench, replacing Callie Visagie in another rotational change, while Wilhelm Steenkamp replaces the injured Paul Willemse.
The Bulls are wary of the Waratahs, who started badly but have shown a resurgence in their game and beat the Chiefs last week in a tough match
“They are capable of beating anyone, as they showed against the Chiefs last week. We will need to use the momentum we have created last week on attack, but from a defensive perspective, they will ask a lot of new questions. We will have to answer all of them if we want to keep on winning,” captain Pierre Spies said.
VODACOM BULLS: Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Mornè Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Pierre Spies (capt), Arno Botha, Dewald Potgieter, Juandrè Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling.
Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Jacques Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Louis Fouchè, Lionel Mapoe.