Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke added close to 200 Super Caps to his side in making two changes for Friday night’s Super Rugby clash against the Waratahs at Loftus Versfeld.
Ludeke drafted in Danie Rossouw (113 caps) and Gary Botha (84 caps) to his starting line-up with them replacing Dewald Potgieter and Chiliboy Ralepelle, both who will move to the bench.
Rossouw and Botha last started a match together against the Chiefs, a match the Bulls won 43-27.
“We are blessed with the lack of injuries. We have one or two guys out, but for the rest, I am able to pick my strongest side,” Ludeke said.
“The way Danie has been playing off the bench lately makes him the right option for this match, while Gary and Chili swops around every two weeks anyway,” Ludeke explained his selection.
Akona Ndungane, who suffered a soft tissue injury agains the Cheetahs last weekend, will have till the captain’s run on Thursday to prove his fitness. If he fails the fitness test, Gerhard van den Heever will move from the bench to replace him, with Stephan Dippenaar coming into the match 22.
The team with Super Caps is: Zane Kirchner (51), Akona Ndungane (67)/Gerhard van den Heever (28), Jaco Pretorius (45), Wynand Olivier (84), Bjorn Basson (22), Morné Steyn (86), Francois Hougaard (26), Pierre Spies (69), Danie Rossouw (113), Deon Stegmann (52), Victor Matfield (121, c), Bakkies Botha (98), Werner Kruger (55), Gary Botha (84), Dean Greyling (12).
Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle (32), Rossouw de Klerk (11), Flip van der Merwe (31), Dewald Potgieter (43), Dustin Jinka (0), Francois Brummer (5), Gerhard van den Heever (28)/Stephan Dippenaar (19).
- Danie Rossouw and Victor Matfield will better the Bulls career appearances on Friday when they will pass the mark set by Pedrie Wannenburg. All three have now played 113 matches for the Bulls.
- Bjorn Basson is only one try shy of Bryan Habana’s tries for a season record. Basson has scored eight times this year.