Matfield to start from the Bulls bench

2011-05-11 13:09

 Bulls captain Victor Matfield will start from the bench for his team during Saturday’s Super Rugby contest against the Melbourne Rebels at Loftus Versfeld.

With Matfield expected to come on as an impact player late during the second half, Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez will be wearing the captain’s armband.

Matfield’s place in the second row will be filled by Danie Rossouw while coach Frans Ludeke was also pleased to have flank Dewald Potgieter fully fit after recovering from injury.

In the only other change to the team, wing Bjorn Basson was promoted to the staring line-up after being dropped the bench in the final hour before the Bulls’ match against the Chiefs.

Basson was said to have arrived late for a team meeting.

The Currie Cup try-scoring record holder’s inclusion means that Akona Ndungane has been left out of the match 22.

Team:
Zane Kirchner, Gerhard van den Heever, Stephan Dippenaar, Wynand Olivier,
Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Dewald Potgieter,
Deon Stegmann, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha,
Dean Greyling. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Rossouw de Klerk,
Flip van der Merwe, Victor Matfield, Francois Brummer, Francois Hougaard, Derick Kuun.

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