Who will be the Bulls’ halfback pairing?

2014-01-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A big question on the lips of Bulls fans is who will be their first-choice halfback pairing in this year’s Super Rugby competition?

With flyhalf Morné Steyn now plying his trade in France, either Handré Pollard or Louis Fouché will carry the mantle.

At scrumhalf, Francois Hougaard returns after missing the second part of 2013 with an ankle injury. He will fight it out for a spot with Piet van Zyl, who was acquired from the Cheetahs at the end of last year.

Van Zyl became a Springbok in 2013, so it will be a tough decision for coach Frans Ludeke to pick his number one scrumhalf.

According to the Beeld website, Ludeke is still playing his cards close to his chest as the Bulls prepare for the new season.

“I think we’re blessed with very gifted players in these positions [scrumhalf and flyhalf]. Every player adds something different and the challenge is to find the balance at nine and 10,” said Ludeke.

The coach is, however, looking to add another flyhalf to his ranks to provide more depth. The new player could join the team as soon as next week.

The Bulls will play one warm-up game — against the Stormers in Polokwane on February 1 — before opening their Super Rugby campaign against the Sharks in Durban on February 15.

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