Experienced campaigners return for Bulls in Stormers derby

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Trevor Nyakane. Photo by Johan Rynners/Blue Bulls Rugby)
Trevor Nyakane. Photo by Johan Rynners/Blue Bulls Rugby)

Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane and a host of experienced seniors return to the Bulls' starting XV for their preparation series encounter against the Stormers in Pretoria on Friday.

Besides Nyakane coming in at tighthead prop, Ruan Nortje and Marco van Staden return at lock and openside flank respectively. 

The backline sees a host of changes with scrumhalf Zak Burger getting his first opportunity for the Bulls, having recently joined from Griquas.

Cornal Hendriks and Stedman Gans resume their midfield partnership, with Marco Jansen van Vuren shifting to left wing and Marnus Potgieter named on the extended bench. 

Richard Kriel replaces his brother, David, at fullback with the latter rested. 

The bench also sees an influx of experience as Johan Grobbelaar, Jacques van Rooyen, Blitzbok Tim Agaba and Springbok Morne Steyn all set to add fresh legs later in the match. 

"The north-south derby is always a ferocious affair and this match will be no different. The fact that it is a warm-up is of does not make it easier. We've named a little more experience for this meeting which was always in the plan as we gather momentum to the upcoming season," Bulls director of rugby Jake White said in a statement.

Friday's match at Loftus Versfeld kicks off at 19:00.

Teams:

Bulls

15 Richard Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Nizaam Carr (captain), 7 Werner Gouws, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Joe van Zyl, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp

Substitutes (from): 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Jan Uys, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Diego Appollis, 24 Nolan Pienaar, 25 Raynard Roets, 26 Marnus Potgieter

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kade Wolhuter, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Chad Solomon, 1 Leon Lyons

Substitutes (from): 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Johan du Toit, 21 Evan Roos, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Tim Swiel, 24 Chris Schreuder, 25 Cornel Smit

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