Jake White opts for continuity by naming unchanged Bulls starting XV to face Pumas

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Jake White. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Jake White. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Bulls director of rugby Jake White has opted for continuity after naming his starting line-up to tackle the Pumas in a preparation series clash at Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday.

Springbok Nizaam Carr continues his role as captain in an unchanged starting XV from the one which thumped the EP Elephants 87-10.

The bench has been shuffled to allow more game time with Nolan Pienaar, Bernard van der Linde, Clinton Swart, Henco Beukes, Willie Potgieter and Richard Kriel all set to get a run later in the game.

"The boys did well last week and the coaching management were impressed in how they kept to the plan, even when the game opened up," White said in a statement.

"It could have become a free-for-all once we got legroom on the scoreboard but we want to simulate in-competition scenarios to help us better prepare for upcoming competitions and I must commend Nizaam and his leadership group for keeping the players focused on the objectives and outcomes we wanted to achieve.

"This week will be no different and although the starting team hasn't changed much, there's a ton of new faces on the bench that want their boots on the field and to put their names forward. The last time we travelled to Nelspruit with a rather young and inexperienced team, we lost badly to a powerful and well-oiled Pumas bunch. I'm looking forward to seeing how this group has developed since then. We're excited to get to Nelspruit and play our brand of rugby," White concluded.

Kick-off is at 19:00 on Tuesday.

Teams:

Pumas

15 Devon Williams, 14 Morne Joubert, 13 Sebastian de Klerk, 12 Ali Mgijima, 11 Tapiwa Mafura, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Kwanda Dimaza, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain), 4 Brandon Valentyn, 3 Ig Prinsloo, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Morgan Naude

Substitutes: 16 HP van Schoor, 17 Dewald Maritz, 18 Ruan Kramer, 19 Michael Benadie, 20 Dian Badenhorst, 21 Eddie Fouche, 22 Erich Cronje, 23 Darrien Landsberg

Bulls

15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marnus Potgieter, 12 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 WJ Steenkamp, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Nizaam Carr (captain), 5 Janko Swanepoel, 4 Jan Uys, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Joe van Zyl, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.

Substitutes: 16 Janco Uys, 17 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 18 Nolan Pienaar, 19 Reinhardt Ludwig, 20 Werner Gouws, 21 Bernard van der Linde, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Richard Kriel, 24 Henco Beukes, 25 Willie Potgieter, 26 Dawid Kellerman

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