Deon Stegmann Back To Lead Blue Bulls

Regular captain and flank Deon Stegmann is back in the Blue Bulls team to face Free State Cheetahs in an Absa Currie Cup match in Bloemfontein on Friday.  Stegmann missed last weekend’s defeat to the Cell C Sharks due to suspension, but will again wear the number six jersey and captain’s armband in place of Wian Liebenberg and Jono Ross respectively.  Liebenberg moves to the bench in one of six changes to the starting team.

At the back, Ulrich Beyers replace Jesse Kriel who moves to the bench, stalwart Akona Ndungane is back at right wing, with Sampie Mastriet moving to left wing in place of Bjorn Basson.  In the midfield, JJ Engelbrecht replaces injured William Small-Smith and Piet Van Zyl rotate with Rudy Paige, with the latter starting off the bench.  In the other change in the pack, Bongi Mbonambi will start, with Callie Visagie on the bench.

According to Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke this match is the most crucial one of the Currie Cup campaign.  “We cannot afford to lose and even a good win might not be good enough.  We managed to get back on track earlier in the season, but again allowed ourselves to be side-tracked.  We cannot afford it to happen again,” Ludeke said.  Stegmann concurred, “We owe it to ourselves, the coaches and the supporters out there to deliver a quality performance.  We have let ourselves down too many times this season. We must now run our own race and finish strong. We still have something to play for and we must use the opportunity.”

The Blue Bulls team to play the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein is:

 15 Ulrich Beyers

14 Akona Ndungane

13 JJ Engelbrecht

12 Burger Odendaal

11 Sampie Mastriet

10 Jacques Louis Potgieter

9 Piet Van Zyl

8 Jono Ross

7 Jacques Du Plessis

6 Deon Stegmann ©

5 Grant Hattingh

4 Paul Willemse

3 Werner Kruger

2 Bongi Mbonambi

1 Dean Greyling

Replacements:

16 Callie Visagie

17 Morné Mellet

18 Nicolaas Janse Van Rensburg

19 Wiaan Liebenberg

20 Rudy Paige

21 Tian Schoeman

22 Jesse Kriel