Chris Smith earns 1st start at flyhalf for Bulls


Chris Smith. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


Chris Smith. (Picture by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Pictures/Getty Pictures)

Chris Smith will earn his first begin at flyhalf when the Bulls host the Pumas of their ultimate Tremendous Rugby Unlocked match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The inclusion of Smith means incumbent Morne Steyn will get a well-deserved break, with Clinton Swart offering flyhalf cowl off the bench.

The remainder of the backline stays unchanged. 

Up entrance, Springbok flank Arno Botha will put on the No 7 jumper with Elrigh Louw dropping out of the match-day squad.  

Corniel Els begins at hooker with Joe van Zyl on the bench in a direct swap with incumbent Johan Grobbelaar nonetheless nursing an harm. 

The Bulls are all however assured the Unlocked title – the one manner they may concede is that if the Pumas beat them by 43 factors.

“As a result of Covid pandemic effecting proceedings and the match between the Stormers and Sharks being cancelled, we discover ourselves in a extra lucky place than anticipated. Regardless that this isn’t a super state of affairs for the match and the groups, all of us perceive that the security and well-being of all concerned comes first,” Bulls director of rugby Jake White mentioned by way of a press assertion.

“We as a workforce need to be certain that if we’re to be named champions then we need to do it the fitting manner, with a win towards a great Pumas workforce,” White added. 

Kick-off is 14:00 on Saturday.

Groups:

Bulls

15 David Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Ivan van Zyl, eight Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, four Walt Steenkamp, three Trevor Nyakane, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Jacques van Rooyen 

Substitutes: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren

Pumas

TBA

– Compiled by Sport24 workers



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