The Bulls will take on the Jaguares for the second time in this Super Rugby season on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Bulls head coach, Pote Human said that the squad is prepared and is keen to continue their winning momentum against a dangerous opponent.
“The Jaguares are very, very competitive and have shown that they can win away from home. We will be looking for some consistency in performance and we need to play better when at home, as we have some of the best home support in the competition. We have rested some players, but the new guys are all very keen to make a contribution and I expect a massive effort from all of them.”
As Duane Vermeulen gets ready to lead the Bulls, the challenge seems like it will be as much coming from the opponents as themselves.
“We were way under par when we last played them so we owe ourselves a proper performance against the Jaguares. It is nothing personal, but we would love to get one over them this time. The South African conference is so tight, we cannot afford another slip-up at home.”
The last time the two teams met in Argentina, the Jaguares won 27 – 12.
Bulls team and injury news
Corniel Els will make his first run-on appearance for the Bulls on Saturday.
The hooker, who played all six Super Rugby matches for the Bulls off the bench, will replace Schalk Brits, who misses out due to suspension. The 25-year old former Junior Springbok is one of seven changes to the starting team named by Head Coach, Pote Human, for the clash against the Jaguares.
Handré Pollard and Jesse Kriel will be rested due to World Cup protocols and will be replaced by Manie Libbok and Dylan Sage respectively, with Duane Vermeulen taking over the captaincy.
Jade Stighling will also play in the starting team for the first time this year, taking over from Rosko Specman, with Johnny Kotze on the other wing and Cornal Hendricks dropping to the bench.
In a positional change, Hanro Liebenberg moves back to lock in place of Jason Jenkins, who has a niggle and was ruled out on Wednesday.
Jannes Kirsten will start at flank and his place on the bench will be taken by Thembelani Bholi. There are more changes to the bench as well, where Jaco Visagie is due to make a first appearance in the tournament this season. Visagie is fit again following injury and will be keen to have a go. JT Jackson will cover as flyhalf.
Bulls: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Dylan Sage, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Hanro Liebenberg 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 JT Jackson, 23 Cornal Hendricks
Jaguares team and injury news
Jaguares head coach Gonzalo Quesada made three changes to the Jaguares starting XV, along with rotational changes.
In the forwards Marcos Kremer returns in the place of Tomás Lavanini. Pablo Matera also returns in the No 6 jersey.
Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias will make his starting debut for the season in the place of Joaquin Diaz Bonilla who is injured. In the backs, Matías Orlando enters in the place of Joaquín Tuculet.
The bench will see the return of Agustín Creevy and Rodrigo Bruni. While the Tucuman Domingo Miotti will have his first seat on the bench, with the hope of making his starting debut fro the Jaguares.
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Saturday, 6 April at 15:05 (SAST).
TV & Live Stream
The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).