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Bulls side unchanged for Jukskei derby

Blue Bulls head coach John Mitchell has named an unchanged squad for their derby clash against the Lions at Loftus on Saturday.

The Bulls are unchanged from the match against the Hurricanes which they won 21-19 Picture: Twitter/@BlueBullsRugby

JOHANNESBURG- Blue Bulls head coach John Mitchell has named an unchanged squad for the derby clash against the Lions at Loftus on Saturday.

The men from Pretoria beat the Hurricanes 21-19 in their season opener at Loftus last week Saturday and have opted for continuity against a high-flying Lions team.

Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant was the late withdrawal last week due to a knee injury and Mitchell says that he will not rush him back to action.

Meanwhile, Lions Coach Swys de Bruyn has made a few changes to the team that will take on Argentine side the Jaguares 47-27 at Emirates Airline Park.

Springbok lock Franco Mostert will pack down on the blindside flank in a surprise move as regular starter Kwagga Smith is on compassionate leave this weekend.

Marvin Orie comes into the second row to face up against his former side, while Rohan Janse van Rensburg makes his first start of the season in place of Harrold Vorster at inside centre.

Bulls – 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (c), 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.

Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Nic de Jager, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Duncan Matthews.

Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Subs: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Janse van Vuuren, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Madosh Tambwe.