Victor Benches for Bulls

TeamsheetsVictor Matfield will play his 125th Super Rugby from the wood this Saturday in the South African derby between the Bulls and the Sharks.

‘We all know what Victor is capable of. He showed in training and in our friendly match that he is still right up there among the best and I am confident that he will make a telling contribution when called upon,’ said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

New Springbok recruit Piet van Zyl and SA age group level star Handré Pollard join Matfield among the reserves.

8 members of the team running were in the side that lost in the final seconds of last year’s semi-final to the Brumbies  (coached by current Sharks coach Jake White).

Bulls – 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Victor Matfield, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.


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