URC: Bulls eye Edinburgh scalp to end tour on a high

URC: Bulls eye Edinburgh scalp to end tour on a high

The Bulls focus on Edinburgh as the league leaders look to complete their European travels with another successful showing in the United Rugby Championship.

The Tshwane-based outfit has already raked up ten points on the road and will be hunting for more in the Scottish capital.

Kick-off at the Hive Stadium is set for 19:35 local time (21:35 in South Africa) and will be broadcast live on SuperSport Rugby.

There are a number of changes made to the matchday 23 with the exception of the backline which will see the services of Sergeal Petersen and Sebastian de Klerk retained on the wings with David Kriel and Stedman Gans combining at the centre once more whilst Mr. Consistency, Devon Williams continues to shine at fullback.

Scrumhalf, Embrose Papier will have Johan Goosen (flyhalf) as partner at halfback. Ahead of the Papier/Goosen duo will be a forward pack led by loose-head prop, Gerhard Steenekamp, alongside hooker, Johan Grobbelaar and tight-head prop Wilco Louw. Behind the powerful trio will be the lock combination of Ruan Vermaak alongside his co-captain and namesake, Ruan Nortje.

Nortje will bind with - his co-captain - Marcell Coetzee who will run at blind-side flank with Elrigh Louw manning the openside flank position.

Cameron Hanekom will continue with his impressive start to the season running out as the herd's dominant eighth man.

The Bulls Director of Rugby, Jake White has opted to deploy a 6-2 split bench once more with Jan-Hendrik Wessels and Jaco van der Walt set to feature for the men in blue for the first time this season. Simphiwe Matanzima, Mornay Smith, Reinhardt Ludwig, Nizaam Carr, Keagan Johannes and Cyle Brink complete the impact ensamble.

Bulls - 1 Gerhard Steenekamp, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 3 Wilco Louw, 4 Ruan Vermaak, 5 Ruan Nortje (c), 6 Marcell Coetzee (c), 7 Elrigh Louw, 8 Cameron Hanekom, 9 Embrose Papier, 10 Johan Goosen, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 12 David Kriel, 13 Stedman Gans, 14 Sebastian de Klerk, 15 Devon Williams

Replacements - 16 Simphiwe Matanzima, 17 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Reinhardt Ludwig, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Jaco van der Walt, *24 Cyle Brink

*Brink is player 23 but will run out in jersey 24 because of size constraints

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