Van den Heever starts for Blue Bulls

Bulls Super Rugby wing Gerhard van den Heever has been included in the Blue Bulls team to play the Lions at Coca Cola Park in a Currie Cup match on Saturday.

Van den Heever will replace the injured Akona Ndungane in the only change to the side that beat Western Province last weekend.

The speedster started the Currie Cup season in the fullback position, but suffered an injury and his return coincides with Ndungane’s rib injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks.

Coach Pine Pienaar admitted that he was lucky to have Van den Heever fit.

“Gehard has played well at this level in the past and will boost the side with his incisive running and pace,” said Pienaar.

“He is a proven try scorer and we will need tries to beat the Lions on their home turf.”

Pienaar was adamant that the Blue Bulls are not out of the play-offs race, but admitted that they will probably need to beat the Lions.

“We cannot look at other teams and hope for them to do us any favours.

“We need to knuckle down and beat the Lions, because only then we will remain in control of our destiny.”

Pienaar will make a final call on the availability of Louis Fouché on Friday. If the pivot recovers from a groin strain, he will replace Francois Brummer, who will then drop to the bench.

If Fouché is unfit to play, Brummer will start at ten and Marnitz Boshoff will be his back-up. Fouché was replaced on short notice by Brummer before the WP game.

The Blue Bulls team to play the Lions is:

Zane Kirchner, Born Basson, Wynand Olivier, Francois Venter, Gerhard van den Heever, Louis Fouché/Francois Brummer, Jano Vermaak, CJ Stander, Jacques Potgieter, Dewald Potgieter, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha (c), Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Rossouw de Klerk, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Arno Botha, Dustin Jinka, Francois Brummer/Marnitz Boshoff, Jurgen Visser.

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