Ndungane,Greyling in Blue Bulls Currie Cup return

Springboks Akona Ndungane, Deon Stegmann and Dean Greyling are back in the Blue Bulls team to play Griquas in an Currie Cup match in Kimberley on Saturday.

Stegmann has recovered from a cheekbone injury that saw him miss almost two months of rugby, Ndungane is fit again after injuring ribs and missing two matches and the cut to his hand that forced Greyling out of a start against the Pumas, has healed sufficiently for the prop to take his regular spot in the front row.

Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar also moved Gerhard van den Heever from wing to fullback, to fill the position vacated by Zane Kirchner, who joined the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Rossouw de Klerk injured his ankle and will miss this encounter ensuring Frik Kirsten to retain his place on the bench.

Pienaar admitted that this could be their hardest match of the year.

“The reality is that Griquas could still get past us on the log, so they have everything to play for as well. We will probably need 10 points from our last two games to stay in the play-off race, so it will be two pretty desperate teams taking on each other, ” Pienaar said.

“It has always been a massive challenge to go and beat Griquas on their home patch and we will need all the experience we can get to do that. “

“It is therefore very pleasing to welcome back the three Springboks to our team, ” Pienaar said.

The team to play Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday, October 8th at 15h00 is:

Blue Bulls

Gerhard van den Heever, Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Francois Venter, Bjorn Basson, Jano Vermaak, CJ Stander, Jacques Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha (c), Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Arno Botha, Warwick Tecklenburg, Dustin Jinka, Francois Brummer.

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