Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 coach Handré Marnitz changed his halfback pairing for Friday’s Absa Under-21 provincial championships match against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth.
Marnitz pushed Kobus Marais from the bench into the number ten jersey, with Joshua Stander moving down to the bench from the team that had a close win over the Cell C Sharks two weeks ago. At scrumhalf, Impi Visser will start, with Theo Maree dropping to the bench and JP Smith losing out.
Dayan van der Westhuizen’s injury also results in a change to the front row, with Matthys Basson starting at tighthead and Johan van Wyk moving onto the bench. At hooker, Corniel Els will replace Arno van Wyk.
The team is:
Ganfried May, Jixie Molapo, Marquit September, Adrian Maebane, Duhan van der Merwe, Kobus Marais, Impi Visser, Jsuanre Swanepoel, Abongile Nonkontwana, Marco van Staden, Nicholaas Janse van Rensburg (c), Jason Jenkins, Matthys Basson, Corniel Els, Stefaan Grundlingh. Replacements: Jan van der Merwe, Johan van Wyk, Riekert Hattingh, Heinrich Viljoen, Theo Maree, Joshua Stander, Peet Schoeman