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Basson booster for Blue Bulls
October 01, 2013
Bjorn Basson maak Vrydag op Loftus Versfeld weer ‘n welkome terugkeer in die Vodacom Blou Bulle se span vir hul Absa Curriebekerwedstryd teen die Sharks.

Basson, wat in sy enigste ander verskyning vir die span vanjaar twee drieë gedruk het, is deur die Springbokspan vrygestel van die Castle Lager Rugbykampioenskapswedstyd teen Nieu-Seeland en kan dus op sy gereelde tuisveld uitdraf.

Hy vervang Sampie Mastriet op vleuel. Mastriet skuif na die plaasvervangerbank in die plek van Clayton Blommetjies.

Afrigter Pine Pienaar het ook aan sy voorry verander vir die deurslaggewende wedstryd teen die ligavoorlopers.

Bongi Mbonambi begin op haker en ruil plekke met Bandise Maku, terwyl Werner Kruger, wat verlede week teen Griekwas begin het, ruskans kry met Frik Kirsten wat op vaskop gaan begin.

•Bjorn Basson will make a welcome return to the Vodacom Blue Bulls side to play The Sharks in an Absa Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

The winger, who scored two tries in his only appearance for the Blue Bulls in the competition this year, has been released by the Springboks ahead of their test match against New Zealand in Johannesburg.

Basson will play on the wing, with Sampie Mastriet dropping to the bench and Clayton Blommetjies missing out on selection.

Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar also made two changes to his front row for this crucial clash against the log leaders.

Bongi Mbonambi will start at hooker and Frik Kirsten, who recovered from a knee injury, will play as tighthead. Bandise Maku (bench) and Werner Kruger (dropped) started against Griquas last weekend.

The team to play The Sharks is: Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, William Small-Smith, Francois Venter, Bjorn Basson, Handré Pollard, Rudy Paige, Jono Ross (c), Jacques du Plessis, Wiaan Liebenberg, David Bulbring, Paul Willemse, Frik Kirsten, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Marcel van der Merwe. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Dean Greyling, Grant Hattingh, Jacques Engelbrecht, Lohan Jacobs, Ulrich Beyers, Sampie Mastriet.

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