Basson terug vir Blou Bulle
October 02, 2012
Die rekord-driedrukker, Bjorn Basson, is in die span van die Vodacom Blou Bulle opgeneem wat Vrydagaand op Loftus Versfeld teen die DHL Westelike Provinsie speel.

Die vleuel het uiteindelik herstel van die operasie wat hy moes ondergaan nadat hy ‘n skeur aan sy dunderm opgedoen het in die Vodacom Bulls se uitspeelwedstryd teen die Crusaders in die Vodacom Super Rugby reeks in Mei.

Basson, wat vanjaar die Bulls se drieërekord in ‘n Super-seisoen verbeter het, is ook die Suid-Afrikaanse rekordhouerhouer vir drieë in ‘n Absa Curriebekerseisoen

Arno Botha se oproepinstruksies na die Springbokspan beteken dat afrigter Pine Pienaar weer sy lostrio moes verander. Jean Cook, wat voorheen as plaasvervanger in die kompetisie gespeel het, begin in die nommersewetrui in die plek van sy gewese SA o.20-spanmaat in die wedstryd in Absa se Curriebeker-kompetisie.

Dean Greyling is weer beskikbaar na hy ‘n skorsing uitgedien het en afrigter Pine Pienaar sal later in die week ‘n finale besluit neem wie van Greyling of Mornè Mellett in die wedstryd sal speel.

Chiliboy Ralepelle is as plaasvervanger gekies.

•Try-scoring record holder Bjorn Basson is back to bolster the Vodacom Blue Bulls ahead of their Absa Currie Cup match against the DHL Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. The winger has now fully recovered from the effects of an operation following a tear to his intestines in the Vodacom Super Rugby play-off match between the Vodacom Bulls and Crusaders way back in May.

Basson, who improved the Vodacom Bulls try scoring record in a season in 2012, is also the South African record holder for tries in a Currie Cup season. He replaces Sampie Mastriet.

The late call-up of Arno Botha to the Springboks squad again results in a new loose trio combination for the WP match. Jean Cook slots in at number seven to replace his former SA U.20 team mate, while Dean Greyling has been bracketed with Mornè Mellett at loosehead in the only other change to the team that came so close in beating The Sharks last weekend.

Greyling just returned from a two week suspension picked up while playing for the Springboks in Dunedin against the All Blacks. A final call on who will start in the number one jersey will be made later in the week.

Chiliboy Ralepelle makes a welcome return to the side after recovering from a knee injury and will play off the bench for his first Currie Cup action of the year. He replaces Bongi Mbonambi.

The team is: Jürgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Francois Venter, Bjorn Basson, Louis Fouchè, Jano Vermaak, CJ Stander, Jean Cook, Dewald Potgieter (c), Franco Mostert, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Werner Kruger, Willie Wepener, Mornè Mellett/Dean Greyling. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Frik Kirsten, Grant Hattingh, Warwick Tecklenburg, Ruan Snyman, Lionel Cronjè, Ulrich Beyers.