The Blue Bulls have another daunting challenge on Friday night (19:15) when they return to Loftus to put right that went wrong last weekend.
They play the Free State Cheetahs, a PRO14 team in all but name, in what has become a must-win match for the Blue Bulls after their scrumming woes that was worth more than their general play in their 5-20 loss to Western Province last weekend.
There will be much interest in the Free State side’s first match of the 2019 Currie Cup competition. With their experienced PRO14 side available they are confident of getting close to the title.
A win this weekend will be a tremendous boost, while it will make the Blue Bulls task to win the competition that more difficult should they lose at home.
The Cheetahs have a long list of their top players who are not available, including Springbok Oupa Mohoje and USA Eagles scrumhalf Ruben de Haas, who is preparing with the USA squad for the World Cup. Other injured players who could not be considered are Aidon Davis (broken leg), Justin Basson (knee), Ali Mgijima (Achilles), Luan de Bruin (neck), Malcolm Jaer (groin) and Daniel Maartens (ankle).
15 Louis Fouche, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Dries Swanepoel,11 Rabz Maxwane, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Henco Venter, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Majezi, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Gerhard Olivier, 22 Dian Badenhorst, 23 Darren Adonis