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3 Jun 2021
12:26 pm

Bok flank Marcell Coetzee to make Bulls debut

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Besides the inclusion of Coetzee at openside flank, Mornay Smith and Gerhard Steenekamp will prop up the scrum alongside hooker Johan Grobbelaar.

Marcell Coetzee, seen here during a Pro14 game for Ulster, will turn out for the Bulls this weekend. Picture: Getty Images

Springbok loose forward Marcell Coetzee will earn his first cap for the Bulls when they host the Stormers in their Rainbow Cup SA clash at Loftus on Friday.

Bulls director of rugby Jake White has tweaked the starting line-up with scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl returning from injury to partner flyhalf Morné Steyn, while wing Stravino Jacobs reclaims the No 11 jersey in place of James Verity-Amm.

Besides the inclusion of Coetzee at openside flank, Mornay Smith and Gerhard Steenekamp will prop up the scrum alongside hooker Johan Grobbelaar.

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Springbok utility back Gio Aplon has recovered from his ACL injury and will add experience off the bench, with fellow Springboks in prop Trevor Nyakane and flank Marco van Staden set to do the same.

“We’ve welcomed back Gio and Ivan from injury while Marcell gets his first start for us,” White said.

“It’s great having experience of this calibre coming back into our system as we head into the busines end of the tournament.

“The loss against the Lions put things into perspective as we cannot afford even one slip up in terms of the log.

“We need to make amends for it and there’s not many things tougher than a classic north-south derby”.

Bulls

David Kriel, Madosh Tambwe, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Cornal Hendricks, Stravino Jacobsn, Morné Steyn, Ivan van Zyl, Duane Vermeulen, Elrigh Louw, Marcell Coetzee, Ruan Nortje, Walt Steenkamp, Mornay Smith, Johan Grobbelaar, Gerhard Steenekamp

Bench: Schalk Erasmus, Jacques van Rooyen, Trevor Nyakane, Janko Swanepoel, Marco van Staden, Zak Burger, Chris Smith, Gio Aplon, Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Muller Uys, Jan Uys, James Verity-Amm