Greyling to play 50th thriller for Bulls

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Greyling May 7 Gallo Images Dean Greyling will play his 50th match for the Bulls when his side locks horns with the Stormers at Loftus on Saturday. Photo: Duif du Toit

Johannesburg – Bulls prop Dean Greyling will play in his 50th Super Rugby match for his team on Saturday, when the Pretoria team takes on the Stormers at Loftus Versfeld.

Greyling, who made his debut for the men in blue in 2008 against the Lions, will again line-up in a front row that consisted Callie Visagie (hooker) and Marcel van der Merwe (tighthead) as Bulls coach Frans Ludeke retained his starting pack for the clash.

Ludeke made one change to the backline that started against the Cheetahs last week, with JJ Engelbrecht back in the number 13 jersey for the clash against the Cape side.

Engelbrecht swapped places with William Small-Smith, who moved to the bench for the north/south derby.

Victor Matfield will again lead the side as Flip van der Merwe serves his last week of suspension.

According to the veteran lock, who will play in his 135th Super Rugby match, the Bulls must maintain the momentum they picked up in the second half of the match against the Cheetahs.

“We kept our composure and stuck to our structures, something we will need to do again against the Stormers,” Matfield said.

“They have shown some decent form in the last couple of weeks and are playing without fear, which makes them dangerous opponents.

“As is the norm with local derbies, it will be a physical affair and the challenge for us will be to remain calm and not get sucked into the match they want us to play.”

The Stormers: Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Handre Pollard, Francois Hougaard, Grant Hattingh, Jacques du Plessis, Jono Ross, Victor Matfield (captain), Paul Willemse, Marcel van der Merwe, Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Werner Kruger, Morne Mellett, Jacques Engelbrecht, Wimpie van der Walt, Rudy Paige, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, William Small-Smith. – Sapa

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