PRETORIA – Springbok prop Lizo Gqoboka will make a return to the Blue Bulls team when they face the Sharks in a crunch Currie Cup clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.
Gqoboka has been released from the Springbok squad for the match – and it’s a game the home side must win to make the playoffs of the Currie Cup.
Marco van Staden, who like Gqoboka played against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld last weekend, returns to the team as well, while coach Pote Human kept faith with the remainder of the squad that won in Johannesburg two weeks ago.
Gqoboka comes in for Dayan van der Westhuizen, who reverts to the bench, where several changes were made.
Corniel Els makes a first appearance for the squad as a back-up hooker, while Ruan Steenkamp is fit again and will play off the bench.
Human also handed a potential debut to Junior Springbok Vaughen Isaacs, who replaces Marnitz Boshoff as back-up flyhalf.
“We know what we need to do, so our options are clear,” Human said.
“We need to beat the Sharks by 12 points, with a bonus point, and make sure they don’t get a bonus point.
“The job at hand cannot be clearer than that. So, this is a quarter-final match for us, if you like,” the coach said.