CARLING CURRIE CUP: Gqoboka to lead exciting Vodacom Bulls team in Jukskei derby

Lizo Gqoboka will lead an exciting Vodacom Bulls side that will take on the Sigma Lions in a Carling Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The Vodacom Bulls on Tuesday announced a youthful team, with Gqoboka as the captain, that will travel south of the Jukskei for the domestic derby at Emirates Airline Park.

“We are very fortunate to have several players with great leadership qualities in the Vodacom Bulls squad, and Lizo has been one of those senior players who have always provided leadership in both the Carling Currie Cup and the Vodacom URC. We look forward to him, alongside Stedman Gans as vice-captain, leading this exciting team on Wednesday,” said Vodacom Bulls head coach, Gert Smal.

“We are pleased that we can give a few of our more youthful players an opportunity this week, be it in the starting lineup or on the bench.

“We do not doubt that we have a tough challenge ahead of us against a Sigma Lions team that will be motivated and will be tough opponents on Wednesday night. We will need to be at our best and will need to execute the plans we have been working hard on in the build-up to the match well.”

The match will kick off at 20h00 on Wednesday and will be televised on SuperSport.

The Vodacom Bulls team to face the Sigma Lions is:

STARTERS (15-1): David Kriel (Betway Centurion), Sibongile Novuka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Stedman Gans (Northam Rhinos), Marco Jansen van Vuren (Pretoria), Stravino Jacobs (Harlequins), Juan Mostert
(Harlequins), Bernard van der Linde (Betway Centurion), Muller Uys (UP Tuks), Werner Gouws (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), WJ Steenkamp (Tuine), Reinhardt Ludwig (UP Tuks), Raynard Roets (UP Tuks), Robert Hunt (Harlequins), Schalk Erasmus (Tuine), Lizo Gqoboka (CAPT, ABE Midas Naka Bulle).

IMPACT (16-23): Joe van Zyl (Harlequins), Cebo Dlamini (Harlequins), Mornay Smith (Betway Centurion), Ruan Delport (Betway Centurion), Jaco Labuschagne (Pretoria), Keagan Johannes (UP Tuks), Morne Steyn (Tuine), James Verity-Amm (Pretoria).