MIKE BLAIR has made five changes to his Edinburgh starting XV for their United Rugby Championship clash against the Bulls at the DAM Health Stadium tomorrow [Friday] evening.
Winger Damien Hoyland, centre Mark Bennett, scrum-half Charlie Shiel, flanker Magnus Bradbury and hooker Stuart McInally taking over from Ramiro Moyano, Cameron Hutchison, Ben Vellacott, Jamie Ritchie and Dave Cherry, respectively.
Vellacott and Cherry have been named on the bench, while the other three drop out of the squad altogether, with Ramiro is listed as injured. Ritchie and Hutchison appear to be rested.
“We’ve talked this week about finding balance to our game after doing some really positive things in the draw with DHL Stormers,” said head coach Blair.
“We were delighted to see that focus and energy in our fast start, but it’s about maintaining that throughout the full 80 minutes and ensuring we get our threatening strike runners on ball consistently, and executing our game plan from first whistle to last.
“The players have been buzzing to get back to DAM Health Stadium this weekend and the Vodacom Bulls present a unique challenge with their size and physicality.”
Edinburgh (v Vodacom at the DAM Health Stadium, Saturday 16th October @ 5.15pm British time): H Immelman; D Graham, M Bennett, J Lang, D Hoyland; J van der Walt, C Shiel; P Schoeman, S McInally, L De Bruin, M Sykes, G Gilchrist (captain), M Bradbury, L Crosbie, V Mata. Substitutes: D Cherry, B Venter, W Nel, P Phillips, M Kunavula, C Boyle, B Vellacott, J Johnstone.