Mitchell calls on Sevens star for Crusaders

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018    Getty Images

It will be Agaba's starting debut and he has been named No.8 with Hanro Liebenberg moving to the blindside flank. However, flanker Thembelani Bholi, who impressed against the Chiefs has not been included in the 23 for the game.


Agaba's speed coupled with his ball carrying ability will make him competitive in the loose but his height also gives the side a boost towards the back of the lineout.

A change has also been forced at halfback with Andre Warner ruled out due to concussion. That will see South Africa Under-20 star Embrose Papier make his first start. He showcased his immense potential when he scored a superb try against the Chiefs last week only to see it ruled out for an earlier infringement by lock Lood de Jager.

Another loss for the side was lock RG Snyman who broke his jaw and has returned to South Africa. Jason Jenkins will replace him with Hendre Stassen the back-up lock.

Centre Jesse Kriel will make his 50th appearance for the Bulls while hooker, and former Springbok, Adriaan Strauss will play his 148th game when coming off the bench. That will equal former Springbok and Bulls lock Victor Matfield's record for the most Super Rugby caps by a South African player.

But with two games already down on their tour, Mitchell has reminded his side of the task they have ahead of them.

Mitchell said on "To beat the Crusaders, you need to outwork them.

"That will not be easy, as they have a tremendous work ethic as a team. We are not on this journey to become a better team because it is easy, so we must be prepared to play for all 80 minutes and play every big moment to the best of our ability," he said.

Captain Burger Odendaal highlighted the side's desire to win and their attitude as being important to win in Christchurch, something they have not achieved often in the past.

"We need the right attitude as that will drive our efforts. We have a saying that winning together is better than winning alone.

"This will require a massive team effort, but we can do it," he said.