Bulls unchanged for SA derby

The Bulls have named the same match 22 that beat the Cheetahs last week for their decisive clash with the Sharks on Friday.

There was no place in the squad for flank Deon Stegmann who has recovered from injury, coach Frans Ludeke bracing for a physical contest in which he will hope the bulky loose trio of Pierre Spies, Jacques Potgieter and Dewald Potgieter will get them momentum at the gainline on attack.

The Bulls will also hope for a better return from their bench. There was a patent loss of potency when the reserves were introduced against the Cheetahs. That will have to be remedied at Kings Park in a match the Bulls will probably have to win to keep pace with the Stormers, who are favourites in their trip to Bloemfontein on Saturday.

‘We will have to be able to answer some tough questions out there,’ coach Frans Ludeke said. ‘I would like to believe that our team thrive on challenges and the bigger they are, the better we respond. This is why the guys put in the hours and hours of hard work after all. We prepared well and everyone is very keen to do well. We still have our destiny in our own hands and want to keep it like that.’

Bulls - 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip vd Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Francois Venter