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Bulls unchanged for Crusaders Super Rugby clash

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke at training

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Article Published: Wednesday 4 April 2012

The Bulls have named an unchanged squad for their Super Rugby match against the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke could name the same starting line-up for the third week in a row and with clarity on Willie Wepener's injury now available, again picked Bongi Mbonambi as back-up hooker.

"Willie is suffering from a virus that attacks his facial nerves and will be out of action for between three weeks and even up to three months."

"It is a great pity for him, but unfortunately there is no instant cure. We back Bongi to be an able replacement as he is a product of our junior structures. "

Mbonambi could earn a first ever Super Rugby cap if he gets a run. The 21 year old is a regular starter in the Blue Bulls Cup team.

Ludeke said his side will have to beat the Crusaders if they want to stay in the hunt.

"This is a very important one for us. A win would sustain momentum and our hard work, but a defeat could see us on the wrong side of the log."

"They are a team full of World Cup winning All Blacks, so we will have to be at our very best."


Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane , Johann Sadie, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn ,Francois Hougaard , Pierre Spies (c), Jacques Potgieter , CJ Stander , Juandre Kruger , Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger , Chiliboy Ralepelle , Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi , Frik Kirsten , Wilhelm Steenkamp , Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche JJ Engelbrecht

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