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Hougaard misses the cut again

Bulls fly-half Derick Hougaard has ben ruled out for the second successive week, after he failed a late fitness test on Friday.

His place in the team, to face the Cheetahs in a Super 14 Round Two match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday, will be taken by Morn’ Steyn – who also stepped in when Hougaard withdrew before the Sharks encounter last week.

The decision to withdraw Hougaard from the side was taken by Bulls doctor Tommie Smook, after the captain’s run when Hougaard started complaining of pain and discomfort.

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Jacques-Louis Potgieter will again come in on the bench as cover for fly-half, as he did last week.

Bulls – revised: 15 Johan Roets, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morn’ Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Anton Leonard, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg,
5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Danie Thiart, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Wessel Roux
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Nicholas Eyre, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Marius Delport

Date: Saturday, 10 February
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Touch judges: Phillip Bosch (South Africa), Pro Legoete (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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