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Potgieter starts for Bulls against Crusaders

TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 08: Kotaro Matsushima #15 (C) of Sunwolves makes a tackle on Jacques Potgieter #20 during the Super Rugby Rd 7 match between Sunwolves v Bulls at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground on April 8, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images for SUNWOLVES)

Pretoria Super rugby franchise the Bulls have named Super Rugby title winner Jacques Potgieter in their team to play the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Potgieter won a Super Rugby title with the Waratahs in 2014 but has since played the for the Sharks and this season played the opening two matches for the Bulls during which he sustained an injury.

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Loose forward Potgieter has come off the bench in the Bulls last two matches but comes in to the side at flank replacing Jannes Kirsten who rotates to the bench.

Jan Serfontein, who was rested last week, is also named on the bench.

Bulls coach, Nollis Marais, said the team enters the contest with a lot of self-belief.

“Rugby is not only played on the field, but in the minds of teams as well. We lacked some belief when results did not reflect our effort earlier in the season, but that is not an issue any more. The last two wins confirmed that we can indeed compete against anyone,” Marais said.

“I have always said that the team is better than the results showed and the last two wins started to show that. We have a massive hurdle to overcome on Saturday though, as the Crusaders have been setting a number of benchmarks to other teams this year. They remain a classy side and despite not having Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read available for this match, remains one of the top teams in the competition.”

Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss, said the energy of playing a world class opponent will be high, as will be the opportunity to face them at Loftus Versfeld.

“We have certainly had some classics here against the Crusaders. We do have the ability to bring out the best in each other and these are the type of games you want to be involved in. We know what is at stake and everyone is very keen to deliver a performance that we all can be proud of. We enjoyed the bye last weekend, but now it is time to go out there and deliver the goods.”


 Warrick Gelant , Travis Ismaiel , Jamba Ulengo,Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal ,Tian Schoeman ,Piet van Zyl, Hanro Liebenberg ,Jacques Potgieter , Nick de Jager , Lood de Jager , Jason Jenkins ,Trevor Nyakane , Adriaan Strauss (c), Pierre Schoeman.

Replacements:  Jaco Visagie, Lizo Gqoboka ,Jacobie Adriaanse , RG Snyman, Jannes Kirsten, Rudy Paige,Francois Brummer,Jan Serfontein.

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