Same again for the Bulls


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Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer has opted for the same starting XV that smashed the Lions last week, as he gears up for the arrival of the Blues at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday.

The matchday 22 shows just one change, with Danie Rossouw coming back from suspension (for a dangerous tackle against the Stormers in Week 11) to replace Francois Van Schouwenburg on the bench.

The game is vital for both teams, as they not only strive to confirm their places in the play-offs, but are also chasing home ground advantage in the semi-finals and possible Final.

The decision to retain the same starting follows the Bulls’ incredible form in the last two weeks, in which they have scored 80 points and conceded just 19 – an average winning margin of 40-10. The Bulls also scored 12 tries to three against the Stormers and Lions.

Bulls: 15 Johan Roets, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp
Replacements: 16 Jaco Engels, 17 Danie Thiart, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Derick Ku’n, 20 Heinie Adams, 21 Morn’ Steyn, 22 Jaco van der Westhuyzen

Date: Friday, 27 April
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.05 (17.05 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Touch judges: Bradley Wahl (Australia), Linston Manuels (South Africa)
Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Assessor: Paul Ramsay


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