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Blue Bulls unchanged for semi’s


Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar made no changes to his side that beat the MTN Lions last weekend for their Absa Currie Cup semi-finals clash against The Sharks in Durban.

It is the first time this season that Pienaar could name the same 22 on consecutive weekends and the coach feels that this could help them carry some momentum into Saturday’s showdown.

“Nothing that happened during the normal part of the competition will matter on Saturday. This will be about 80 minutes and who executes best. It is nice to know that we have some momentum with us, following the return of our Springboks and the way they came into the team,” Pienaar said.

“We finished well last weekend and will be looking to continue with that. We will have to start well, as the Sharks have proved many times that they know how to close out games when leading on the scoreboard.”

Vodacom Blue Bulls captain, Dewald Potgieter, points to the fact that at least half of the squad has won the Currie Cup in their careers.

“We know what a special effort will be needed to go all the way. We have been with our back against the walls for long spells this season, but responded every time, which is typical of the characters you find in this squad. They won’t quit and that will be the mind-set again this weekend against a team that is well respected, but not unbeatable.”

The team to play the Sharks is: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Francois Venter, Bjorn Basson, Mornè Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Arno Botha, Jacques Potgieter, Dewald Potgieter ©, Juandrè Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Willie Wepener, Mornè Mellett. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Frik Kirsten, Wilhelm Steenkamp, CJ Stander, Francois Hougaard, Louis Fouchè, Dean Greyling.

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  1. This is the most important game in South African rugby for the next 5 years.

    Its important that the Sharks win as a Bulls victory will be a vote of confidence in HM’s game plan as well as his chioce in flyhalf.

    This game will serve as future direction for Bok rugby for the forseeable future. So please Sharks drill the Bulls a new hole so we can have the change that will make the boks competitive.

    HM is in a pickle. Does he try lift his win ratio by going convserative team and game plan?

  2. Sharks played well in two very wet games and scored some impresive tries in those two games. I do believe if Morne is controlling the game the Bulls can win.

    Sharks should win this hands down but it’s a semi and anything can happen

  3. This is a good Bulls team, only thing counting against them is their inconsistency. Since Superugby they have been “on/off” for most of the season. If they have an “on” day they definitely can beat the Sharks.

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