Thursday, April 05, 2012

Bulls v Crusaders

April 6, 2012 

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Last meeting:
 Round 8 2011 -
Crusaders 27 bt Bulls 0 in Timaru
 Played 18
Bulls 6 Crusaders 12
 Jaco Peyper (RSA)
Greg Growden writes: The Crusaders are an experienced bunch, but the Pretoria factor can freak out opponents. The latest to be jittery is their flanker Matt Todd, describing Loftus Versfeld as 'one of the most hostile environments. We have to stick together. It is like us against everyone in there."

AAP writes: It's a case of "steady as she goes" for the Bulls, who have named an unchanged starting line-up for the second week in a row. Last week's 20-17 loss to the Stormers left the Bulls heartbroken, but coach Frans Ludeke says his team can't dwell on that disappointment ahead of a crunch clash with the Crusaders, who also boast a 3-2 record. The Crusaders weren't entirely convincing in recent wins over the Lions and Cheetahs. But with star five-eighth Dan Carter set to regain the kicking duties, the Crusaders should have a far more clinical look about them.

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

CRUSADERS: Israel Dagg, Sean Maitland, Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Zac Guildford, Dan Carter, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read (c), Matt Todd, George Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. 
Reserves: Quentin MacDonald, Ben Franks, Tom Donnelly, Luke Whitelock, Willi Heinz,Tom Taylor, Tom Marshall.

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