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Orlando away game for Bulls
Pretoria – The Bulls’ rugby team will only train at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday prior to their semi-final against the Crusaders.
The team will complete the rest of their preparations on Loftus’ B field, but on Tuesday gain first-hand knowledge of the Orlando Stadium.
They will also know by then whether they will have Springbok lock Bakkies Botha available after he was cited for an incident of foul play against the Stormers at the weekend.
Botha, who captained the side, will appear in front of a judicial officer on Monday.
The Crusaders, who flew back to Christchurch scarcely a week ago for their last league game, had to pack again immediately after they beat the Brumbies. However, they were stranded in Sydney for a day.
The Waratahs, who play the Stormers in the other semi-final in Cape Town, took all the available business class seating and the Crusaders could only travel on Monday.
Captain Richie McCaw also had to hastily arrange another passport after his old one accidentally landed in a washing machine on his return.
Coach Todd Blackadder said it would serve no purpose to complain about the travel schedule.
“I don’t have my sleeping patterns back yet and now it will change again, but the players are not worried by it,” he said.