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    Bulls expect sterner test

    2012-04-04 22:31
    Cape Town - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke believes their Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders on Saturday could be even more challenging than their derby against the Stormers last week.

    Ludeke decided to stick with the starting team that lost 20-17 at Newlands when he named his side on Wednesday.

    The Crusaders are starting to find their rhythm, especially with All Black pivot Dan Carter back from a long injury layoff.

    "The Crusaders will pose even more challenges than the Stormers, even though the game is at Loftus Versfeld.

    "They have heaps of All Blacks of which many were part of the team that won the World Cup barely six months ago.

    "The Crusaders have skills and temperament, so our rugby and execution would have to be faultless. It's important that we keep winning, especially at home," Ludeke told Beeld.

    Ludeke was unhappy with their error count against the Stormers last week but is confident the issue has been addressed properly.

    “On Saturday discipline cost us, and penalty kicks were the major difference between the two sides," Ludeke told SAPA.

    "Fourteen penalties (conceded) was not good enough.

    “There were some silly penalties and it is a thing that we need to totally get out of our game.

    “This weekend it will be vital again and I believe the players will clear up their act at the breakdown, scrum time, wherever in the game,” said Ludeke.

    The clash kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.

    Teams:

    Bulls:

    15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

    Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 JJ Engelbrecht

    Crusaders:
    TBA

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