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    Stormers favourites to win

    2012-03-27 08:28
    Cape Town - Bulls forwards coach Johann van Graan says the Stormers are favourites for their Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday.

    Van Graan told Beeld the Stormers have the experience, playmakers, home ground advantage and are an established side.

    "There's a reason why the Stormers are the only unbeaten side in the competition. They're playing together for the last two, three years now and have developed as a unit. They also held continuity from last year, when they were the best South African side in the series," said Van Graan.

    The Bulls had a few casualties after their 61-8 demolition of the Reds at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

    Half a dozen players couldn't train on Monday but the good news is all of them should be ready come Saturday.

    Jacques Potgieter (neck), Werner Kruger (neck), Chiliboy Ralepelle (flu), Jano Vermaak (back) and Zane Kirchner (knee) were all absent from the training session on Monday.

    With team doctor Org Strauss confident of having all six ready for the Newlands clash the men from Pretoria should be able to field their strongest possible team.

    Only one Springbok, Dewaldt Potgieter, won't be considered.

    Fetcher flank Deon Stegmann is fit and could play a big part against the Stormers.

    "We're very happy with the performance of CJ (Stander) against the Reds, but it remains a specialist position and few are better than Steggies (Stegmann) in that regard," said Van Graan.

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