Spies: A lot at stake at Newlands
Cape Town - Bulls captain Pierre Spies has admitted that a lot will be at stake in their Super Rugby derby against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
The Bulls currently top the standings in the SA Conference with 28 points, with the Stormers narrowly behind on 26 points.
the Bulls still have to tour Australasia and only two of their final
seven encounters are at home. The Stormers, on the other hand, play five
of their remaining seven matches at home.
Saturday's clash could therefore go a long way in determining the winner in the SA Conference.
"We're going to Newlands to play good rugby and to get a good result. There is a lot at stake. You have to be consistent for 80 minutes and make use of your opportunities. And it will be a hard contest, as always," Spies told Netwerk24.
Spies said his players took confidence from their away win over the Sharks in Durban last weekend.
"We have a lot of away matches remaining and it was important to win there (Durban). However, we realise that the Stormers will be a tougher assignment at their home ground."
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Newlands is scheduled for 19:10.
Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende,
11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen
(captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Eben
Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff
16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20
Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones
Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan
Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Pierre
Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant
Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan
Strauss, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Morne
Mellet, 18 Arno Botha, 19 Lappies Labuschagne, 20 Akona Ndungane, 21
Tian Schoeman, 22 Jurgen Visser, 23 Trevor Nyakane