Hougaard, Serfontein back for Bulls
- 24 Jul 2013
Francois Hougaard and Jan Serfontein will start for the Bulls in their semi-final against the Brumbies in Pretoria on Saturday.
Both players have been sidelined with injury. Scrumhalf Hougaard is preferred ahead of Jano Vermaak, who drops to the bench, while Serfontein replaces Francois Venter at inside centre.
There are no other changes to the run-on side, but among the reserves lock Paul Willemse has recovered from injury and is named ahead of Jacques du Plessis.
Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke stressed his team would need to be clinical if they wanted to beat the Brumbies.
'We worked hard to put ourselves in a position where we could host a semi-final at home and we have achieved that. We cannot allow all that effort to go to waste on Saturday,' said Ludeke. 'We certainly respect the Brumbies as an opponent, but this match will be about us and our ability and drive to make them play the game at our tempo and to our plan. For that we will need to be accurate and execute the big plays well.'
Bulls – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter (c), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Jurgen Visser, 22 Morné Mellett.
Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images
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