Bulls name unchanged side to face Cheetahs

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has retained the starting team that beat the Sharks last week for this weekend’s Super Rugby match in Bloemfontein against the Cheetahs.

Last week the Bulls earned their first victory of the 2015 season so Ludeke wants to build on the momentum gained last week.

On the replacements bench Ludeke has made one change with Piet van Zyl returning to face his former Bloemfontein Super Rugby side.

“We finally found the momentum we were looking for in the opening rounds of the competition against the Sharks and managed four tries, ” Ludeke said in Pretoria.

“We will need the confidence and rhythm picked up on the weekend against the Cheetahs. They are one of the early front runners and will be full of self-belief. I am happy to name the same team. This is not only a vote of confidence, but we are also blessed with no injuries, something that hampered our consistency in the first couple of weeks, ” the coach said.

Bulls captain Pierre Spies, who scored one of the four tries against the Sharks last weekend, was keen for his troops to continue their positive mind-set on attack and self-belief in the set-phases.

“We did front up last weekend and for the first time this season, managed to finish when we created try-scoring opportunities. Training was much easier this week as the belief came back. We had a good week and are again looking for a good result. It will not be easy. They won in Bloem last year, something we need to change, ” Spies said.

Bulls

Jesse Kriel, Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Francois Hougaard, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies (c), Lappies Labuschagne, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield , Jacques du Plessis , Trevor Nyakane , Adriaan Strauss, Morne Mellett

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling, Marcel van der Merwe, Grant Hattingh, Hanro Liebenberg, Tian Schoeman, Piet van Zyl, Jurgen Visser.

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