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Newlands clash to be 'a classic' – Ludeke

Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke added his voice to those expecting a rugby classic this weekend ahead of his side’s showdown with Vodacom Super Rugby leaders, DHL Stormers at Newlands this weekend.

Ludeke named an unchanged team – unsurprisingly after a 61-8 win over the defending champion Reds last weekend – and is looking forward to his side continuing their form and momentum against the current log leaders this weekend.

Ludeke believes the teams will entertain and give fans a real north-south derby, one that will go down as a classic, as both sides manage “to bring the best out of each other.”

“Both teams get the best out of each other. For us it is an away game against the top team in the competition who will want to stay on top. We know what their capabilities are and we want to be accurate on the day. We are looking forward to the challenge over the weekend,” Ludeke said when naming his team.

The Bulls coach has been keen to label his opposition as favourites, and while the Stormers are unbeaten in this year’s tournament, the Bulls haven’t been slouches themselves with their 60-point victory last weekend.

“They (the Stormers) are a very good side. We respect what they have done in the last two to three seasons, they topped our conference last year,” Ludeke explained.

“It is a totally different campaign this year because we also feel like we have prepared well and a lot of things are working well for us.

“That is what makes this contest important because we are playing against a good side and the right time to use those opportunities at the beginning of the game and start off on a high.”

The only change in the match-day 22 is Bongi Mbonambi’s elevation to Super Rugby after some good play in the Vodacom Cup. Mbonambi replaces Willie Wepener, who has a facial infection.

BULLS TEAM: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, Johann Sadie, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies, Jacques Potgieter, CJ Stander, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Frik Kirsten, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, JJ Engelbrecht.


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