Oh yes please! We just love these ones, don’t we?
This game, despite all the hype, actually doesn’t mean all that much – at least not to the Sharks. While they would love to put one over their greatest rivals, the fact is that the semis are out of reach and the Sharks know it. There’s nothing but pride at stake.
Making the Sharks’ job far more difficult, though, is the news that Bismarck du Plessis has been ruled out for an indeterminate period with an injured nerve in his neck. John Smit will start the game at hooker, with Beast Mtawarira and Wiehahn Herbst occupying numbers 1 and 17 respectively.
Ref: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
ARs: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19:10 SA time, 18:10 BST
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Derick Kuün, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Stephan Dippenaar, 22 Pedrie Wannenburg.
The Sharks: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 1 John Smit (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Alistair Hargreaves, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andries Strauss, 22 Luzuko Vulindlu.