The Bulls will not be fielding their best XV when they face the Stormers in their final Super 14 league match of the season at Newlands on Saturday.
Bulls captain Victor Matfield, on his Twitter page, confirmed that some of the team’s stars will not make the trip.
“We have decided to rest a few of the guys, but it is still a good team,” Matfield said in his tweet.
The Bulls can afford to rest most of their frontline players, as they have already secured first place on the standings – which brings with it a semifinal and possible Final at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium.
The Stormers need to win the game to book their place in the play-offs and secure a home semifinal.
* Meanwhile the Bulls captain, Matfield, was again given the team’s Bumble Bee team management award, following his side’s 40-35 win over the Crusaders at the weekend.
The award, given by team management to the player who contributed in a special way to the team’s performance, was given to Matfield for his exceptional leadership, ability to stay calm under pressure and the fact that he completed the match, despite suffering from severe stomach cramps.
The other awards are:
Bison (most cleans): Stephan Dippenaar (eight in 35 minutes)
Sniper (most tackles): Deon Stegmann (12 in 65)
Hitman (biggest hit): Fourie du Preez
Ant (best back): Francois Hougaard
Workhorse (best forward): Gary Botha/Deon Stegmann
Bumble Bee (exceptional effort): Victor Matfield
Forwards coach Johann van Graan described the encounter with the Crusaders as a ‘Test match’.
“The Crusaders played for survival and we played for a home semifinal,” Van Graan said.
“There was a massive battle at first phase and we are quite happy with the outcome. We had a 100 percent line-out and had the better of the scrums where we faced an All Black front row.
“Both teams tested the defences in a big way and we showed massive character to win the match in the last minute. The Crusaders only kicked 17 times [the Bulls 34] which is unusual for Super Rugby. We had to adapt to that as well.”
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