For the third time in four years, the Vodacom Bulls host the Crusaders in a Super 14 semi-final.
This time around, though, the game won’t be played at the Pretoria side’s Loftus stronghold, but rather at the more neutral venue of the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Will Richie McCaw and his men make it third time lucky here, or will they need to stand back and once again watch the Bulls go on to play in (and probably win) the final, just as was the case in 2007 and 2009.
Ref: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
ARs: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Venue: Orlando Stadium, Soweto
Kick-off: 17.00 SA time; 15.00 GMT
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 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 (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Derick Kuün, 20 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 21 Stephan Dippenaar, 22 Pedrie Wannenburg.
Crusaders: 15 Colin Slade, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Daniel Bowden, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Ti’i Paulo, 1 Owen Franks.
Replacements: 16 Daniel Perrin, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Chris Jack, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Kahn Fotuali’i, 21 Tim Bateman, 22 Jared Payne.