Bulls tackle Benetton without Bok champs

Jake White has made several changes to the Vodacom Bulls matchday 23 for the must-win clash against Benetton in Pretoria on Saturday.

The Bulls host the Italian outfit in a Vodacom URC quarter-final at Loftus Versfeld, and victory for the Herd will clinch them a first semi-final at home next week.

White has largely stuck with the same lineup that claimed a bonus-point win over the Sharks in Durban last week that clinched a first SA Shield crown for the men from the Highveld.

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However, openside flanker Marco van Staden and right winger Canan Moodie have been ruled out due to injury, with Nizaam Carr and Sebastian de Klerk rotating into the starting XV.

Utility forward Jannes Kirsten and the versatile Sergeal Petersen take the World Cup-winning Springboks’ spots on the bench.

Bulls – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sebastian de Klerk, 13 David Kriel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Cameron Hanekom, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Nortje (c), 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.
Subs: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Francois Klopper, 19 Reinhardt Ludwig, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Sergeal Petersen.

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