Must-win clash for the Bulls

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Ludeke Apr 23 Gallo Images Coach Frans Ludeke hopes the Bulls can bag a win over the Force in Perth on Saturday. Photo: Lee Warren

Johannesburg – Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made five changes to his starting line-up to face the Force in Perth on Saturday as they searched for a morale-boosting win.

“We have to get back to winning ways and this is a final opportunity to turn our tour into a positive,” Ludeke said on Wednesday.

“If we can bag a win here and add the losing bonus points we collected earlier on tour, the reward would justify the hard work we have put in.”

Jurgen Visser, who has recovered from the foot injury that ruled him out of the Waratahs clash, will replace Ulrich Beyers at fullback, while fit-again Akona Ndungane makes a return to his regular spot on the wing.

Francois Hougaard moves back to the base of the scrum following the knee-injury sustained by Piet van Zyl.

Paul Willemse replaces Flip van der Merwe who was handed a three-week suspension on Wednesday after being found guilty for striking an opponent. Victor Matfield will take over the captaincy.

In the other change, Ludeke rested Callie Visagie and gave Bongi Mbonambi a first start at hooker, with Bandise Maku expected to make a first appearance on the bench.

Bulls team: Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Grant Hattingh, Jacques du Plessis, Jono Ross, Victor Matfield (c), Paul Willemse, Werner Kruger, Bongi Mbonambi, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bandise Maku, Morne Mellett, Marcel van der Merwe, Wimpie van der Walt, Jacques Engelbrecht, Rudy Paige, Handre Pollard, Ulrich Beyers. – Sapa



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