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Unchanged 22 for Sharks
Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 13:37
Bryan Habana © TouchlineThe Vodacom Bulls have named an unchanged 22 for their derby with the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The players have recovered from the bumps and bruises sustained against the Cats and are raring to go in this much-hyped encounter. The match has been played up by the Sharks as a South African final, but Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer has retorted that a side that aims to be the best in South Africa does not have any ambition. He added that the Bulls are aiming to be the best in the competition.

Meyer also said that sides should not be judged on just one performance, but rather their respective log positions at the end of the tournament. This would give a fairer indication of which side is the best.

Best side in the country or not, the side that loses this match will almost surely be out of the running for a semi-final position. This is not something the Bulls are thinking about at this stage, however.

According to Meyer, the side has to count on favours from other sides to make the semis and therefore they will not be focussing on the playoffs, but rather on playing the best possible rugby. That is not something the Bulls have really done this year, according to Meyer.

Last week’s win against the Cats was definitely a step in the right direction, but a further improvement against the Sharks will be necessary if the Bulls are to get the win.

15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen
14 Bryan Habana
13 JP Nel
12 Wynand Olivier
11 Frikkie Welsh
10 Morné Steyn
9 Fourie du Preez
8 Pedrie Wannenburg
7 Tim Dlulane
6 Jacques Cronje
5 Victor Matfield
4 Bakkies Botha
3 Danie Thiart
2 Gary Botha
1 Wessel Roux

16 Adriaan Strauss
17 Jaco Engels
18 Danie Rossouw
19 Pierre Spies
20 Francois van Schouwenburg
21 Heinie Adams
22 Akona Ndungane

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