To­day’s line-ups at Lof­tus

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Zane Kirch­ner, Akona Ndun­gane, JJ En­gel­brecht, Jan Ser­fontein, Bjorn Bas­son, Morne Steyn, Fran­cois Hougaard, De­wald Pot­gi­eter (cap­tain), Jac­ques Pot­gi­eter, Deon Stegmann, Grant Hat­tingh, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chili­boy Rale­pelle, Dean Greyling. Re­place­ments: Callie Vis­agie, Frik Kirsten, Morne Mel­lett, Paul Willemse, Jono Ross, Jano Ver­maak, Jür­gen Visser.

Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Te­vita Kuridrani, Chris­tian Leali­ifano, Clyde Rath­bone, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen (cap­tain), Ge­orge Smith, Peter Kim­lin, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Ben Alexan­der, Stephen Moore, Scott Sio. Re­place­ments: Siliva Siliva, Ruan Smith, Fotu Auelua, Colby Fain­gaa, Ian Prior, An­drew Smith, Joseph To­mane. to 2006, when they won 27-21 – though the Bulls fin­ished above them in the log.

Pot­gi­eter said the Bulls needed to be ac­cu­rate at the break­down area against the two-time cham­pion Brumbies.

“They are a world class team in terms of the break­downs as they do not only have one or two play­ers com­mit­ting to this area, but ev­ery sin­gle player at­tacks the break­downs,” he said.

“It is im­por­tant for us to se­cure the ball and en­able guys like Fran­cois Hougaard and Jano Ver­maak to con­trol the ball be­hind the break­down and set pieces.”

While the Bulls have in­tro­duced a few rook­ies this sea­son, the side has a suf­fi­cient num­ber of sea­soned cam­paign­ers with the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing knock­out matches.

Pot­gi­eter said the core of se­nior play­ers within the team brought some calm, ahead of the match, which made his task as cap­tain slightly eas­ier.

“The fact that it is a semi-fi­nal makes my job eas­ier and the mag­ni­tude of the oc­ca­sion is not lost on the play­ers,” he said.

“It is al­most more im­por­tant to re­main calm in ev­ery­thing you say, and through the way you

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