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16th April 2014 09:47

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Flip van der Merwe: Fit to lead the Bulls

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Waratahs in Sydney.

Lock Flip van der Merwe has been passed fit and will lead the team for their third tour match to Australasia.

Van der Merwe got injured in last weekend's loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin, but has recovered sufficiently from his arm injury to lead the team.

Frans Ludeke has made one change on the bench, where Rudy Paige will act as scrum-half cover. Should Paige take to the field it will be his first appearance in the competition this year.

"We are very keen to get back on the winning trail," Ludeke told the Bulls' official website.

"We had opportunities in Napier and Dunedin, but could not convert enough of those to secure us victory. We have played well in patches, so will be looking for a solid performance in Sydney.

"We realise we are facing one of the leading teams in the competitions in the Waratahs, who has been playing great rugby this season, but also know that we are very hard to beat if we stay in our structures, rhythm and manage to keep the ball."

Van der Merwe said they owe it to themselves to deliver on Saturday.

"We are desperate for a win and the only way we will achieve that is by showing up and playing to our potential on Saturday," he explained.

"We have ambitions in this tournament, but we need to make a stronger statement about that than we have done up to now."

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Grant Hattingh , 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield , 4 Flip van der Merwe (c), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel vd Merwe, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 William Small-Smith, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 Rudy Paige, 23 Morné Mellet.

Date: Saturday, April 19
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19:40 (local, 09:40 GMT)
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant Referees: James Leckie (Australia), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

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