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Ndungane returns for Bulls

26th March 2014 10:17

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Akona Ndungane Bulls v Cheetahs SR 2014

Back at 14: Akona Ndungane

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has made one change to his team to face defending champions the Chiefs in Pretoria on Saturday.

Akona Ndungane, who missed last week's win over the Sharks because of compassionate leave, is back in the team in place of Sampie Mastriet and will play in his 101st match for the franchise.

Victor Matfield, who took over the captaincy of the team following the late withdrawel of Flip van der Merwe last weekend, will again lead the team into battle.

"We managed to pick up some good momentum over the last couple of weeks and with no new injuries, we can look at maintaining that," Ludeke said on Wednesday.

"Akona has played in all our matches this season and only missed last weekend because of his father's passing, so we are keen to have him back. He brings a lot of experience and composure."

Matfield admitted that the Chiefs will be a stern test.

"They are not the champions for nothing," he said.

"They are well-balanced with a lot of strike power at the back, but also have a solid and strong first phase in their play.

"We will have to be very accurate and use our changes if we want to be victorious."

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

Date: Saturday, March 29
Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Kick-off: 15.00 local (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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