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Brumbies unchanged for Bulls clash

24th July 2013 11:31

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Ben Mowen: Skippers the same matchday 22 again

Brumbies boss Jake White has named an unchanged matchday 22 for Saturday's semi-final against the Bulls in Pretoria.

It's been nine years since the Canberra-based franchise last tasted finals rugby and White said his team would be taking its opportunity.

"The Bulls present us with a huge challenge this weekend," he said.

"We know they will play through their forwards and use Morne [Steyn] to finish with points.

"They have a good record here at Loftus and for our players to experience running on in front of a full house of more than 50,000 people will be fantastic.

"They are a typical South African side, very big and physical with some quality finishers out wide so it's up to our players to combat that with our own game."

Saturday's clash with the Bulls is the second time the Brumbies have faced off against the men from Pretoria this season.

In round seven the Brumbies narrowly avoided a draw when they were awarded a penalty after the siren, eventually winning 23-20.

Last time the Brumbies played at Loftus Versfeld was in April 2012 when despite outscoring the Bulls five tries to two, the Brumbies still went down 36-34.

Steyn booted 23 points that night - including seven penalties - leaving the Brumbies under no illusion as to how important infringements will be in this upcoming fixture.

Along with the Brumbies, who have a record of winning seven from eight finals matches at home since 1997, the Bulls have emerged as another side difficult to move during post-season rugby and are undefeated at home with five from five.

Should the Crusaders be able to knock over the Chiefs on Saturday night, the winner of this encounter will host the Final next Saturday.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 George Smith, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Andrew Smith, 22 Joe Tomane.

Date: Saturday, July 27
Kick-off: 17:05 (15:05 GMT)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper, Stuart Berry
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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