RECAP: Bulls v Lions
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Currie Cup semifinal encounter between the Bulls and the Lions in Pretoria.
🚨 TEAM CHANGE 🚨 A hamstring niggle sees Stedman Gans relinquish the 13 jersey to Marco Jansen van Vuuren. Marnus Potgieter comes on to the bench as injury cover 💪🔥#BullsFamily24 #BULvLIO #CarlingCurrieCup pic.twitter.com/aSu4Oi9HnO
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) January 23, 2021
There will be no love lost between the Bulls and the Lions when they meet on Saturday in their Currie Cup semifinal at Loftus Versfeld, and their close encounter three weeks ago is expected to fuel their motivation.
The prospect of a home final, the desire to earn a memorable double after winning the Super Rugby Unlocked competition, and back-to-back wins against their rivals will drive the Bulls, but the Lions have a score to settle after losing by seven points in their last match.
Memories of going down in the Currie Cup final in Bloemfontein last year will also serve as a stark reminder of the feeling of despair that accompanies a knock-out defeat – something Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies and his team will be determined to prevent as they attempt to earn successive final berths.
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Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Jan Uys, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Marnus Potgieter.
Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 André Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Francke Horn.
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs, Griffin Colby
TMO: Marius Jonker