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REIGNING Vodacom Super 14 champions Bulls will face a test of character when they meet the Brumbies in their second match of the competition this year.
The game takes place at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.
At a press conference yesterday Bulls captain Victor Matfield promised that they would pull out all the stops to overcome the Brumbies, one of the toughest sides in the competition.
"Brumbies are a quality side who consist mostly of international players. They are well known for their marvellous kicking and their running game is a marvel to watch.
"It's going to be a tough but we are confident we will pull off the second victory of the season."
The Tshwane outfit kicked off the competition with an emphatic 51-34 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein at the weekend.
The good news is that wing Francois Hougaard has recovered after missing last week's opener due to a knee injury and will be in the starting XV. Centre Stephan Dippenaar will make his first run-on start in his fourth Super Rugby appearance after making his debut in 2008 against the Lions.
Dippenaar said yesterday: "The fact that I will be playing against Stirling Mortlock certainly makes it special. He is one of the best players this will be a good way of measuring where I am in my career," he said.
Outside centre Mortlock is a modern great of Australian rugby and has been a proven match-winner for the Brumbies and the Wallabies.