Fourie on the bench for final

THE Blue Bulls have made one change to the team that will face the Free State Cheetahs in the final of the Vodacom Cup at Loftus B Field tomorrow.

THE Blue Bulls have made one change to the team that will face the Free State Cheetahs in the final of the Vodacom Cup at Loftus B Field tomorrow.

Bulls manager Tim Dlulane confirmed yesterday that Jaco Fourie will replace Zane Botha on the bench in tomorrow's match.

Botha suffered a broken jaw during last Saturday's semifinal against the Shark XV in Pretoria. Former Springbok Dlulane acknowledged the strength of the Free Staters and warned that they will not take them lightly.

"They can beat us and so we need to be very careful throughout the match," Dlulane said. "We have prepared ourselves thoroughly and are looking forward to the game. We are committed to bringing the Cheetahs' winning streak to a halt."

Nico Serfontein is aware that his side's winning run of nine matches could also come to a halt, as it happened in last year's final against the Griquas. "We are still hurt. We will not make the same mistake again," he said.

This year's Bulls have been fortified by the likes of John Mametsa, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Tiger Mangweni, Francois Brummer and Stephan Watermeyer.

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