Super 14: Oz and NZ furious at Bulls' 'B team'

2010-05-13 00:00

A MAJOR storm is brewing in Australia and New Zealand after the Bulls named a B team to face the Stormers in the critical Super 14 game at Newlands on Saturday evening.

The Bulls, well clear at the top of the log and with home ground advantage already secured for the play-offs, will take on the second-placed Stormers with a team showing 14 chan­ges to the team which beat the Crusaders last weekend.

Coach Frans Ludeke is resting all his regulars and only makeshift centre Jacques-Louis Potgieter has retained his place. Overseas teams, vying with the Stormers for second place and a home semi-final, are furious.

The Waratahs, one of the teams vying with the Stormers for second place, said that the Bulls’ selection is against “the spirit of rugby’’.

CEO Jim L’Estrange had earlier promised to act if the Bulls named a severely depleted team for their final-round clash.

“If we think there is a cause to raise concern, we will certainly be raising it with SANZAR.”

A Newlands win will ensure the Stormers finish second. South Africa will then host both semi-finals next weekend. There is no SANZAR law that prevents a team from resting players.



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