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The Vodacom Bulls head to the Emirates Airline Park for a derby bigger than bragging rights in round 11 of the 2023 Currie Cup campaign. The Tshwane-based outfit will cross the Jukskei in search of a crucial victory over noisy neighbours, the Fidelity ADT Lions on Saturday 20, May.

Kick-off in Johannesburg is set for 15h00pm.

Johan Goosen is the only change to the team that travelled to Kimberly, coming into the starting xv with Chris Smith moving to the impact squad. Goosen links up with Embrose Papier (scrumhalf) as the halfback combination on the day.

Gerhard Steenekamp (loosehead), Johan Grobbelaar (hooker) and Mornay Smith (tighthead) are in the front row, as Ruan Nortje and Ruan Vermaak combine at lock. Marcell Coetzee (blindside) starts alongside Nizaam Carr (openside) with Elrigh Louw at eight, completing the forwards pack.

The backline remains unchanged, with the services of Marco Jansen van Vuren (left) and Sibongile Novuka (right) retained at wing, whilst Harold Vorster and Stedman Gans line up at centre, with David Kriel at fullback.

Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Simphiwe Matanzima, Francois Klopper, Charlie Ewels, Cyle Brink, Keagan Johannes, Chris Smith and Cornal Hendricks form part of the impact squad.

FIDELITY ADT LIONS vs VODACOM BULLS STARTING XV: 1. Gerhard Steenekamp (Naka Bulle), 2. Johan Grobbelaar (UP Tuks), 3. Mornay Smith (Centurion), 4. Ruan Vermaak (Naka Bulle), 5. Ruan Nortje (c) (Naka Bulle), 6. Marcell Coetzee, 7. Nizaam Carr (Harlequins), 8. Elrigh Louw (UP Tuks), 9. Embrose Papier (UP Tuks), 10. Johan Goosen (Naka Bulle), 11. Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12. Harold Vorster (Northam Rhinos), 13. Stedman Gans (Northam Rhinos), 14. Sibongile Novuka (Naka Bulle), 15. David Kriel (Centurion)

VODACOM BULLS IMPACT SQUAD: 16. Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Pretoria), 17. Simphiwe Matanzima (Naka Bulle), 18. Francois Klopper (Tuine), 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. WJ Steenakamp (Tuine), 21. Keagan Johannes (UP Tuks), 22. Chris Smith (Harlequins), 23. Cornal Hendricks (Northam Rhinos)

MANAGEMENT: Jake White – Director of Rugby, Sean Everitt – Defence & Breakdown, Hugo van As – Backline, Gert Smal – Forwards, Andre Volsteedt – Strength & Conditioning, John-William Meyer – Technical Analyst, Yusuf Vahed – Sports Scientist, Dr. Herman Rossouw – Team Doctor, Lance Lemmetjies – Senior Physiotherapist, Kyle Meyer – Physiotherapist, Elias Bennett – Team Manager, Zama Dyidi – Logistics Manager

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