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Bulls challenge for home semi-final

Bulls Coach Frans Ludeke has made three changes to his team to play the Sharks at Loftus.

Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke and injured captain Pierre Spies. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Bulls Coach Frans Ludeke has made three changes to his team to play the Sharks at Loftus on Saturday.

Should the Bulls win, it will go a long way to cementing a home semi-final for the men in blue.

Morné Steyn comes off the bench to start ahead of the injured Louis Fouché, while Jan Serfontein replaces Wynand Olivier, meaning his centre partner JJ Engelbrecht moves to his preferred position of outside centre.

Captain Dewald Potgieter said despite having won the SA conference, that alone would not put trophies in the cabinet.

"We approach things week-by-week, not focusing too much on winning a conference because at the end, that doesn't win you anything. It's all about being in the right spot when it matters.

Ludeke said, "I think for us, it's vital not to get ahead of ourselves this weekend. We've got a very good side and like the captain said, there are areas that we've got to step up, areas that weren't accurate enough, so it's about chasing detail and accuracy."

The stand-in Bulls captain has labelled the Sharks pack as their biggest threat.

"They've got a strong pack that has been performing well. It's a nice opportunity for us just to make one or two step-ups in our games and see how we do against a really strong pack.

"Against the Kings, we might have been lucky on some occasions in getting away with some average details in our phase-play."

Jano Vermaak comes back into the match day 22 following a hamstring injury.

Ludeke said Vermaak's inclusion will provide some welcomed relief.

"His performance speaks for itself; it's good to have him back. We were a little bit worried about injuries at one stage, so it's nice to get him and Francois Hougaard back."