Star Waratahs return for Brumbies clash
July 22, 2014
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Coach Michael Cheika has recalled South African lock Jacques Potgieter for the New South Wales Waratahs' Super Rugby semi-final with the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
Potgieter replaces Will Skelton in the second row, while star fullback Israel Folau and winger Rob Horne return from injury and illness in the only other changes to the team that beat the Queensland Reds in their last outing. Folau missed the Reds game with a corked thigh, while an ailing Horne was a match-day scratching.
Wingers Cam Crawford, Matt Carraro and Taqele Naiyaravoro have all been named on an extended nine-man bench for the Waratahs' first finals appearance since 2011.
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The Waratahs or the Brumbies, who were runners-up last year, will face with the winner of Saturday night's other semi-final between the Crusaders and the Sharks in the August 2 final.
New South Wales Waratahs: Israel Folau; Alofa Alofa, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne; Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps; Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper (captain), Stephen Hoiles; Jacques Potgieter, Kane Douglas; Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Tola Latu, Paddy Ryan, Jeremy Tilse, Will Skelton, Mitch Chapman, Pat McCutcheon, Brendan McKibbon, Taqele Naiyaravoro.
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