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Bulls will not hold back in ‘decider’

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The Bulls are recently off their best Australasian tour since 2010 beating the Rebels and finishing their New Zealand leg with ties against the Blues and the Highlanders

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The Bulls are on the cusp of reaching the Super Rugby playoffs for the first time since 2013, and they are prepared to leave it all on the field in Saturday’s crucial decider against the Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

The match is expected to serve as a final farewell for some of the Bulls stalwarts that will be leaving Pretoria for greener pastures after the campaign.

In-form second-rower RG Snyman is one of the big names that will not be available for next year’s competition after he signed a contract with Japanese club Honda Heat.

“It would be a sad moment (playing in his last game at Loftus), but I am still looking forward to going out there and play at Loftus,” Snyman said.

Snyman missed the first half the Bulls campaign due to an ankle injury but more than made up for his absence with storming displays since he made his return against the Reds. Between injuries to contenders and his stellar performances, Snyman emerged as a certain Bok selection ahead of the condensed Rugby Championship next month.

“I just do what I do there are still a few things I can work on, and there are always new challenges,” Snyman said.

The Bulls are recently off their best Australasian tour since 2010 beating the Rebels and finishing their New Zealand leg with ties against the Blues and the Highlanders.

A bonus-point defeat would suffice to secure a play-offs berth, but they can expect a bun-fight against the Lions who will be looking to win the return match.

The last time the sides met, the Bulls produced a clinical 30-12 win over the Lions at Ellis Park in April. But the Bulls will be desperate to reverse a worrying losing trend at Loftus Versfeld and claim their first home win over their Gauteng neighbours since 2015.

Since making his debut for the Bulls, Snyman has not been part of a winning team against the Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

“That was before my time it is always nice playing the Lions at Loftus, and I am looking forward to it,” Snyman said.

“We took a lot of confidence from the tour and just realising that we can beat them there made a big difference for us, and we will take that forward if we had to go overseas for a play-off game.”