Bulls coach Pote Human has not panicked after the defeat against Western Province last week and has made only one unforced change and two others because of injury and Springbok duties to the team for Friday’s Currie Cup match against the Free State Cheetahs at Loftus. (Kick-off 19:15)
All three changes are in the pack which was totally out-scrummed by Western Province.
The obviously expected change at tighthead sees the return of Wiehahn Herbst in the place of Conrad van Vuuren who moves to the bench.
Lood de Lager, after a very satisfactory comeback following his injury in February, has returned to the Springbok camp. His place is taken by the very experienced former Lions lock Andries Ferreira.
New boy Wian Vosloo, who was injured on debut for the Bulls, is replaced at number six by Roelof Smit. Marco van Staden, called up to the Bok group ten days ago as cover for the injured Siya Kolisi, has been released by the Springboks and finds himself on the bench.
The starting backline remains intact with Human deviating from his regular rotational policy for the scrumhalves by retaining Embrose Papier for the starting side.
15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Roelof Smit, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Ruan Nortjé, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Simphiwe Matanzima. Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Dylan Sage.