Bulls captain Handré Pollard’s says the Bulls have been their own worst enemies this season and that they must show the result of the hard work put in when they run out against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday (kick-off 15:05).
They are keen to turn around last year’s loss in Cape Town where they have not won since 2011. That is good motivation.
The Bulls have brought back No 8 Duane Vermeulen who was rested against the Reds two weeks ago, but they will again make us of a retreaded loose-forward, Jannes Kirsten, at lock to partner RG Snyman.
Jason Jenkins is not yet ready for match action after injury.
Prop Trevor Nyakane (photo GB Jordaan) will play in his 100th Super Rugby match on Saturday. It includes 42 matches for the Cheetahs. Nyakane will be the fifth South African prop to become a Super Rugby centurion.
The Inclusion of Vermeulen after his rest protocols means that Paul Schoeman, who started against the Reds, drops to the bench in place of Roelof Smit. Johan Grobbelaar replaces Corniel Els as replacement hooker on the bench.
Coach Pote Human says the team is mindful that the must retain some consistency after the bye.
In their first meeting this year, the Bulls won 40-3, but Human said he doesn’t think complacency will be a factor. “At least the guys did not show any in training. It has to do with the fact that we are travelling down to Cape Town. A clash with the home side down there is always a massive one for us."
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jannes Kirsten, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka. Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw