Vodacom Bulls lock Grant Hattingh will make his first appearance for his team this season on Friday against the Toyota Cheetahs after being included in the side for the Bloemfontein clash.
Hattingh replaces Paul Willemse in the only change to the side that came up short against the Sharks in Durban last weekend.
Flanker Deon Stegmann remains unavailable for selection due to a groin strain and will again miss the match, with Jono Ross donning the number six jersey.
The team for face the Cheetahs (with Super Rugby caps) is: Jurgen Visser (12), Akona Ndungane (97), JJ Engelbrecht (34), Jan Serfontein (13), Bjorn Basson (55), Louis Fouché (20), Francois Hougaard (57), Pierre Spies (k, 103), Jacques du Plessis (2), Jono Ross (5), Grant Hattingh (21), Flip van der Merwe (64), Werner Kruger (93), Callie Visagie (24), Dean Greyling (39). Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi (3), Frik Kirsten (32), Marcel van der Merwe (4), Victor Matfield (125), Jacques Engelbrecht (15), Piet van Zyl (33), Handré Pollard (1), Ulrich Beyers (2).
Piet van Zyl, who represented Cheetahs in 32 matches and Marcel van der Merwe, who played in three Super Rugby matches for the Bloemfontein side, will face their former team mates for the first time in this competition since moving to Pretoria.
•If he takes to the field, Victor Matfield will become the most capped South African in Super Rugby as he will play in his 126th match (117 Bulls, 8 Cats). He currently shares the record of 125 appearances with John Smit and AJ Venter.
•Francois Hougaard is one try away from 100 Vodacom Super Rugby points.
•Coach Frans Ludeke (117 matches) will extend his record as the most experienced South African coach in Super Rugby. He is the most experienced of all 15 coaches in the competition as well.