The return to fitness of flanker Deon Stegmann, fullback Jürgen Visser and midfielder Wynand Olivier prompted Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke to make three changes to his side for their clash against the Hurricanes at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Stegmann recovered from bruised ribs and will again wear the number 6 jersey in this Vodacom Super Rugby match, with Dewald Potgieter moving to the other side of the scrum where he replaces Arno Botha.
Botha moves to the bench, where he will find two new faces. Frik Kirsten is back from his elbow strain and replaces Hencus van Wyk and Grant Hattingh’s broken thumb has healed. He will take Wilhelm Steenkamp’s place on the bench.
Olivier has recovered from a knee injury sustained against the Crusaders during the Australasian tour and will replace Jan Serfontein, who has a niggle and will be rested.
The Vodacom Bulls team (with number of Super Rugby caps) is: Jürgen Visser (5), Akona Ndungane (89), JJ Engelbrecht (25), Wynand Olivier (107), Bjorn Basson (47), Mornè Steyn (115), Jano Vermaak (97), Pierre Spies (98, c), Dewald Potgieter (59), Deon Stegmann (67), Juandrè Kruger (26), Flip van der Merwe (56), Werner Kruger (84), Chiliboy Ralepelle (61), Dean Greyling (32). REPLACEMENTS: Willie Wepener (60), Frik Kirsten (23), Grant Hattingh (14), Arno Botha (18), Francois Hougaard (49), Louis Fouchè (18), Lionel Mapoe (36).