Frans Ludeke has named regular flyhalf-cum-centre Morne Steyn to start at fullback against the Reds in Brisbane. An injury concern over Wynand Olivier, however, means there is a slight possibility that a further re-shuffle might take place before kick-off.
The Bulls backline actually looked halfway decent against the Lions with Steyn at 12 and Olivier outside him. The return of regular 13 JP Nel, coupled with the unavailability of fullback Zane Kirchner (and Ludeke’s somewhat baffling decision not to replace him in the tour squad) means that Steyn is the most logical choice to wear the number 15 jersey. Olivier moves back to 12, reuniting the same centre pairing that have looked so completely out at sea in all three of their appearances so far this year.
Olivier has a hamstring niggle, though and should he not be passed fit, Steyn will move back to 12, with Bryan Habana taking over at fullback – a position he has never played competitively. In this scenario, the woefully inept Danwel Demas will come in at left wing. Either way I’m starting to regret picking the Bulls to win this one!
The pack remains unchanged from last week, with Bakkies Botha passed fit, despite also suffering a hamstring injury in training. In another strange move, loose forward Dewald Potgieter is named in the 22 shirt, indicating that he will be covering the back three off the bench.
15 Morné Steyn, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Fourie du Preez (capt), 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Danie Rossouw, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
16 James vd Walt, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Dean Greyling, 19 Deon Stegmann, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Stephan Dippenaar, 22 Dewald Potgieter.