Bulls loosehead prop Jaco Engels has served his three-match suspension for a cowardly punch to Sharks skipper Johann Muller. He has been named in the Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup team to play Free State this weekend.
The former Sharks duo of Wouter Moore and Sangoni Mxoli are nowhere to be seen. Promising loose forward and captain Pieter Meyer suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago, so his place on the side of the scrum goes to young Gerrit-Jan van Velze, while Carel Hoffman will take over the captaincy.
Former Free-State winger Trompie Nontshinga has been named on the bench.
Blue Bulls team:
Tiger Mangweni; John Mametsa, Braam Gerber, Stefan Watermeyer, Rocco Jansen; Francis Burton, JP Joubert;Carel Hoffman (capt.), Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Okkie Kruger, Fudge Mabeta, Hendrik Roodt, Rassie van Vuuren, Brett Sharman, Jaco Engels. Replacements: Henri Bantjes, Frik Kirsten, Juandre Kruger, Vincent Gwavu, Ruan Snyman, Ruan Boshoff, Trompie Nontshinga.