Springboks Danie Rossouw and Pedrie Wannenburg are still paying the price for substandard performances on the Bulls antipodean tour. The duo are again on the bench this week, together with Springbok halfbacks Fourie du Preez and Derrick Hougaard.
In the only change to the side that annihilated the Highlanders at Loftus Versveld a fortnight ago, rookie scrumhalf Francois Hougaard comes in for the injured Heinie Adams. Regular captain du Preez is making his return from injury, hence his inclusion amongst the substitutes. Saracens-bound flanker Wikus van Heerden will captain the side.
In a surprising move, lock Bakkies Botha retains his spot in the team, despite being involved in a legal wrangle with the Blue Bulls Company.
Here is the team:
15 Kirchner, 14 Ndungane, 13 Nel, 12 Olivier, 11 Habana, 10 Steyn, 9 F Hougaard, 8 Speis, 7 van Heerden (capt), 6 Stegmann, 5 W Steenkamp, 4 Botha, 3 Kruger, 2 Kuün, 1 G Steenkamp
16 Maku, 17 Gerber, 18 Engels, 19 Rossouw, 20 du Preez, 21 D Hougaard, 22 Wannenburg