Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has selected a formidable team which includes nine Springboks for the Currie Cup semifinal against the Free State Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Rugby 365 reports that Danie Rossouw is back from a heel injury and will partner captain Victor Matfield at lock, while Gurthrö Steenkamp will scrum down on the loosehead side of the front row alongside Derick Kuün (hooker) and tighthead prop Rayno Gerber.
Ludeke opted for Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden and Deon Stegmann as his loose trio combination, with the explosive, young Dewald Potgieter getting the nod on the bench ahead of guys like Pedrie Wannenburg and Jacques Burger.
The successful halfback pairing of Fourie du Preez (No.9) and Morné Steyn (No.10) also return after being rested against the Falcons last week, while Wynand Olivier will partner Marius Delport in the midfield.
Zane Kirchner was entrusted with the No.15 jersey, with the rock solid Tiger Mangweni on the bench and as expected John Mametsa comes in for the injured Akona Ndungane on the right wing.
Chiliboy Ralepelle will provide cover on the bench as hooker, Werner Kruger will be used as an impact prop in the second half and Juandré Kruger’s good form in the last couple of matches was awarded with a place on the bench as second row replacement.
Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 John Mametsa, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Dewald Potgieter, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Tiger Mangweni.
Date: Saturday, October 11
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Touch judges: Deon van Blommestein, Joey Salmans
TMO: Shaun Veldsman