Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has resisted the urge to make any changes when naming his side to contest the 2008 ABSA Currie Cup Final on Saturday.
The Bulls team will be the same unit that dispatched the Cheetahs at Loftus Versveld ten days ago. Victor Matfield captains the side from the second row, where he will be partnered by World Cup hero Danie Rossouw. Bok prop GurthrUouml; Steenkamp will start at loosehead, with former flanker Derrick Kuün and Rayno Gerber completing the tight five. Promising openside flanker Deon Stegmann continues in the number 6 jersey, while Bok stalwarts Wikus van Heerden (playing his last match for the Bulls) and Pierre Spies will be at 7 and 8 respectively.
Fourie du Preez and Morne Steyn will look to control matter from halfback, while the in-form Wynand Olivier partners Marius Delport in the centres. Akona Ndungane has not recovered in time to take his place at right wing, meaning another start for the talented John Mametsa at right wing. Bryan Habana, as always will be on the left. Fullback Zane Kirchner will play in his first Currie Cup Final in the number 15 jersey.
Ludeke has opted for a traditional 4-3 split on the bench, with Werner Kruger and Chilliboy Ralepelle the front-row replacements. Another Kruger, the promising Juandre, joins the live wire Dewald Potgieter on the forwards bench. The exciting trio of Heini Adams, Burton Francis and Tiger Mangweni will look to add impetus as backline impact players.
Vodacom Blue Bulls:
Zane Kirchner; John Mametsa, Marius Delport, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield (captain), Danie Rossouw, Rayno Gerber, Derick Kuün, Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Chiliboy Ralepelle, Werner Kruger, Juandré Kruger, Dewald Potgieter, Heini Adams, Burton Francis, Tiger Mangweni.