We reported earlier this morning that Bulls coach Pine Pienaar was in two minds about making changed to his team to face the Sharks, and he has decided to stick to the same team that beat the Lions so comprehensively last weekend.
That means that Francois Hougaard and Chiliboy Ralapelle will be on the bench once again and should come on in the second half to combat the strong Sharks replacement bench. The Sharks bench will be a strong point whether coach John Plumtree selects his Boks in the starting line-up, or whether the Boks go onto the bench.
Morne Steyn continues to rebuild the form that we saw from him in 2009 when he almost single handedly beat the British and Irish Lions, and will face off with Pat Lambie in what is sure to be an interesting head to head.
The Bulls have gone for a full front row on the bench, so the Sharks might be forced into a similar bench split.
Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Dean GreylingTweet