The Vodacom Bulls have opted for continuity, making only one change to the starting XV that will take on the Emirates Lions in a Vodacom United Rugby Championship match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Scrumhalf Zak Burger will make a return to the starting team this week as the only change, where he will replace Embrose Papier in a rotational change that sees the latter starting the match off the bench.
Cornal Hendricks, who was on Carling Currie Cup duty earlier in the week, has also been added to the replacements as backline cover, and he will be the only new face to the bench that was at Emirates Airline Park last weekend.
“The result from last weekend when we beat the Emirates Lions at Emirates Airline Park will mean nothing. It’s now a new week and they will come to Loftus Versfeld a hungry side and will want to make amends for the defeat last Saturday,” said Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White.
“We expect nothing less than another challenging encounter against the side from Johannesburg. They showed how strong they can be in the set pieces last week, while also coming at us with some clever, running rugby. We can definitely expect more of the same this weekend.”
The match between the Vodacom Bulls and Emirates Lions will kick off at 15h00, and it will be televised on SuperSport.
The Vodacom Bulls team to take on the Emirates Lions is:
STARTERS (15-1): Kurt-Lee Arendse (Betway Centurion), Canan Moodie (Pretoria), Lionel Mapoe (Pretoria), Harold Vorster (Northam), Madosh Tambwe (Pretoria), Morné Steyn (Tuine), Zak Burger (Tuine); Elrigh Louw (FNB Tuks), Arno Botha (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Marcell Coetzee (CAPT, ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Ruan Nortje (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Walt Steenkamp (Tuine), Jacques van Rooyen (Tuine), Johan Grobbelaar (FNB Tuks), Simphiwe Matanzima (ABE Midas Naka Bulle)
IMPACT (16-23): Bismarck du Plessis (Betway Centurion), Lizo Gqoboka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Robert Hunt (Harlequins), Janko Swanepoel (Pretoria), Muller Uys (FNB Tuks); Embrose Papier (FNB Tuks), Chris Smith (Harlequins), Cornal Hendricks (Northam)