Marnus Potgieter will earn his first start of the Currie Cup following his selection at right wing for the Vodacom Bulls against the Sharks on Saturday.
Bulls coach Jake White has made two positional changes to the backline with David Kriel and Kurt-Lee Arendse reverting back to fullback and left wing, respectively.
In the first of two changes to the pack, Ruan Nortje returns at lock with Sintu Manjezi providing cover from the bench. The second is Jacques van Rooyen getting back into the No 1 jumper after serving his one week ban for a red card he received against Western Province.
Schalk Erasmus makes a welcomed return as the replacement hooker and will make his Bulls debut in the Currie Cup should he take the field. Mornay Smith is also expected to earn his first cap of the season as front-row cover.
The final change among the replacements is the inclusion of Marco Jansen van Vuren as the utility back option.
‘The Sharks have been the in-form team from earlier this year and will be looking to get one over us. Durban is never an easy place to play and coupled with the humidity our job becomes that much harder. However, we are confident in our style of play and we know exactly what we need to do come Saturday,’ said White.
Kick-off is at 7pm.
Coach Jake looks ahead to this weekend’s Carling Currie Cup clash against the Cell C Sharks 💪 That’s in this week’s episode of ‘No Holds Barred’, exclusive to the Vodacom Bulls app 🙌
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) December 10, 2020
Bulls – 15 David Kriel, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Subs: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren.