Jason Jenkins will start at lock in the only change to the Blue Bulls' side facing the Free State Cheetahs in Saturday’s Currie Cup final in Bloemfontein.
Jenkins replaces the injured RG Snyman, with his place on the bench taken by Nic de Jager.
In a boost for the Bulls, Ulrich Beyers has recovered in time from his shoulder knock and will start at fullback.
'Let me make it clear, we back ourselves to win,' Bulls coach Nollis Marais commented. 'The reality of the matter, though, is that we are facing a team that is undefeated and playing great rugby. And they will be playing in front of a stadium packed with supporters. So it is not going to be easy, but we have to do it the hard way, which is great.'
Blue Bulls – 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha (c), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Nic de Jager, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Bjorn Basson.
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