Dewald Potgieter will start at No 8 when the Bulls host the Sharks in Pretoria on Saturday.
While Potgieter's return to the Pretoria franchise from his Japanese club, Yamaha Jubilo, was only confirmed this week, the Bulls have wasted no time in putting the Springbok flanker to work. Potgieter wil replace Jono Ross this Saturday, who will in turn replace Jacques Engelbrecht on the Bulls bench.
The only other change is at wing where Sampie Mastriet fills the void left by Akona Ndungane, who is on compassionate leave following the death of his father.
Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (c), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers, 23 Morné Mellet.
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