The inclusion of regular skipper Burger Odendaal is the only change to the Vodacom Bulls starting lineup for Saturday’s match against the Reds in Brisbane.
The Bulls beat the Highlanders 38-13 last week to register their first win of the season and coach Pote Human has stuck largely with the same personnel that got him that victory.
Odendaal, who sustained an ankle knock against the Blues in February, has regained full fitness and slots straight back into the starting XV. His selection at inside centre moves Johnny Kotze from No 12 to outside centre, in place of Nafi Tuitavake, who was omitted from the Bulls touring squad.
The rest of the team, bench included, remains unchanged for the game against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium.
‘Having Burger back is great. The players enjoy his leadership and he leads from the front along with Trevor, so we expect them to get the best out of the guys on Saturday,’ Human said.
‘The players put up their hands last week and have been rewarded for their efforts. The combinations worked well and the bench complemented the efforts of the starters.
‘Our scrums were good as were our lineouts but there is always work to be done especially in terms of discipline.’
Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (c), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Josh Strauss, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka. Subs: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Ryno Pieterse, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Divan Rossouw.
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