Strauss back for Bulls

The Vodacom Bulls have made four changes for their match against the Cheetahs at Loftus on Saturday.

Jan Serfontein, Handré Pollard, Deon Stegmann, Dean Greyling, Victor Matfield and Lappies Labuschagne have all been ruled out of contention for the team's final fixture due to injury or Saru's rest agreement.

Morné Mellett will start at loosehead prop, Grant Hattingh at No 5 lock and Arno Botha at openside flank. Adriaan Strauss, who was rested last weekend against the Rebels, is back at hooker, with Callie Visagie moving to the bench.

Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg and Roelof Smit will provide cover for Deon Stegmann and Hattingh from the bench.

Bulls – 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Arno Botha, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Morné Mellett.
Subs: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Bjorn Basson, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Jürgen Visser, 23 Werner Kruger.

Super Rugby teams (Round 18)

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