The Bulls have named an unchanged starting team for their clash with the Kings but do have wing Bjorn Basson included on their bench.
The Bulls have named an unchanged starting team for their clash with the Kings but do have Springbok wing Bjorn Basson included on their bench.
Basson replaces Ulrich Beyers in the reserves in the only tweak to the matchday 22 that edged the Cheetahs by Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke.
“We had to work very hard for the win against the Cheetahs and we want that momentum carried over into the Kings match,” explained Ludeke.
“I am pleased with the way the combinations worked on the night and decided to stick with that. We will need to be very structured and cohesive against the Kings, who will be fired up and spurred on by a sell-out crowd. To have an unchanged team will hopefully offset those early challenges.
Bulls captain Pierre Spies added: “We had to dig deep and needed all 22 in the squad to beat the Cheetahs, something that will work in our favour when facing the Kings for the first time. We need to focus on our own game and not allow the crowd to get into the match, so need to have a strong start and keep up the effort.”
Bulls: 15 JÃ¼rgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 MornÃ© Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 JuandrÃ© Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 MornÃ© Mellet.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Louis FouchÃ¨, 22 Bjorn Basson.
Date: Saturday, 20 April
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 19:10 (17:10 GMT)
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)