Bulls change four for Cheetahs

Date published: June 11 2015

The Bulls have made four changes to their starting line-up for their final game of the season against the Cheetahs in Pretoria.

As a result of the rest agreement with SARU, Victor Matfield, Handre Pollard and Jan Serfontein are all given a week off, while Deon Stegmann, Dean Greyling and Lappies Labuschagne are also absent.

That means that Jacques-Louis Potgieter continues at fly-half, linking up with Rudy Paige, while Grant Hattingh comes into the second row.

Arno Botha comes into the back row, while up front Morné Mallett starts at loosehead and Adriaan Strauss returns at hooker.

"We would like to finish the tournament with a strong performance. We did not reach all the targets we have set for ourselves as a team, but I am proud of the way we have played at times during the season. Unfortunately our away form again cost us," said head coach Frans Ludeke.

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
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Bjorn Basson, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Jurgen Visser, 23 Werner Kruger

Date: Saturday, June 13
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT, 01:05 AEST, 03:05 NZST)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Referees: Jason Jaftha, Ben Crouse
TMO: Willie Vos