Two changes from Bulls

Date published: March 2 2017

Bulls coach Nollis Marais has drafted in Jason Jenkins to replace Lood de Jager and made a switch at prop for their game at the Cheetahs.

Lizo Gqoboka comes in for Pierre Schoeman at loosehead prop in the only other personnel change to the XV that went down to the Stormers.

De Jager’s unavailability due to concussion will see Jenkins combining with RG Snyman at lock. The duo will have little difficulty in partnering up. They played together in seven matches in last year’s tournament and both scored tries when they last faced the Cheetahs in a 23-18 win at Loftus Versfeld.

Renaldo Bothma will fill the vacancy on the bench left by the promotion of Jenkins.

In an early rotational move by Marais, Schoeman and Gqoboka switch around, with the Springbok tourist from last year starting and Schoeman, a try-scorer against the Stormers, coming off the bench.

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Burger Odendaal, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handre Pollard (c), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant

Date: Saturday, March 4
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19:30 local (17:30 GMT)
Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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