Ivan van Zyl and Manie Libbok will form a new-look 9-10 combination for the Bulls in Saturday’s clash against the Lions.
With Handré Pollard ruled out due to a back injury, Libbok receives an opportunity at flyhalf, while Van Zyl comes off the bench to reclaim the No 9 jersey from Embrose Papier.
In Pollard’s absence, RG Snyman will captain the side, while other changes to the pack see Jannes Kirsten moving to lock and Thembelani Bholi coming in at flank.
While the Bulls have been hit hard by injuries in recent times, they have been boosted by the availability of Travis Ismaiel, who will start on the wing.
Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman (c), 4 Jannes Kirsten, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Mornay Smit, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Nick de Jager, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Boeta Hamman, 23 Divan Rossouw.
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