The Bulls’ pack should show a remarkable six changes to that which succumbed to the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup final last year
Injury and off-season changes in personnel have meant that only Bakkies Botha and Jacques Cronje will have memories of the culmination of their domestic campaign last season.
Tighthead prop Andries Human may be the third, but a throat infection that has prevented him from training for the last week looks set to keep him sidelined.
In his stead either the versatile Wessel Roux or aggressive Danie Thiart could be handed jersey 3.
Meyer is set to name a massive, but ponderous, back-row comprising Cronje, Johan Wasserman and Danie Rossouw. What the side loses in ability on the ground, it has gained in three effective ball-carriers.
In combination with the halfback pairing of Fourie du Preez and Derick Hougaard, the loose-forward selection does not suggest a departure from the one-off runners style that has become the Bulls’ trademark.
The backline is settled, with Wynand Olivier preferred to Dries Scholtz at 12, and JP Nel keeping out Rudi Coetzee.
PROBABLE BULLS SIDE TO PLAY CHEETAHS
15 Johan Roets
14 Akona Ndungane
13 JP Nel
12 Wynand Olivier
11 Bryan Habana
10 Derick Hougaard
9 Fourie du Preez
8 Jacques Cronje
7 Danie Rossouw
6 Johan Wasserman
5 Francois van Schouwenberg
4 Bakkies Botha
3 Wessel Roux/Danie Thiart
2 Kobus van der Walt
1 Jaco Engels