Botha back in action

Gary Botha will start for the Bulls for their Vodacom Super 14 match against the Highlanders at Loftus on Saturday.

The Bulls hooker hasn’t played since the Sharks warm-up match at Sun City. He left the field in the first minute of the match with a knee injury.

Botha replaces Kobus van der Walt, who is relegated to the bench. Pierre Spies starts at No 6, with Bok Tim Dlulane named among the reserves.

The Bulls backline remains unchanged.

Bulls team to play Highlanders:

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 Pedrie Wannenburg, 6 Pierre Spies, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Andries Human, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Danie Thiart

16 Kobus van der Walt, 17 Wessel Roux, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Francois van Schouwenburg, 20 Tim Dlulane, 21 Heini Adams, 22 Morné Steyn