Speculation from Pretoria indicates that Morne Steyn will start his first game in the Vodacom Super 14 against the Chiefs in Hamilton this weekend.
Beeld suggests that Steyn will be amongst five changes to the team that succumbed to the Blues, with four in the backline.
Derick Hougaard delivered a shaky display in Auckland, his first of the campaign, but he is injured and thus replacing him is not tactical but a necessity.
Tim Dlulane could be given the opportunity to atone for his howler against the Hurricanes as a replacement by being handed jersey 6 over Danie Rossouw, whilst Fourie du Preez should return for Heini Adams.
The Bulls could also field an entirely new midfield, with Wynand Olivier recalled after a solitary fixture to partner debutant Rudi Coetzee.
Coetzee, who moved from the Lions during the latter part of the Currie Cup, was included in the match 22 last weekend but did not get a run.
“We can’t shy away from the reality that we haven’t played to our potential for the entire 80 minutes. It just shows what we can really do taken into consideration that even though we played badly against the Blues, we were still in a position to beat them,” assistant coach Mike Bayly said.
“There are no more excuses. It’s time to fire on all cylinders, which in any case is non-negotiable against the Chiefs. Ever since the fixtures became known, this match has been pinpointed as the most difficult on tour. We know what to expect.”