Vermaak to front Blues

Jano Vermaak in for Francois Hougaard is the only change to the Bulls’ starting side to face the Blues at Loftus on Saturday.

Hougaard has been suspended for one week for a dangerous tackle on Robert Ebersohn. Ruan Snyman comes onto the bench as scrumhalf cover. Vermaak has made 73 Super Rugby appearances for the Cats and Lions since 2006 and joined the Bulls after the 2011 season

Bulls – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.