Botha boosts Bulls loosies
27 Feb 2013
Arno Botha and Jacques Potgieter are fit to play against the Force.
Pierre Spies is the only loose-forward who remains from the opening round win against the Stormers. Dewald Potgieter and Deon Stegman are injured but such is the depth of the squad that Potgieter, who whose Super Rugby form earned him Springbok colours a year ago and Arno Botha combine in a loose-trio potentially stronger than the already good one used a week ago.
Baby Boks midfield star Jan Serfontein has been bracketed among the substitutes.
Flip van der Merwe plays his 50th Super Rugby match.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane/Sampie Mastriet, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Morne Mellett.
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Jan Serfontein/Francois Venter