Bulls use their Boks

The Blue Bulls will start flank Jacques Potgieter and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak in their Currie Cup match against the Free State Cheetahs in Pretoria on Saturday.

The players were released from the Springbok squad as there is no Rugby Championship action this weekend. Potgieter comes in for CJ Stander, while Vermaak is preferred ahead of Rudi Paige.

Under-pressure head coach Pine Pienaar has also made six other changes to his starting line-up.

In the backline, JJ Engelbrecht moves from wing to outside centre, which sees Ulrich Beyers drop to the reserves. Sampie Mastriet takes over in the No 11 jersey.

Among the forwards, Skipper Dewald Potgieter will play at openside flank, in place of the rested Warwick Tecklenburg, while Arno Botha features at No 8.

Lock Franco Mostert and loosehead prop Morne Mellet are called up to the starting line-up with Grant Hattingh and Dawie Steyn pulling out with injuries.

Blue Bulls – 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Louis Fouchè, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morne Mellett.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Ulrich Beyers.