Botha backed by Bulls

Arno Botha finally starts for the Bulls when they take on the Cheetahs this weekend.

Botha replaces Dewald Potgieter as one of four changes to the team due to take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Jan Serfontein returns to the starting line-up, recovering from the injury that allowed Wynand Olivier into the team last week.

Werner Kruger and Lionel Mapoe return respectively for Frik Kirsten and Akona Ndungane. Ndungane hurt his leg and will not take part in action at all this weekend, Zane Kirchner making his return via the bench.

The Bulls and Cheetahs battle it out for the top spot in the South African conference. With most of the season behind us, a loss to either team will in all likelihood prevent them from reaching the top.

Bulls: 15. Jürgen Visser, 14. Lionel Mapoe, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies (captain), 7. Arno Botha, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Juandré Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling Substitutes: 16. Callie Visagie, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Grant Hattingh, 19. Dewald Potgieter, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouché, 22. Zane Kirchner

By Richard Ferguson