Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar picked the same side to do battle with the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
He did include fit-again Ruan Snyman and Frik Kirsten on the bench, with both players having Currie Cup and Super Rugby experience to add and replace Lohan Jacobs and Juan Schoeman.
Pienaar said everybody realise that they will have to play much better than in last weekend’s defeat to the Sharks.
"It was a poor start and we all know that. The Free State will require a great effort and we will have no choice but to respond. No one can afford losing at home in this competition."
The captain Gary Botha said the players will have to show their worth.
"We will have to show what we can do. It was totally unacceptable what happened against the Sharks. We owe it to ourselves, the fans and the coaching staff to do much better."
Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Dustin Jinka, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuün, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Fudge Mabeta, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Corné Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Okkie Kruger, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter.
Date: Saturday, July 23
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.05 (15.5 GMT)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Christie du Preez
TMO: JC Fortuin
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