Bulls rest Strauss for Chiefs clash
Ockert de Villiers - Sport24
Pretoria - The Bulls have made three changes to the run-on side for their crucial Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Rotorua on Friday (kick-off 09:35 SA time).
Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss will earn a well-deserved rest with Callie Visagie receiving a starting berth.
Strauss is rested per agreement with SARU to rest top Springboks for periods during the Super Rugby season.
Bulls coach Frans Ludeke reshuffled his loose trio with Deon Stegmann and Jacques du Plessis moving into the starting XV in a straight swap with Lappies Labuschagne and Arno Botha respectively.
The Pretoria side had a slight scare following their tour opener against the Blues on Friday with scrumhalf Rudy Paige (knee ligament sprain) and wing Francois Hougaard (quad contusion) suffering minor injuries but were cleared to play.
15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van de Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Lappies Labuschagne, 21 Burger Odendaal, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 Travis Ismaiel