The Bulls have announced their team to take on the Cheetahs at Loftus in the Absa Currie Cup this weekend, with returning Springboks Jano Vermaak and Jacques Potgieter included in the side.
Vermaak will start at scrumhalf and Potgieter will form part of a new loose trio combination that also includes Arno Botha, who returns from injury.
Potgieter replaces CJ Stander, who will play off the bench, while Botha replaces Warwick Tecklenburg, who is rested.
Mornč Mellett replaces the injured Dawie Steyn and Franco Mostert makes the run-on side in place of Grant Hattingh, who is injured.
Vermaak’s inclusion in place of Rudy Paige is one of three changes in the backs.
Sampie Mastriet will make his debut on the wing, while JJ Engelbrecht moves to outside centre, as Ulrich Beyers drops to the bench.
Bjorn Basson was not considered due to a family bereavement.
Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar admitted that his side has no option left but to win.
“Our task is a simple one. We have to win every match from here on in if we want to play in the semi-finals. Everyone understands that and accepts the fact that we only have ourselves to blame for this.
"It is great to have the likes of Jano and Jacques back and I am sure their experience will be very valuable on the weekend.”
Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Francois Venter, Sampie Mastriet, Louis Fouche, Jano Vermaak, Arno Botha, Jacques Potgieter, Dewald Potgieter (c), Franco Mostert, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Werner Kruger, Willie Wepener, Morne Mellett.
Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Frik Kirsten, Cornell Hess, CJ Stander, Ruan Snyman, Lionel Cronjč, Ulrich Beyers.