Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has named Francois Venter in the midfield for this week's Currie Cup clash against Free State Cheetahs.
Pienaar has also given Jacques Engelbrecht a first start for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup.
Venter replaces Ulrich Beyers, who moves to the bench while Engelbrecht swops places with Jacques du Plessis in a team that shows three changes to the starting line-up.
Injured Morne Mellett is replaced by Marcel van der Merwe, who will face the team he played for last year for the first time.
Veteran wing Akona Ndungane will play in his 50th Currie Cup match for the Blue Bulls.
"We cannot afford any slip-ups or soft moments any more if we want to stay in contention for the Currie Cup," Pienaar said on Wednesday.
"We have shown signs of progress, but too often we allowed our opponents to force their game plan on us. "
"Against the Cheetahs we need to be focused on playing the game our style and at our tempo."
Jurgen Visser, Sampie Mastriet, Waylon Murray, Francois Venter, Akona Ndungane, Handré Pollard, Ruan Snyman, Jono Ross (c), Jacques Engelbrecht, Wiaan Liebenberg, Grant Hattingh, Paul Willemse, Frik Kirsten, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Marcel van der Merwe
Replacements: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, David Bulbring, Jacques du Plessis, Rudy Paige, Ulrich Beyers, Clayton Blommetjies/Tiaan Schoeman