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Bulls coach Nollis Marais has named a team with four changes to the starting line up top play the Stormers at home in Pretoria on Saturday.

Marais has brought Travis Ismaiel (wing), Francois Brummer (flyhalf), Piet van Zyl (scrumhalf) and Arno Botha into the starting team.

On the replacements bench Grant Hattingh has regained fitness and is included on the bench.

Hattingh last played for the team in Super Rugby in April, but has recovered from the injury that kept him on the sidelines.

Ismaiel and Botha did not play against the Waratahs last weekend in Sydney and come in to replace Bjorn Basson and Hanro Liebenberg respectively.

Brummer and Van Zyl started on the bench in Sydney and swop places with Tian Schoeman and Rudy Paige.

“It is good to be back at Loftus Versfeld again,” Marais said.

“We had mixed fortunes in Australia and unfortunately dropped our standards in the last two matches. We have no option but to get back on the horse immediately, as the Stormers are playing some great rugby. We need to beat them to move past them on the log as well. So we have a lot to play for and a lot to prove,” Marais said.

Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss, predicts an arm wrestle and typical local derby.

“We always have massive clashes with the Stormers. It is one of those matches everybody want to play and to be part of. This team have a great opportunity to deliver a proper performances in front of our fans against a formidable foe. We will be ready,” Strauss said.

Bulls

15 SP Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Deon Stegmann, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dries Swanepoel

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