Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Saturday 4.10am (AEDT)
Last meeting: Round 15 2012 - Stormers 19 bt Bulls 14 at Loftus Versfeld
Head-to-head: Played 19 Bulls 8 Stormers 10 drawn 1
In Pretoria: Played 9 Bulls 4 Stormers 5
Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA)
TV: Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet: Bulls $1.95 Stormers $1.80
Steve Samuelson writes: Injury-hit Bulls are missing Dean Greyling (foot), Wilhelm Steenkamp (AC joint), Akona Ndungane (ankle) and Jacques Poiteger (groin). Stormers will be more expansive with new five-eighth Elton Jantjies and should get the money.
AAP writes: The Stormers - South Africa’s leading regular-season team over the past two seasons - have brought in exciting Springboks No.10 Elton Jantjies to spark up their attack in 2013.
The Cape Town team have built their success on a brick-wall defence but need to unleash the likes of Gio Aplon, Jaco Taute and Bryan Habana. They are missing captain Schalk Burger and lock Eben Etzebeth while the Bulls are near full strength.
Always tough to toss at home, the Bulls’ strength lies in their big pack. Francois Botha and Morne Steyn remain in the halves and Bjorn Basson looms as a threat out wide.
BULLS: Zane Kirchner, Lionel Mapoe, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (capt), Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Juandrè Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Morne Mellett Reserves: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Grant Hattingh, Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouchè, Francois Venter
STORMERS: Jaco Taute, Gio Aplon, Jean de Villiers (capt), Damian de Allende, Bryan Habana, Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom, Duane Vermeulen, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Pat Cilliers, Deon Fourie, Steven Kitshoff Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Frans Malherbe, Don Armand, Nizaam Carr, Dewaldt Duvenage, Gerhard van den Heever, Joe Pietersen