Four changes to Bulls side

The Bulls continue their rotation policy ahead of their fixture against the Cheetahs.

Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke and captain Pierre Spies. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Frans Ludeke has made four changes to his side to face the Cheetahs on Saturday.

Arno Botha and Jan Serfontein come into the squad, as do Werner Kruger and Lionel Mapoe.

Ludeke says Serfontein's success has been coming for a while.

"I think there are a lot of youngsters that made it at that age. Jan's been in our system the last two or three years. He's got talent so if he gets the opportunity he will come through. It's about talent meeting opportunity."

Following the praise given out by Heyneke Meyer, Ludeke spoke about the importance of Morné Steyn's role in the team. The Springbok number 10 has been in devastating form recently, something Ludeke says is exactly what the team needs.

"Nine and 10 touch the ball a lot so they have to be good decision makers. Especially if the goal kicker has good rhythm, you want to convert pressure into points. Morné has been working hard week by week and it's paying off on the weekends for him."

The Bulls struggled in the scrum and Ludeke has acknowledged that it's an area of the game they want to address on Saturday.

He says that the team just needs to adjust technically and that the Bulls are confident the players will respond to any adjustments that have been made in training.

Bulls skipper Pierre Spies has labelled the current Cheetahs squad as "very different to the ones seen in the past".

In a surprising season, the Cheetahs have shone both home and away, finding themselves in second place on the South African log ahead of both the Sharks and Stormers.

Spies says this Cheetahs team has fined-tuned its skills.

"They've improved their defence in a big way and their counter-attacking abilities makes them dangerous. They've adjusted their kick game too which makes them a difficult opponent."