Trevor Nyakane hits 100, Duane Vermeulen returns for Bulls

Tighthead prop Trevor Nyakane will play in his 100th Super Rugby match on Saturday when the Bulls take on the Stormers in Cape Town.

Nyakane, who played 42 times for the Cheetahs before moving to Pretoria and the returning Duane Vermeulen, who was rested against the Reds two weeks ago, will be the only centurions in the team to take on the home side at Newlands. Nyakane will be the fifth South African prop to become a Super Rugby centurion.

Midfielder Burger Odendaal will also achieve a milestone and will be running out for his 50th game for the Bulls.

Head coach Pote Human welcomed back Vermeulen after his rest protocols and he slots back into the number eight jersey, with Paul Schoeman, who started against the Reds, dropping to the bench in place of Roelof Smit. The only other change is on the bench as well, where Johan Grobbelaar replaces Corniel Els as back-up hooker.

“The last time we had a bye, the result was not a good one, so we are pretty mindful of that,” Human said. “I don’t think complacency will be a factor, at least the guys did not show any in training. It has to do with the fact that we are travelling down to Cape Town. A clash with the home side down there is always a massive one for us.”

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jannes Kirsten, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Wiehan Herbst, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw

Date: Saturday, April 27 Venue: Newlands, Cape Town Kick-off: 15:05 local (14:05 BST, 13:05 GMT) Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand) Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Egon Seconds (South Africa) TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)