The Bulls have made an interesting change at fullback, with Divan Rossouw being switched to the last line of defence in place of the injured Warrick Gelant.
The latter has a shoulder injury and although coach Pote Human expects him to be ready to play in the return derby against the Sharks in Durban next week, he has decided to sit him out of this game.
The Bulls are back from their bye and should be refreshed and hungry to continue where they left off against the Sharks last time out.
They have played twice at Loftus this season and have been pretty irrepressible in those games. With experienced Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Brits, Handre Pollard and Jesse Kriel as the drivers, the Bulls should continue on their winning way. As a New Zealand team the Chiefs are dangerous, and all Kiwi teams love the firm and dry surfaces of the highveld, but they should be expected to come second in this one.
The Bulls have played the Chiefs 20 times in Super rugby since 1998 and they have won 7 matches, drawn 2 and lost eleven matches.
That means the Bulls have a record of winning 35% of their matches against the Chiefs – regardless of the venue.
This weekend the match will be played in Pretoria which is home for the Bulls and the venue in which the teams have met 9 times before.
In those 9 matches played in Pretoria the Bulls have won 6, lost two and drawn one. That gives the Bulls a record of winning 67% of their matches.
The average score when these teams meet in Pretoria is Bulls 36 Chiefs 30.
The last match between these teams in Pretoria was in 2014 and ended in a draw. The six matches before that were all won by the Bulls.
The Chiefs have not won in Pretoria since 2001.
Average score: Bulls 29 Chiefs 32
Last five results
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 Chiefs 41-12 Bulls @Hamilton
Sat, 01 Apr 2017 Chiefs 28-12 Bulls @Waikato
Fri, 22 May 2015 Chiefs 34-20 Bulls @Rotorua
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 Bulls 34-34 Chiefs @Pretoria
Fri, 25 May 2012 Chiefs 28-22 Bulls @Hamilton
Bulls overall record against the Chiefs
Played 20, Wins 7 , Losses 11 , Draws 2
15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Jason Jenkins, 4 Hanro Liebenberg, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements : 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Eli Snyman, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Dylan Sage
1. Aidan Ross,2. Nathan Harris ,3. Angus Ta’avao,4. Brodie Retallick (c) ,5. Mitchell Brown,6. Luke Jacobson,7. Lachlan Boshier,8. Tyler Ardron,9. Brad Weber,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Solomon Alaimalo,12. Anton Lienert-Brown ,13. Tumua Manu,14. Sean Wainui ,15. Damian McKenzie
Replacements : 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho,17. Tevita Mafileo,18. Nepo Laulala,Michael Allardice , 20. Jesse Parete ,21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi ,22. Alex Nankivell ,23. Ataata Moeakiola
Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 23 March
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 1:Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2:Griffin Colby
TMO :Willie Vos