Both sides will be eager to bounce back after suffering defeats in the previous round.
Lions vs Bulls LIVE scores
Team news: Lions vs Bulls
Seasoned Springbok Willem Alberts will start at lock for the Lions, replacing Pieter Jansen van Vuren, who suffered a pectoral muscle injury during training this week.
This means that former Junior Springbok Ruan Venter, fresh from Currie Cup duty, could get an opportunity off the bench in the eagerly anticipated Jukskei Derby.
Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen said he feels sorry for Jansen van Vuren: “Providing opportunities to young players is a common theme for us here at the franchise and it’s something we pride ourselves in. In the same breath, the entire squad buys into what we are trying to achieve in the URC, so everyone plays a key part towards that goal.”
Junior Springbok star Canan Moodie will be the latest Bulls player to make his United Rugby Championship debut when he starts on the wing as the only uncapped player in the starting XV.
Moodie will be surrounded by a wealth of experience in the Vodacom Bulls backline which will see veteran Springbok flyhalf, Morné Steyn, returning to the starting team alongside scrumhalf Embrose Papier, while the midfield pairing will consist of Harold Vorster and Lionel Mapoe. Kurt-Lee Arendse will start at fullback this weekend with Madosh Tambwe at left wing.
“The Lions showed a good fight in their match against the Sharks last weekend,” said Bulls Director of Rugby, Jake White. “We have no doubt that they will want to build from that and go one better in search of a win in their own back yard this weekend.”
15 EW Viljoen. 14 Edwill van der Merwe. 13 Wandisile Simelane. 12 Burger Odendaal (captain). 11 Sibahle Maxwane. 10 Fred Zeilinga. 9 Andre Warner. 8 Francke Horn. 7 Emmanuel Tshituka. 6 Jaco Kriel. 5 Willem Alberts. 4 Ruben Schoeman. 3 Carlu Sadie. 2 PJ Botha. 1 Sti Sithole
Substitues: 16 Morne Brandon. 17 Morgan Naude. 18 Ruan Dreyer. 19 Ruan Venter. 20 Ruhan Straeuli. 21 Sibusiso Sangweni. 22 Morne van den Berg. 23 Tiaan Swanepoel.
15 Kurt-Lee Arendse. 14 Canan Moodie. 13 Lionel Mapoe. 12 Harold Vorster. 11 Madosh Tambwe. 10 Morne Steyn. 9 Embrose Papier. 8 Elrigh Louw. 7 Arno Botha. 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain). 5 Ruan Nortje. 4 Walt Steenkamp. 3 Jacques van Rooyen. 2 Johan Grobbelaar. 1 Simphiwe Matanzima.
Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis. 17 Lizo Gqoboka. 18 Robert Hunt. 19 Janko Swanepoel. 20 Muller Uys. 21 Zak Burger. 22 Chris Smith. 23 David Kriel.
Lions vs Bulls: Match info and tv details
Date: Saturday, 28 January
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
SA Time: 15:00
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge