After a damaging defeat in Argentina last week the Bulls return to Loftus for a Round 15 Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies on Saturday.
Bulls v Brumbies, Saturday 26th May, Pretoria, KO 15:05 (South African time)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Refs: AJ Jacobs, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Willie Vos
The Bulls became the latest victims of the Jaguares bandwagon last week, going down 54-24 in Buenos Aires, a third defeat in the last 4 outings. They now return to Loftus where their record comprises of 4 wins and 2 defeats and their only bonus point victory in that sequence came against Australian opposition, a 28-10 win over the Rebels in Round 10.
The Bulls only other match against Australian opposition this season saw them go down to the Reds (20-14) in Brisbane back in Round 4.
The Bulls come into Round 15 in fourth spot in the SA Conference, 4 points behind the Sharks, 5 adrift of Jagaures and 12 behind the Lions (note, Lions have played 1 game more than the teams in 2nd, 3rd and 4th).
Indiscipline cost the Brumbies any chance of a surprise win over the Lions in Johannesburg last week. They eventually went down 42-24, a fifth successive defeat and they remain with just 3 wins in the season so far.
Their away record now comprises of 1 win and 4 defeats with the only success coming against the Sunwolves (32-25) in Tokyo back in Round 2.
One earlier match against South African opposition did end in a Brumbies victory, a 24-17 win over the Sharks in Canberra back in Round 5.
The Brumbies finished Round 14 in fourth position in the Australian Conference, 15 points behind the Waratahs, 9 adrift of the Rebels and 2 shy of the Reds.
Bulls: Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal, Johnny Kotze, Handre Pollard, Ivan van Zyl, Marco van Staden, Nic de Jager, Roelof Smit, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Conraad van Vuuren, Jaco Visagie, Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Mox Mxoli, Matthys Basson, Ruben van Heerden, Thembelani Bholi, Andre Warner, Manie Libbok, Divan Rossouw.
Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Andrew Muirhead, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Nick Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andrew Smith
Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2016 Canberra Brumbies 23–6 Bulls (Tries 2-0)
2015 Canberra Brumbies 22–16 Bulls (Tries 3-1)
2014 Pretoria Bulls 44–23 Brumbies (Tries 4-3)
2013 Pretoria Bulls 23–26 Brumbies (Tries 1-2) (semi final)
2013 Canberra Brumbies 23–20 Bulls (Tries 1-2)
2012 Pretoria Bulls 36–34 Brumbies (Tries 2-5)
Bulls -9.5 points 9/10 widely available
Brumbies +10.5 points 9/10 Hollywood
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
The Brumbies haven’t travelled well this season but they arguably deserved to be much closer to the Lions last week. I don’t see them turning the Bulls at Loftus but I do fancy the visitors will be competitive albeit in defeat.
Bet: 2.5 units Bulls win by under 12.5 points 1.85/1 Sportingbet
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