Friday's Currie Cup action comes from Loftus where the Bulls take on a Pumas side who pulled off a big win in the opening round of matches
Bulls v Pumas, Friday 25th June, Pretoria, KO 19:00 (South African time)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Local
TMO: Cwengile Jadezweni
Weather Forecast – Pretoria
The Bulls defence of the Currie Cup title started in unusual circumstances last week. The Bulls first teamers were not available for a home fixture against Western Province due to their involvement in the Rainbow Cup final in Italy and hence the team they put out started the game as underdogs in the region of 30 points. The Bulls lost the game 48-24 so they did stay within that handicap line and they picked up a consolation bonus point for scoring 4 tries.
Bulls Currie Cup Fixtures and Results
WP (h) lost 48-24, Pumas (h), Cheetahs (a), Griquas (a), Sharks (a), Lions (h), WP (a), Sharks (h), Griqaus (h), Lions (a), Pumas (a), Cheetahs (h)
The Pumas were given a start of around 8.5 points on the handicap for last week's home fixture against the Lions and they didn't need any of it as they ran out handsome winners 39-10. The Lions preparations had been impacted by an earlier Covid scare but the Pumas showed no mercy, leading 18-10 at half time and running in 5 tries in total to pick up a bonus point and set the early pace at the top of the log.
In the Currie Cup last season the Pumas thrashed the Bulls 44-14 in Nelspruit but that was the final round of the regular season and the Bulls, who were already assured of top spot, rung the changes ahead of the play offs. The Pumas only other victory last season came against the Griquas.
Pumas Currie Cup Fixtures and Results
Lions (h) won 39-10, Bulls (a), Griquas (h), Cheetahs (a), Sharks (a), WP (h), Lions (a), Sharks (h), WP (a), Bulls (h), Cheetahs (h), Griquas (a)
Bulls: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Voster, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 7 Ruan Nortje, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Janko Swanepoel, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Sidney Tobias, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Muller Uys, 20 WJ Steenkamp, 21 Zak Burger, 22 FC du Plessis, 23 David Kriel.
Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Tapiwa Mafura, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Matt Moore, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Eddie Fouché, 9 Chriswil September, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain), 4 Darrien Landsberg, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Simon Westraadt, 1 Dewald Maritz.
Replacements: 16 Eduan Swart, 17 Ruan Kramer, 18 Ignatius Prinsloo, 19 Brandon Valentine, 20 Kwanda Dimaza, 21 Ginter Smuts, 22 Wayne van der Bank, 23 Jade Stighling
Recent Head to Head
2020/21 Pumas 44-14 Bulls
2019 Pumas 17-25 Bulls
2018 Bulls 39-29 Pumas
2017 Bulls 52-32 Pumas
2017 Pumas 51-15 Bulls
2016 Pumas 14-41 Bulls
2015 Pumas 24-25 Bulls
2014 Pumas 6-37 Bulls
Average early show, to be updated
Bulls -10.5 points at 17/20
Pumas +14.5 points at 9/10
Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
The money has come for the Bulls at -9.5 with the line out to 14.5 in places. I excpect the returning players to make the difference and as The Conductor said on last nights edition of THE HANDICAP our rugby betting show, the Pumas may have one eye on next weeks game against the Griquas.
There is -10.5 still on offer at Playabets but it won't last
No points lines yet and additional bets will be posted HERE later today
Bet: 5 units Bulls -10.5 at 17/20 at Playabets
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