CCBulls21On the back of their first victory of the tournament last week the Bulls travel to Scotland for a Round 4 United Rugby Championship clash with Edinburgh on Saturday




Edinburgh v Bulls, Saturday 16th October, KO 18:15 (South African time)


Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ben Blain (Scotland), Graeme Ormiston (Scotland)
TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)


Weather Forecast - Edinburgh




Edinburgh hosted the Stormers last week, they were 8.5 point favourites on the handicap and after racing into an early 14-0 lead they were pegged back and the game ended in a 20-20 draw.


Prior to that Edinburgh were in Trevisio for a clash with Benetton and they lost 28-27 with the Italian's snatching it with a drop goal from the last play of the game. One other match on home turf delivered a 26-22 victory against the Scarlets in Round 1.


Edinburgh have 9 log points, good enough for 5th in the overall standings, 6 points off the pace.


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The Bulls kick started their tournament with a 29-19 win over Cardiff last week. They were given around 4.5 points start on the handicap and that didn't look enough at half time when they were 16-3 down having also lost Johan Goosen with a nasty injury. The second half saw the Bulls turn things around, scoring 2 tries to run out worthy winners.


The Bulls first 2 matches were both staged in Ireland and they lost 31-3 to Leinster and 34-7 to Connacht.


World Sports Betting's outright market has Leinster odds on favourites to win the tournament at 7/10, Munster are 9/2, Ulster 8/1 and the Bulls are now a 14/1 chance.


Team News


Edinburgh: 15 Henry Immelman, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 James Lang, 11 Damien Hoyland, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Charlie Shiel, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Luke Crosbie, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist (captain) 4 Marshall Sykes, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Pierre Schoeman.

Replacements: 16 Dave Cherry, 17 Boan Venter, 18 WP Nel, 19 Pierce Phillips, 20 Mesu Kunavula, 21 Connor Boyle, 22 Ben Vellacott, 23 James Johnstone.


Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Cornal Hendricks, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Robert Hunt, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Walt Steenkamp, 20 Elrigh Louw, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Lionel Mapoe.


The Betting,


Edinburgh -1.5 points at 9/10

Bulls +2.5 points at 17/20


Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.


Betting Angle


I was cursing the Bulls at half time last week as had a nice double finishing on the +5.5. I actually switched the TV with them 13 points behind and tracked the scores on Twitter and Whatsapp and was delighted when they stretched clear to win the game. 


I am hoping that is a watershed moment for them and they certainly have the team to win this game. I will take the more conervative line though and will back the +2,5 while saving some ammo for when the points lines are out - any points bets will be posted in the forum 


Bet: 4 units Bulls +2.5 at 17/20 at Hollywoodbets


Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.


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