BULLSCape Town is the venue for Saturday's Rainbow Cup SA clash between the Stormers and the Bulls and the early betting suggests we are in for a close contest

 

 

 

 

Stormers v Bulls, Saturday 8th May, Cape Town, KO 18:15 (South African time)

 

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper, Aimee Barrett-Theron
TMO: Marius Jonker

 

Weather Forecast – Cape Town Stadium

 

Stormers:

 

The Stormers were 3.5 point favourites for their opening match of the tournament at home to the Sharks last week, they were in control of the scoreboard until into the second half but they eventually went dowwn 33-30.

 

The Stormers were 23-12 to the good at half time but they shipped 26 unanswered points in the second half. The Stormers tries came from Herschel Jantjies, Rickus Pretorius and Damian Willemse whilst the Sharks crossed 5 times.

 

With each team playing just 6 matches in total another home defeat would leave the Stormers with a mountain to climb if they are to win the Rainbow Cup SA title.

 

In the Preparation Series that preceded this tournament the Stormers had a golden opportunity to win an away fixture at the Bulls but they eventually came up short, going down 34-29.

 

Bulls:

 

The Bulls are looking to add the Rainbow Cup SA to the Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup titles they already hold and they made a winning start, seeing off the Lions 22-9 at Loftus last week.

 

The Bulls margin of victory was greater than where the pre-match handicap line had settled but it wasn't the most dominant of displays against a Lions side who were well below full strength. Chris Smith, Zak Burger and Elrigh Louw were the Bulls tryscorers last week.

 

A recent visit to Cape Town delivered a 22-20 win over Western Province in the Currie Cup whilst a Super Rugby Unlocked clash at Loftus saw the Bulls canter to a 39-6 victory.

 

Team News

 

Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Abner van Reenen, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).

Replacements (from): 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Willie Engelbrecht, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Cornel Smit, 23 Edwill van der Merwe, 24 Andre-Hugo Venter, 25 Adre Smith.

 

Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, captain), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.

Replacements – from: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Chris Smith, 23 James Verity-Amm, 24 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 25 Reinhardt Ludwig, 26 Arno Botha, 27 Keagan Johannes, 28 Janco Uys

 

Head to Head:

 

Super Rugby

2020 Pretoria Bulls 39–6 Stormers (Tries 5-0) (SRU)

2020 Cape Town Stormers 13-0 Bulls (Tries 2-0 )

2019 Cape Town Stormers 24-23 Bulls (Tries 3-2 )

2019 Pretoria Bulls 40–3 Stormers (Tries 4-0)

2018 Cape Town Stormers 29-17 Bulls (Tries 4-2 )

2018 Pretoria Bulls 33–23 Stormers (Tries 5-3)

 

Currie Cup

2020/21 WP 20-22 Blue Bulls

2019 WP 20-5 Blue Bulls

2018 WP 35-32 Blue Bulls (semi final, extra time)

2018 Blue Bulls 7-34 WP (abandoned at half time, result stands)

2017 Blue Bulls 45-46 WP

2017 WP 45-34 Blue Bulls

 

 

The Betting,

 

 

Stomers  9/10

Draw25/1
Bulls 1/1

 

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

 

Betting Angle

 

There was +1.5 Bulls earlier in the week but the money has come for the visitors and I am in agreement. They have a powerful side and the Stormers have suspension issues and showed a lack of discipline this week. I am taking the last of the 1/1 they win the match. 

 

Any points bets will be posted in the rugby forum thread closer to kickoff 

 

Bet: 6 units Bulls win at 1/1 at Betxchange 

 

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

 

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