CCBulls21Friday's Currie Cup action comes from Loftus where the Bulls are looking to consolidate top spot in the standings when they host the Pumas.

 

 

 

Bulls v Pumas, Friday 27th May, Pretoria, KO 19:00 (South African time)

 

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
TMO: Quinton Immelman

 

Weather Forecast – Pretoria

 

Bulls:

 

The Bulls maintained their challenge at the top the standings with a 43-37 home win over the Lions last time out. They were given a mighty scare after leading 35-17 at half time with the Lions, who fielded many URC players, coming back to within a point of their hosts before a try at the death sealed the deal.

 

The Bulls only defeat so far came at home to the Cheetahs in Round 3 whilst a Round 9 clash away to the Sharks was cancelled and declared a draw.

 

The Bulls come into the weekend 1 point clear at the top of the log although the second placed Cheetahs have a game in hand and the top 2 have still to meet in

Bloem.

 

Bulls Currie Cup Fixtures and Results

R1 Pumas (a) won 33-19, R2 WP (a) won 40-21, R3 Cheetahs (h) lost 38-25, R4 bye, R5 Griquas (a) won 53-27, R6 Sharks (h) won 35-21, R7 Lions (a) won 40-10, R8 WP (h) won 45-34, R9 Sharks (a) cancelled, R10 Griquas (h) won 48-38, R11 Lions (h) won 43-37, R12 Pumas (h), R13 bye, R14 Cheetahs (a)

 

Pumas:

 

The Pumas hopes of a play off spot took a knock when they went down 23-17 at home to Western Province in the previous round. They conceded the first 12 points of the match and were 20-10 down at half time and WP held on for only their second win of the tournament.

 

Prior to that the Pumas had reeled off 3 straight victories including a vicotry over the Sharks in Durban and the now renew rivalry with the Bulls who beat them 33-19 in Nelspruit back in Round 1

 

The Pumas remain fifth in the standings and they are 1 point shy of the fourth placed Griquas and 4 behind the Sharks who have played 1 game more than the 2 chasers.

 

Pumas Currie Cup Fixtures and Results

R1 Bulls (h) lost 33-19, R2 Lions (a) won 50-9, R3 Griquas (a) lost 41-20, R4 Cheetahs (h) lost 28-17, R5 Sharks (h) lost 24-10, R6 bye, R7 WP (a) won 37-11, R8 Lions (h) won 45-10, R9 bye, R10 Sharks (a) won 20-10, R11 WP (h) lost 23-17, R12 Bulls (a), R13 Cheetahs (a), R14 Griquas (h)

 

Team News

 

Bulls: 15 James Verity-Am, 14 David Kriel, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Marco Janse van Vuren, 11 Richard Kriel, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Reinhardt Ludwig, 6 WJ Steenkamp, 5 Janko Swanepoel, 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Robert Hunt, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Lizo Gqoboka (captain).

Replacements: 16 Sidney Tobias, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Francois Kloppers, 19 Raynard Roetz, 20 Stephan Smith, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Juan Mostert, 23 Tharquinn Manuel

 

Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Sebastian de Klerk, 13 Alwayno Visagie, 12 Eddie Fouche, 11 Tapiwa Mafura, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Willie Engelbrecht (captain), 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Shane Kirkwood, 4 Deon Slabbert, 3 Ignatius Prinsloo, 2 Eduan Swart, 1 Corne Fourie.

Replacements: 16 Llewellyn Classen, 17 Dewald Maritz, 18 Simon Raw, 19 Darrien Landsberg, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Giovan Snyman, 22 Aliqhayiya Mgijima, 23 Jade Stighling

 

Recent Head to Head

 

(Currie Cup)

2022 Pumas 19–33 Bulls

2021 Pumas 26-33 Bulls

2021 Bulls 32–27 Pumas

2020 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

 

 

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Bulls -12.5 points at 9/10

Pumas +12.5 points at 9/10

 

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

 

Betting Angle

 

I think the Bulls will get the job done but always worry about them stepping off the gas like they did against the Griquas a few weeks back. I am going to hold fire on the handicap (which has come in from -14.5 to -12.5) and will wait for the points lines before getting involved.

 

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Update 16h00 27 May 

The points lines are out at last and I heard there was some 54.5 early and that has already shifted to 55.5. I like the overs but my preference is to go Bulls over 32.5 points as I think they will be too strong for the Pumas. 

 

Bet: 6 units Bulls over 32.5 points at 0.84/1 at Sunbet 

 

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

 

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