CCBulls21The Bulls host Stormers in the United Rugby Championship at Loftus on Saturday and both these sides are bidding to bounce back from defeats in South African derby matches last time out.

 

 

 

 

Bulls v Stormers, Saturday 22nd January, KO 17:05 (South African time)

 

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Assistants: Griffin Colby, Morne Ferreira

TMO: Marius van der Westhuisen

 

Weather Forecast – Pretoria

 

Bulls:

 

The Bulls most recent outing on 3rd December saw them beaten 30-16 by the Sharks in Durban and they remain bottom of the SA Shield with just 5 log points, 6 shy of the Lions, 4 behind the Sharks and 2 behind the Stormers. Overall only Zebre and below the Bulls on the log.

 

The Bulls lost 3 of their 4 matches on tour. Their first 2 matches were both staged in Ireland and they lost 31-3 to Leinster and 34-7 to Connacht. In Round 3 the Bulls kick started their tournament with a 29-19 win over Cardiff. On the back of that first win hopes were high the Bulls could go in again when they took on Edinburgh but they went down 17-10.

 

Stormers:

 

The Stormers most recent URC outing came on 4th December when they crashed to a 37-19 defeat to the Lions in Cape Town. They scored 3 tries (and conceded 4) to come away from the match empty handed and another defeat here would see them go bottom of the SA Shield.

 

The Stormers tour delivered 1 win, 1 draw and 2 defeats. The Stormers won their final tour match 24-10 away to the Dragons and in earlier results they fought their way back from 14-0 down early doors to draw 20-20 in Edinburgh in Round 3. In Round 2 the Stormers lost 34-18 to Munster in Limerick and their first URC action came in Italy against Benetton and they lost the game 22-18, picking up a losing bonus point.

 

 

Team News

 

Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel; Mapoe, 12 Cornal Hendricks (captain), 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Elrich Louw, 7 Reinhard Ludwig, 6 Arno Botha, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Marcel Coetzee, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Harold Vorster

 

Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat (co-captain), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (co-captain).

Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Dan du Plessis, 23 Warrick Gelant

 

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Bulls -6.5 points at 17/20

Stormers +9.5 points at 9/10

 

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

 

Betting Angle

 

We didn't have betting out when we did Thursday nights show but the lads were leaning to the Bulls by a double digit margin. I am in agreement and the -6.5 will probably disappear before kickoff. I will take an interest and will post any points bets in our forum. 

 

Bet: 5 units Bulls -6.5 at Playabets 

 

Update 10h45 22 Jan 

I caught up with the Conductor to chat about these games when the points lines were out - he is strong on over 51.5 (already gone 52.5)  in this game and I will follow - click here to watch 

 

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

 

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