Western Province host the Bulls in the Currie Cup in Cape Town on Friday and both sides come into the game on the back of encouraging results last weekend.
Western Province v Bulls, Friday 30th July, Cape Town, KO 19:00 (South African time)
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Rasta Rasivhenge
Weather Forecast – Cape Town
After suffering back to back defeats at home to Griquas (30-28) and away to the Cheetahs (38-21) WP made the trip to Nelspruit to take on the Pumas last weekend. The game was priced up as “choice” by bookmakers but Province ran out comfortable winners 37-23, picking up a bonus point against a side who were previously undefeated on home turf.
In earlier results WP edged a home fixture against the Sharks 32-31 with a late penalty. They spent the first 2 rounds in Gauteng starting with a 48-24 win over a second string Bulls side at Loftus but although they were 8.5 point favourites for a visit to the Lions next time out they were beaten 38-32.
With 3 wins and 3 defeats WP are the only side in the competition to have avoided a cancellation so far and they have earned 17 log points.
WP Currie Cup Fixtures and Results
Bulls (a) won 48-24, Lions (a) lost 38-32, Sharks (h) won 32-31, Griquas (h) lost 30-28, Cheetahs (a) lost 38-21, Pumas (a) won 37-23, Bulls (h), Cheetahs (h), Pumas (h), Lions (h), Griqaus (a), Sharks (a)
The Bulls were subject to market confidence for last week's home game against the Lions and the obliged for punters who took the -13.5 handicap with a 40-21 bonus point win, scoring 6 tries to 3.
That was the first time we had seen the Bulls in Currie Cup action since they hosted the Pumas in Round 2, a game they won 32-27, earning a bonus point with 4 tries and their next 3 matches were cancelled.
The Bulls defence of the Currie Cup title started in unusual circumstances in Round 1 when their first teamers were not available for a home fixture against Western Province due to their involvement in the Rainbow Cup final in Italy. The Bulls lost the game 48-24 but they did pick up a consolation bonus point for scoring 4 tries.
Bulls Currie Cup Fixtures and Results
WP (h) lost 48-24, Pumas (h) won 32-27, Cheetahs (a) cancelled, Griquas (a) cancelled, Sharks (a) cancelled, Lions (h) won 40-21, WP (a), Sharks (h), Griqaus (h), Lions (a), Pumas (a), Cheetahs (h)
Western Province: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Juan de Jongh (Captain), 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Neethling Fouché, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Leon Lyons
Replacements (from): 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Deon Fourie, 20 Simon Miller, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Chris Schreuder 23 Rikus Pretorius, 24 Warrick Gelant, 25 Marcel Theunissen
Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Richard Kriel, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Muller Uys, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Keagan Johannes, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Sibongile Novuka
Recent Head to Head
2021 Bulls 24-48 WP
2020 WP 20-22 Bulls
2019 WP 20-5 Bulls
2018 WP 35-32 Bulls (semi final, extra time)
2018 Bulls 7-34 WP (abandoned at half time, result stands)
2017 Bulls 45-46 WP
2017 WP 45-34 Bulls
2016 Bulls 36-30 WP (Semi final)
2016 Bulls 45–26 WP
WP +7.5 points at 9/10
Bulls -7.5 points at 9/10
Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
My first instinct was Bulls minus based on their recent performances and the depth of their squad. Listening to Neal @ThoughtsonSports on last nights betting show THE HANDICAP though I have changed my mind. WP have named a decent side and as Neal pointed out that will be giving it their all in the final Newlands game (yes another farewell) and add to that they have a great record against the Bulls at Newlands.
Bet: 5 units WP +7.5 at 9/10 at Betxchange
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