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Bulls v.s Stormers Super Rugby preview

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Breaking their Super Rugby seal South African titans the Bulls defend their turf against the form side of 2012, the Stormers, in this heavyweight Super Rugby match-up.

Venu: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria.

Kickoff Friday 22 Feb:

Local – 19:10

23 Feb AUS – 04:10 (Sydney)

23 Feb    NZ – 06:10 (Auck)

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Weather: Dry warm/hot conditions with a moderate breeze.

 

Sides: Bulls Run-on:  15 Zane Kirchner,  14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht,  12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Morne Mellett. Bench: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Francois Venter. Injured: Akona Ndungane, Dean Greyling, Jacques Potgieter and Wilhelm Steenkamp.

 

Stormers: Run-on: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (c), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff. Bench : 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Gerhard van den Heever, 22. Joe Pietersen. Injured: Eben Etzebeth, Schalk Burger.

 

Previous results:  

Bulls:   Away 38 – 32 Lions

Home 32 – 10 Cheetahs (most recent fixture)

Stormers:   Away 26 – 27 Cheetahs

Home 57 – 0 Boland (most recent fixture)

 

Betting: Outright: 6/4 v.s 4/6

Handicap: +3 v.s -3

 

The Bulls have achieved impressive results in preseason fixtures which were more challenging than those of the Stormers. Altitude is always a large factor in early season Super Rugby fixtures with the Stormers likely to slow down in the last 20 minutes of the match. Injuries are rife in both squads with the Bulls having the worst of it.

Prediction: Bulls to win.

 

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  • Steve

    Good choice I have the bulls by 3.

    • http://twitter.com/outrightrugby Outright Rugby

      Hi Steve. Are you playing Superbru?

      • Steve

        I am and in your pool. SteveO.

  • Jo3000

    Stormers to take this one comfortably

    • Steve

      For my sake Jo3000 I hope you are wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/steyn_05 Riaan Steyn

    shall be a thriller.. looking forward to some exciting rugby be it the weather plays along.. exciting prospects for the Stormers in the back line, and massive clashes up front.. Stormers by 10

  • Willem

    This is a big game first up for both sides. Hope to see my stormers Backline firing this season. There are some bright new faces there with alot of potential. Etzebeth is a loss, but Elstadt will bring the grunt. Go Stormers !! :) I hope :) First game of the season is always a hit and miss.