SR: Vodacom Bulls 44(23), Brumbies 23(6)

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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Pretoria based Bulls and the Canberra based Brumbies the Canberra side have won three and lost two.

The last time these teams met was in July last year in Pretoria in the Super Rugby Semi-final and the Brumbies won the match. The last two matches – one in Pretoria and one in Canberra were both won by the Brumbies. Overall the Bulls and the Brumbies have played each other 16 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Bulls have won 6 times and lost 10 times.

That gives the Bulls a record of winning 38% of their Super Rugby matches against the Brumbies. The average score when the Bulls play the Brumbies across all venues is Bulls 26 Brumbies 31. This weekend the match will be played at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria which is home for the Bulls and the venue at which the teams have played each other 9 times.

In those nine Super Rugby matches played at Loftus the Bulls have won 5 times and lost four times. That gives the Bulls a record of winning 56% of their home matches against the Brumbies. The average score when the Bulls play the Brumbies is : Bulls 30 Brumbies 26.

In 2014 the Bulls have played 12 matches so far and they have won 5 and lost six matches and drawn once. They have played 6 matches at home and won five and drawn one. That makes the Bulls unbeaten at home in 2014. In comparison the Brumbies have played 12 matches in 2014 and they have won 8 and lost four matches. Away from home they have played 6 matches and won three which gives them a record of wining 50 % of their away matches.

In terms of selections the Brumbies have mostly retained the team that lost to the Cheetahs but brought in Leon Power to make his first appearance since the fifth round which will give them height at the line-out and a hard edge around the park.

The Bulls had a bye last week but went into the bye having ended their away losing streak. Flip van der Merwe returns to the starting line up having served his suspension. In the backs Jacques-Louis Potgieter takes over from Handre Pollard.

Average score: Bulls 26 Brumbies 31

Last five results
27 Jul 2013 (Semi) Bulls v Brumbies 23-26 Pretoria
30 Mar 2013 Bulls v Brumbies 20-23 Canberra
21 Apr 2012 Bulls v Brumbies 36-34 Pretoria
20 Feb 2010 Bulls v Brumbies 50-32 Pretoria
17 Apr 2009 Bulls v Brumbies 31-32 Canberra

Bulls overall record against the Brumbies
Played 16 , Wins 6 , Losses 10, Draws 0

Match No. 90: Bulls v Brumbies
Date :Friday 23 May
Venue : Loftus Versfeld
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper.
Assistant Ref 2: Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff.

Source: superxv.com

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