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Match Preview: Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls


The first big clash in the Republic this weekend is Saturday afternoon when the Emirates Lions face the Vodacom Bulls.

This will be a massive clash between two teams who had great wins in round one but lost their games last week.

The Lions were flat on attack and without any impact in the second half. They lost the match against the Stormers more than the Stormers won it.

Both sides have lost their captains for this weekend match which means we will have two new leaders in Malcolm Marx and Duane Vermeulen leading the teams on Saturday.

They have made three changes to their side with Hacjivah Dayimani replacing Whiteley, Ryno Herbst come in for Marvin Ori who is also injured and Aphiwe Dyantyi returning to the starting lineup.

The Bulls also made a few changes with Dylan Sage who will made his run-on debut for the Bulls in the mdifield alongside Jesse Kriel.

Eli Snyman will make his first start for the Bulls in place of the injured Lood De Jager.

On the bench we see Tim Agaba making his comeback and Divan Roussouw take Sage seat on the bench.

The Bulls will have seen the impact the traveling to Argentina and back made on the Lions performance last week.

It is not easy but they will just have to bite the bullet for 80 minutes against a Lions side who would be hurt from the loss of last week.

The Lions have a great backline that are able to score tries but it will all come down to the set pieces and what type of ball their forwards can give them.

The Bulls pack have been good this far and with Vermeulen leading the side we can expect a huge battle upfront in this clash.

There are a few matchups which will have Springbok coach Erasmus nailing to his TV in this game.

We have the number one and two ten’s in the country up against each other which will be a great test to see who comes out the winner.

At the back you have two Springbok fullbacks in Andries Coetzee and Warrick Gelant taking each-other on and in the midfield we have Jesse Kriel and Lionel Mapoe.

Upfront there will be some more clashes we can look forward to with Kwagga Smith and Marnus Schoeman going up against Vermeulen and Liebenburg.

At hooker you can see how Marx goes against Brits and do not leave out the front rows.

All we need is that this match live up to the expectations and not the disappointment like we saw at Newlands.

The Lions have won six out of the last seven matches against the Bulls which includes the last four.

The Lions defence have been great so far this season having the best tackle success rate of any side with 89%. They also won the most turnovers so far (24).

The Bulls lineouts have beeb great but they are without their captain Lood De Jager for this match. They currently have a 100% success rate in the lineouts.

Hold on to what ever you can find as this is going to be huge one.

Prediction: The traveling is a factor and the Lions at home after a loss last week….Lions by 12


Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies 9 Nic Groom, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Rhyno Herbst , 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (c), 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Vicent Tshituka, 21 Gianni Lombard, 22 Franco Naude , 23 Courtnall Skosan.

Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Dylan Sage, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Hanro Liebenburg, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements:16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.

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