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Preview – Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks

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There is excitement in the air this week in Pretoria with the Vodacom Bulls hosting the Cell C Sharks in what should be a massive clash.

Only one point separate the two teams on the log so far with the Sharks desperate after a home lost against the DHL Stormers last week.

It was a poor performance from the Sharks last week with their set pieces falling to pieces in the game. They were loosing lineouts and had no dominance in the scrums against the Stormers.

On the other hand the Bulls recored a massive win away from home against the Lions. The more one look at this Bulls side the more you start believing they are busy to build something special with new coach Human.

It is no secret that Vermeulen and Brits have bring something special to the team and with Pollard controlling things at the back they are starting to play like a well coached team with a clear plan which everyone has bought into.

The Sharks are the team that most South Africans believe to be the top side in the African pool but the way they performed last week just take us back to what we have seen through the years from them.

They need to play more consistant if they want to be a contender for the title this year. 

The Bulls had to make some changes to their forwards with Tim Agaba and Jannes Kirsten forming the loose trio with Vermeulen.

We also see Liebenberg moving to lock for this game to partner Jenkins.

The battle will be up front with the front row. Here we will have Trevor Nyakane, Schalk Brits, Lizo Gqoboka up against Coenie Oosthuizen, Akker van der Merwe and Tendai Mtawarira.

We have exciting players for both teams at the back and we are looking forward to see Kriel and Sage going up against Am and Ward.

The weather is looking good so hopefully we will see a proper South African derby on Saturday. The team winning this one will take some confidence and the lead in the African conference.

Prediction: Bulls at home playing great rugby with Pollard in top form, Bulls by 11

Teams:

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Dylan Sage, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Ivan van Zyl 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Jannes Kirsten, 5 Jason Jenkins, 4 Hanro Liebenberg, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10.Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Wian Vosloo, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira 

Replacements: 16 Fezokhule ‘Fez’ Mbatha, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Curwin Bosch

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