Although it was not pretty the Bulls will take heart from the win against the Sharks as it was an away win.
This week they are back at Loftus welcoming the Jaguares for their Round 8 match.
Pote Human has felt it was the right time to rest some of his Springboks with Handre Pollard and Jesse Kriel sitting this one out.
This means that Springbok Duane Vermeulen will lead the Bulls this weekend.
Human has also lost Brits due to the suspension he got this week.
Corniel Els will get his first run-on this week as he take the place of Brits in the front-row.
Manie Libbok and Dylan Sage will replace Pollard and Kriel. Sage will partner Odendaal in the midfield.
Jade Stighlng will also get his first start replacing Specman on the one wing and Johnny Kotze will take Hendricks place for this weekend.
Cornal Hendricks will move as cover to the bench.
Liebenberg will move back to the second row in place of Jenkins who has a niggle.
This makes way for Jannes Kirsten to start on the side of the scrum with Bholi as cover.
Jaco Visagie has also recover from his injury and will make his first start off the bench.
With Pollard out for the weekend JT Jackson will cover flyhalf.
Human said the squad prepared well and is keen to continue their winning momentum against a dangerous opponent.
“The Jaguares are very, very competitive and have shown that they can win away from home. We will be looking for some consistency in performance and we need to play better when at home, as we have some of the best home support in the competition.
We have rested some players, but the new guys are all very keen to make a contribution and I expect a massive effort from all of them.”
The Jaguares are coming off a narrow lost against the Chiefs at home. It will be a fascinating contest to see how the Bulls will fare without Pollard for the first time this season.
In Libbok they have a quality replacement but he did not have a lot of time on the park yet this year.
He had a great Currie Cup and the hope will be that he can kick on from that to Super Rugby.
He has been one of the 10’s in the country that many expect a lot off in the coming years.
The Bulls will have to dominate upfront. Against the Jaguares your defensive systems must be on par as they can attack from anywhere and have the ability to punish you on turnover position so game management on the ball will be crucial.
Some interesting facts (By: OPTA)
- All five previous Super Rugby games between the Bulls and Jaguares have been won by the home side on the day, victory here for the Bulls would tie up the head to head record with three wins apiece.
- The Bulls lost their last home game in Super Rugby against the Chiefs, they’ve not lost back to back home games though since 2017.
- The Jaguares have lost their last five away games on the bounce in Super Rugby, conceding 40+ points on three occasions in that span; they had won four on the bounce away from home prior to that run.
- The Bulls have conceded just one try within the opening 20 quarter of a game this Super Rugby season, fewer than any other team in the competition.
- Bulls backrower Duane Vermeulen has 11 turnovers to his name this season, two more than any other player in Super Rugby, six of those have been jackals.
Prediction: A real difficult one….but give it to the Bulls by 7
Bulls – 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Johnny Kotzé, 13 Dylan Sage, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Hanro Liebenberg, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 JT Jackson, 23 Cornal Hendricks.
Jaguares – TBC
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