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Match Preview – Bulls v Griquas

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For the final game of round 1 we move to Pretoria where the Vodacom Bulls will take on the Tafel Lager Griquas.

The Bulls looked impressive under their new coach Jake White a few weeks ago at the Super Fan Saturday match against the Sharks and their are eager fans waiting to see what Jake can do with this team.

White has spend plenty of money during the lockdown to get some old hands back at Loftus and some old faces that have strengthen his squad.

Griquas has always been in the same boat as the Pumas where they most of the time loose their great players to the bigger franchises so their are a mix between experience players and some new and young players coming into the squad.

The Bulls have been marked as favorites for the competition and will have to carry that tag on Saturday as well when they run onto Loftus against the Pumas.

As with many of the bigger franchises the Bulls have a well balance match 23 as well as a great squad upon which White can pick from.

They will however be without Springbok Vermeulen who is carrying a niggle from last weekend which led to Arno Botha take the captaincy for this weekend.

With names like Gio Aplon, Cornal Hendricks, Travis Ismaiel and Morne Steyn in the backline, the Bulls have plenty of fire power to take on the men from Kimberley.

The big test for Griquas will be if they can hold the Bulls in the set pieces. The Bulls have quality throughout their pack and some more on the bench which will make it very difficult for Griquas.

To beat the Bulls you will have to at least match them with your pack and that is where Griquas may come up short this weekend.

The battle on the ground is always important and it will be interesting to see how the two set of loosies match up on Saturday.

The Bulls have Tim Agaba starting at number eight with Marco van Staden and Arno Botha on the side of the scrum and they will come up against Niell Jordaan, Stefan Willemse and Carl Els.

Both sides have great 10’s in Morne Steyn and George Whitehead who can control the game with the boot and managing their backline but good ball is needed which bring us back to the forwards.

The Bulls should not have any problem taking the win here but you need to put the 80 minutes together and that they will have to against a always dangerous Griquas side.

Kick-off is 19:00 and the game will be broadcast live on SuperSport

Teams:

Vodacom Bulls: 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Travis Ismaiel, 13. Stedman Gans, 12. Cornal Hendricks, 11. David Kriel, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Ivan van Zyl, 8. Tim Agaba, 7. Arno Botha (C), 6. Marco van Staden, 5. Ruan Nortje, 4. Jason Jenkins, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Corniel Els, 1. Jacques van Rooyen.

Replacements: 16. Johan Grobbelaar, 17. Lizo Gqoboka, 18. Mornay Smith, 19. Sintu Manjezi, 20. Elrigh Louw, 21. Embrose Papier, 22. Chris Smith, 23. Marco Jansen van Vuren

Non-playing subs: 24. Jan Uys, 25. Duane Vermeulen, 26. Jade Stighling.

Griquas: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 Harlon Klaasen, 12 Andre Swarts, 11 James Verity-Amm, 10 George Whitehead (c), 9 Zak Burger, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Carl Els, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 HJ Luus, 1 Mox Mxoli.

Replacements: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Bandisa Ndlovu, 18 Madot Mabokela, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Zandre Jordaan, 21 Gideon van der Merwe, 22 Ashlon Davids, 23 Berton Klaasen, 24 Mzwanele Zito, 25 Johan Momsen, 26 Bjorn Basson.

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