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Match Preview – Bulls v Sharks


In the last match this weekend we go to Loftus for another big clash when the Bulls and Sharks take each other on.

The Sharks may have lost against the Bulls in the pre season fun day at Loftus a few weeks ago, but this will be a totally different match. The Sharks has been one of the top sides in South Africa this year and this will be one of the major test for Jake White and his Bulls side.

The Bulls have not impressed so far after two rounds with a close win against the Griquas at home and then another close one in Bloemfontein where they were on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

They have struggle with their set pieces and against the Sharks we expect a massive battle when the big boys take each other on at Loftus.

The Sharks will be coming of a bye after beating the Lions at home in the first round of matches.

Sharks fans will be happy to see Everitt has named Springbok Sbu Nkosi in his starting XV after he missed the opening games so far. He will take the place of JP Pietersen.

The Sharks also have Kerron van Vuuren and Henco Venter back who will start from the bench and make their impact felt later in the game.

Also on the bench Everitt named the exciting Yaw Penxe who is one of their new signings from the Kings.

For the Bulls, Marcel van der Merwe gets his first start in the competition after he rejoined the Bulls from France earlier this year.

White has made some more changes most notably in the backs. David Kriel will go to fullback for the injured Aplon with Ismaiel will be taking Kriel’s place on the wing.

On the right wing we see Kurt-Lee Arendse getting his chance to show his ability. This is an exciting sevens players and he should bring some flair to the Bulls backs.

In the midfield, White has gone with a new combination in Hendricks and Gans taking the 12 and 13 jumpers for this game.

At 9, Van Zyl and Papier swap places for this weekend and in the forwards Elrigh Louw will get his first start on the blindside with Botha providing cover of the bench.

With Van der Merwe getting a start, Springbok Nyakane will play off the bench this weekend.

This week must be all about execution for the Bulls and staying patience. They have created plenty of opportunities but could not covert it into points.

The Bulls also need to start better this weekend. In both their previous games they let the opposition build scoreboard pressure and a good start will help with the self believe and confidence as well.

The Sharks has a well balanced side and is a difficult team to play, but enough pressure may just see them crack. The battle will surely start with the big boys but we expect enough fireworks from two exciting back-lines.

This game will be won or lost on inches and taken that inch will get you the result at the end.

Prediction: The Sharks is a good side but we have seen plenty of times how a bye takes that rhythm out of a team. At home and desperate we are giving this game to the Bulls by 9


Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren.

Sharks: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Werner Kok, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Phendulani Buthelezi, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Dylan Richardson, 1 Ox Nche.
Replacements: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Yaw Penxe.

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