In their first two matches, the Stormers have cash in one two ‘get out of jail’ cards and a third one against the Bulls this weekend will not happen.
Although the Stormers coach Dobson, has praised his teams character in the two comeback efforts, one need to realise that sooner than later you have to fix the wrongs if you want to beat the top teams. One this is for sure the Bulls will not allow them to get back in the game if they build a lead in the first half.
The Bulls are coming off a convincing win over the Sharks last weekend and Jake White’s men will be even harder to beat this weekend at Loftus.
With a good balance of big strong pack and a general at 10 in Steyn, the Bulls have a well balance side that can adopt to different game plans if needed. They have a real shot at the trophy if they can build on the win against the Sharks.
White has made only one change to his starting XV that beat the Sharks in bring back Nyakane to start in the front row.
The Bulls were struggling last weekend until an early change with Trevor and Marcel saw the Bulls dominate the scrums which start the shift for the home side.
From the Cape we see that Springbok Steven Kitshoff that will captain the side in Pretoria this weekend after Siya picked up an injury last weekend against the Pumas.
Jaco Coetzee will replace Kolisi on the side of the scrum with Schickerling also back in the second row.
Dobson has taken an extended bench to travel to Pretoria in Marcel Theunissen, Angelo Davids, Ben-Jason Dixon and Tristan Leyds all on the bench.
Both coaches has spoken how this north v south derby always brings the best out in the two teams and we can expect a massive battle on Saturday.
The test for the Stormers will be to counter and even dominate the Bulls pack. The battle for the ball on the ground should also be one of the crucial aspects of the game. This is one of the areas where the Bulls outclassed the Sharks last weekend.
Morne Steyn holds the key for the Bulls as he is back to his best, dominating and forcing their game down on the opposition.
The Stormers struggled with the Pumas kicking game last weekend and we can be sure that Steyn will test them.
On the Stormers side I do not know where to start really. They have been poor in both their first two matches and lucky to come out with the wins in both those matches.
Their structure and execution has been poor and one could not even understand what gameplan they where trying to enforce.
Against this Bulls side they will have to be at their best from the first minute of the game if they want to upset the host in their own backyard.
Playing the way they did against the Lions and Pumas will end in a very long day for the Stormers and their fans.
The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport on Saturday at 18:30
Predictions: All evidence show us the Bulls will beat the Stormers and beat them well, but their is always something in it when these two play. We going for a Bulls win by 15
Vodacom 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 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren.
DHL Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 David Meihuizen, 21 Marcel Theunissen, 22 Ben-Jason Dixon, 23 Godlen Masimla, 24 Tim Swiel, 25 Angelo Davids, 26 Tristan Leyds.