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Rainbow Cup SA Preview – Vodacom Bulls welcomes Emirates Lions at Loftus


The second match in the first round of the Rainbow Cup South Africa, we move up to Pretoria where the Vodacom Bulls take on the Emirates Lions at Loftus.

The Bulls have dominated last season Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup winning both competitions and will want to build on that success going into the first round of matches.

Lions coach Van Rooyen has opted to give Dan Kriel the captains armband for this clash with the Bulls. He will partner Wandisile Simelane in the midfield with Fred Zeilinga at flyhalf and André Warner as the halfback pair.

Van Rooyen has opted to select Tiaan Swanepoel at fullback and he will form the back three with Steyn Pienaar and Courtnall Skosan.

The loose trio for the Lions this weekend will be Francke Horn, Vincent Tshituka and MJ Pelser.

Jannie Du Plessis, PJ Botha and Sit Sithole will pack down in front of the scrum with Wilhelm van der Sluys and Ruben Schoeman in the second row.

The Bulls have picked their best possible team for Saturday.

Newly signed James Verity-Amm will get his first opportunity this weekend at Fullback.

He will partner Madosh Tambwe and Stravino Jacobs to complete the back three for the Bulls. In the midfield Jake White went with Cornal Hendricks and Marco Jansen van Vuren.

The halfback pair for this weekend is Chris Smith and Embrose Papier with Morné Steyn that will cover from the bench.

Carr will again captain the side from the number eight jumper with Elrigh Louw and Marco van Staden on the side of the scrum.

Mornay Smith, Gerhard Steenkamp and Johan Grobbelaar will make up the front row for the Bulls.

On the bench the Bulls also have some quality to call on in the second half with Lizo Gqoboka, Jacques van Rooyen and Arno Botha all on the bench.

This battle at Loftus will be a great contest with the Bulls having a great pack which the Lions will have to take on from the first minute.

One tend to think that the packs will determined the outcome of this one.


Bulls: 15 James Verity-Amm, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.

Replacements: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Walt Steenkamp, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 David Kriel. 24 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 25 Reinhardt Ludwig, 26 Tim Agaba, 27 Diego Appollis.

Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel (captain), 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 André Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Sti Sithole.

Replacements: 16 Morné Brandon, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Emmanuel Tshituka, 21 Sibusiso Sangweni, 22 Morné van den Berg, 23 EW Viljoen.

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