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Bulls v Southern Kings Super Rugby Preview

Jan Serfontein protects the ball for the Bulls

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Article Published: Thursday 27 June 2013






South African Conference leaders the Bulls will look to cement their place in the Super Rugby play offs when they take on the Southern Kings at home in Pretoria on Saturday

It will be almost three months since the Bulls last lost in Super Rugby on Saturday. They are on a seven-match winning streak and will be looking to make it eight when they host the Southern Kings.

The Bulls' last defeat was on tour against the Brumbies on 30 March. It was the last encounter of a three-match losing streak Down Under and now have the playoffs in sight.

Looking at the Bulls' home record in recent seasons, it's clear the Kings have a massive task ahead. Since winning their third Super Rugby title in 2010, the team from Pretoria have lost only five out of 22 matches at Loftus Versfeld.

Going back to the start of 2007, it changes to nine home defeats in 53 matches.

Both teams have lost their captains this week, and in both instances the injury news was not good - the Bulls' Pierre Spies and the Kings' Luke Watson will not play again in 2013.

Dewald Potgieter (Bulls) and Andries Strauss (Kings) will lead their teams out on Saturday.

"It's good to have a few of our front-line players back as we head into the business end of the competition, especially since we've lost a few players to injury," said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

"This is a massive game for us - each game in Super Rugby is - but we've set our goals for the season and now is the time to make sure we achieve them. The Kings will not be an easy opponent, as there is no such thing in this competition.

"We simply need to ensure we stick to what has been working for us thus far this year and the guys who are getting opportunities need to put their hands up on Saturday."

The Bulls have won their last eight matches at home and have not lost in Pretoria since the Stormers beat them 14-19 on June the 2nd last year.

The Bookies have given the Southern Kings a 20 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. With the Bulls being at home and this close to the play offs a loss on Saturday is unthinkable. The Bulls should win this comfortably by 25 points or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Kings 0 Bulls 34

Last five results
20 Apr 2013 Bulls v Kings 34-0 Port Elizabeth

Southern Kings overall record against the Bulls
Played 1 ,Wins 1,Losses 0,Draws 0

Match No.:107. Bulls v Kings
Date : Saturday 29 June
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Cobus Wessels
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee

Teams

Bulls

Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, Jan Serfontein, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Louis Fouche, Francois Hougaard, Dewald Potgieter (captain), Jacques Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Grant Hattingh, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Juandre Kruger, Jono Ross, Rudy Paige, Morne Steyn, JJ Engelbrecht.

Kings

SP Marais, Marcello Sampson, Ronnie Cooke, Andries Strauss (capt), Michael Killian, Demetri Catrakilis, Shaun Venter, Schalk Ferreira, Bandise Maku, Kevin Buys, Cornell du Preez, Darron Nell (v-capt), David Bulbring, Wimpie van der Walt, Jacques Engelbrecht.

Replacements: Grant Kemp, Hannes Franklin, Rynier Bernardo, Devin Oosthuizen, Nicolas Vergallo, George Whitehead, Shane Gates.

 
 
 
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