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Waratahs v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

Francois Hougaard clears the ball for the Bulls in their last match against the Waratahs

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Article Published: Thursday 17 April 2014|

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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Waratahs and the Bulls, South African side the Bulls have won five out of five.

Going back further out of the last eight matches between the teams the Bulls have won all eight.

The Waratahs have played the Bulls 17 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and they have won 7 matches and lost ten matches.

That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 41% of their matches against the Bulls across all venues. The average score when the Waratahs play the Bulls is : Waratahs 27 Bulls 23

This weekend the match will be played in Sydney which is home for the Waratahs and where the teams have met 8 times. In those 8 Super Rugby matches the Waratahs have won five and lost three.

That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 63% of their matches against the Bulls and the average score in Sydney when the teams meet is : Waratahs 29 Bulls 19.

However, the Waratahs have lost their last three matches against the Bulls in Sydney. They beat the Bulls in 2005 in the Semi-final but every match at home since then they have lost.

In terms of form both teams will go into the match this week off a loss. The Waratahs were beaten in Perth by the Force while the Bulls were beaten in Dunedin by the Highlanders.

The Bulls have been on a roller coaster of form this season. They looked like they had found form at home but then drew with the Chiefs at home and were hit with injuries against the Hurricanes. The Bulls last victory was four weeks ago.

The Bulls have played 8 matches so far this season and they have won three and lost four. They have also played four matches away from home and have yet to win away from home.

The Waratahs have played seven matches so far this season and they have won four and lost three. They are unbeaten at home.

In terms of selection the Waratahs have been given a major boost this week as they have got their top try scorer Israel Folau back.

Aside from the return of Folau the Waratahs have named a team that is largely unchanged. Blindside flanker Jacques Potgieter, who'll be up against former Bulls teammates and will be partnered by Michael Hooper and skipper Dave Dennis.

The Waratahs are expecting a tough physical battle and have named five forwards and three backs on the bench. Wycliff Palu missed last week's loss in Perth but returns on the bench.

The Bulls on the other hand named an unchanged team for this week and the only change is Rudy Paige on the bench as scrumhalf cover which means that Francois Hougaard remains on the wing.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The key factor in this match is the return of Israel Folau who is the team's top tryscorer. Without Folau they have struggled to score tries but when he has been on the field they haven't had trouble crossing the line. We are going to back the Waratahs to end their 8 match losing streak this week. The Waratahs should win by 6.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD on the Red Button.

Average score: Waratahs 27 Bulls 23

Last five results
27 Apr 2013 Waratahs v Bulls 19-30 Pretoria
11 May 2012 Waratahs v Bulls 24-27 Sydney
03 Jun 2011 Waratahs v Bulls 17-23 Pretoria
27 Feb 2010 Waratahs v Bulls 38-48 Pretoria
11 Apr 2009 Waratahs v Bulls 6-20 Sydney

Waratahs overall record against the Bulls
Played 17 , Wins 7, Losses 10, Draws 0

Match No. 59: Waratahs v Bulls
Date :Saturday 19 April
Venue : Allianz Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1: James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2: Ed Martin
TMO: Peter Marshall

Teams

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4.Will Skelton , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Jacques Potgieter , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Dave Dennis (captain), 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15 .

Replacements: 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Pat McCutcheon , 20. Wycliff Palu , 21. Brendan McKibbin , 22 Jono Lance , 23. Matt Carraro

Bulls

Jurgen Visser, Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Francois Hougaard, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Piet van Zyl, Grant Hattingh, Jacques du Plessis, Jono Ross, Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe (c), Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Marcel van der Merwe, Morne Mellett, Paul Willemse, Jacques Engelbrecht, Rudy Paige, Handre Pollard, William Small-Smith.

 
 
 
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