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Stormers v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

Handre Pollard gets a rare start for the Bulls in Cape Town.

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Article Published: Thursday 3 July 2014|

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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Stormers and the Bulls the Cape Town based Stormers have won three and the Pretoria Bulls two.

Overall the Stormers have played the Bulls 21 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Stormers have won 11 matches, lost 9 matches and drawn one.

That gives the Stormers a record of winning 52% of their matches across all venues against the Bulls.

The average score when the Stormers play the Bulls at all venues is : Stormers 22 Bulls 24.

This weekend the Stormers will have home advantage as the match will be at Newlands in Cape Town where the teams have met 10 times.

In those 10 matches the Stormers have won 6 matches, lost three and drawn one. That gives the Stormers a record of winning 60% of their home matches.

The average score when the Stormers play the Bulls in Cape Town is : Stormers 23 Bulls 19.

In 2014 the Stormers have played 14 matches and they have won six. They have played 6 at home and won five matches which gives them a record of winning 83% of their home matches.

The Bulls on the other hand have played 14 as well and they too have won six matches. The Bulls have played 7 matches away from home and they have lost all 7 so they have yet to win away from Loftus Versfeld.

The Stormers are out of the running for the play offs and are in 11th place overall and on 28 points. After struggling earlier in the season they have found form and are on a three match winning streak.

The Bulls are in 10th place on 33 points. They have a mathematical chance of reaching the play offs and given what they did to the Reds to home a home semi-final in 2007 you can't write them off until they are completely out of it.

The Bulls have said that they will be targeting a bonus point victory in Cape Town and in the 10 matches played in Cape Town they have scored four tries three times.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 4 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Bulls have a mountain to climb this week as they have not won away from home and they need a bonus point win. The Stormers on the other hand have started winnning matches and will be tough to beat. The Stormers should edge this by 1.

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

Average score: Stormers 22 Bulls 24

Last five results
10 May 2014 Stormers v Bulls 12-28 Pretoria
13 Jul 2013 Stormers v Bulls 30-13 Cape Town
22 Feb 2013 Stormers v Bulls 17-25 Pretoria
02 Jun 2012 Stormers v Bulls 19-14 Pretoria
31 Mar 2012 Stormers v Bulls 20-17 Cape Town

Stormers overall record against the Bulls
Played 21, Wins 11 , Losses 9, Draws 1

Match No. 111: Stormers v Bulls
Date : Saturday 5 July
Venue : Newlands
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: Marius Jonker
Assistant Ref 2: Quinton Immelman
TMO:Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15. Jaco Taute , 14. Gio Aplon , 13. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 12. Juan de Jongh , 11. Cheslin Kolbe , 10. Kurt Coleman , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen , 7. Schalk Burger (captain) , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Ruan Botha , 4. Michael Rhodes , 3. Pat Cilliers , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Alistair Vermaak

Replacements: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg , 17. Sti Sithole , 18. Martin Dreyer , 19. Manuel Carizza , 20. Siya Kolisi , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Peter Grant , 23. Seabelo Senatla (On Super Rugby debut for the Stormers)

Bulls

Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson , Handre Pollard, Francois Hougaard , Grant Hattingh , Jacques Engelbrecht , Jono Ross , Victor Matfield (c), Paul Willemse, Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie , Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Marcel van der Merwe , Morne Mellett , Marvin Orie, Roelof Smit, Piet van Zyl , Jacques-Louis Potgieter, William Small-Smith.

 
 
 
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