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The second match on Friday in Super Rugby Round 11 is in Canberra where the Brumbies host South Africa’s Bulls.

The Bulls beat the Western Force in Perth last week and they are now on a five match winning streak.

We mentioned last week that the Bulls have been slipping under the radar recently but if they win this week they will top the South African Group as the Lions and Stormers have a bye. if that happens they won’t be able to fly under the radar for much longer.

The Brumbies were beaten 23-10 by the Highlanders last week. Prior to that they were beaten by the Crusaders. It has become clear that they currently have a problem with New Zealand teams and they will no doubt be pleased to be facing a South African side this week.

The Brumbies are in a similar position to the Bulls as if they win this week they will top the Australian Conference as the Rebels have a bye.

The Brumbies have played the Bulls 18 times in Super Rugby and they have won 11 matches and lost seven. This gives them a record of winning 62% of their matches against the Bulls.

The Brumbies have played the Bulls 8 times in Canberra and the Bulls have won once. That single Bulls victory was in 2007 when they Bulls won their first title and South Africa went on to win the World Cup.

The 7 wins in Canberra give the Brumbies a record of winning 88% of their matches against the Bulls. The average score when the Brumbies host the Bulls is Brumbies 35 Bulls 21

The Brumbies have won three of their last four matches against the Bulls including last year’s 22-16 win at GIO Stadium.

The Brumbies have been able to bring co-captain Stephen Moore and veteran prop Ben Alexander back for this match. They will however be without Matt Toomua due to injury.

Moore and Alexander missed last week’s 23-10 loss to the Highlanders in Invercargill but will rejoin the starting side, along with Scott Sio who came off the bench last week.

Sio replaces Allan Alaalatoa who returns to the Replacements.Lock Rory Arnold, who also started last week’s match from the bench, returns to the starting XV alongside Sam Carter, while the backrow trio of Scott Fardy, David Pocock and Jarrad Butler remains unchanged.

Robbie Coleman comes in to the backline to replace Toomua and partners Tevita Kuridrani who start at outside centre while Nigel Ah Wong and James Dargaville are the wings.

After last week’s victory over the Force the Bulls have named an unchanged starting team for this week. Dan Kriel will start off the replacements bench and Dries Swanepoel drops out of match day squad.

Jason Jenkins has not recovered from his niggle and was not considered, but Bjorn Basson has recovered from an ankle sprain and starts.

The Brumbies two losses to New Zealand opposition leaves the Brumbies with a streak of two losses going into this fixture, the last time they lost more than two matches in a row in Super Rugby was in Round 13, 2011.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 7 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. History is against the Brumbies this week and they rarely travel well in Australasia. The Brumbies should win by 10.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 1.

Average score: Brumbies 30 Bulls 27

Last five results
29 May 2015 Brumbies v Bulls 22-16 Canberra
24 May 2014 Brumbies v Bulls 23-44 Pretoria
27 Jul 2013 (Semi) Brumbies v Bulls 26-23 Pretoria
30 Mar 2013 Brumbies v Bulls 23-20 Canberra
21 Apr 2012 Brumbies v Bulls 34-36 Pretoria

Brumbies overall record against the Bulls
Played 18 , Wins 11, Losses 7 , Draws 0

Match No.80: Brumbies v Bulls
Date : Friday 6 May 2016
Venue : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:Ed Martin
TMO : Peter Marshall

Teams

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore (c), 3. Ben Alexander, 4.Rory Arnold, 5.Sam Carter, 6.Scott Fardy, 7.David Pocock, 8. Jarrad Butler, 9. Tomás Cubelli, 10. Christian Lealiifano (c), 11. James Dargaville, 12.Robbie Coleman, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Nigel Ah Wong, 15. Aidan Toua

Replacements : 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Allan Alaalatoa, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Blake Enever, 21. Jordan Smiler, 22.Joe Powell, 23.Lausii Taliauli

Bulls

SP Marais, Travis Ismaiel , Jesse Kriel , Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson , Francois Brummer, Piet van Zyl, Hanro Liebenberg , Arno Botha, Lappies Labuschagne , RG Snyman , Marvin Orie , Marcel van der Merwe , Adriaan Strauss (c), Trevor Nyakane

Replacements: Bandise Maku Lizo Gqoboka, Werner Kruger, Jannes Kirsten, Roelof Smit, Rudy Paige, Tian Schoeman, Dan Kriel.

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