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The fourth and final Super Rugby match on Saturday in Round 14 is in Pretoria where the Bulls host the Lions.

The Bulls and the Lions teams have not played yet this season and the last time they met was in May last year.

This match puts the Africa 1 and the Africa 2 Conference leaders against each other.

The Bulls (on 32 points) are second in the South African Super Rugby Group behind the Lions who have 37 points.

The Bulls would need a bonus point victory with a margin of 58 points to overtake the Lions in the Group.

The Bulls and the Lions have played each other 21 times in Super Rugby and the Bulls have won 14 matches and the Lions 7. This gives the Bulls a record of winning 67% of their matches against the Lions.

In Pretoria the Bulls and Lions have played each other 11 times and the Bulls have won 8 matches and lost three. The Lions won the first three but every match after 2002 has been won by the Bulls. The eight consecutive wins for the Bulls give them a record of winning 73% of their home matches against the Lions.

The Bulls have made two changes for this match as coach Nollis Marais has replaced Travis Ismaiel with Bjorn Basson on the wing as the former withdrew from the team due to personal commitments.

In the only other change to the side hooker Bandise Maku also comes in on the bench in place of Jaco Visagie as a straight switch.

The Lions on the other hand have made seven changes – almost half of the team that beat the Jaguares 52-24 last week.

Elton Jantjies has been ruled out due to injury so Marnitz Boshoff gets the starting flyhalf jersey. Sylvian Mahuza gets his starting debut at fullback and he replaces Jaco van der Walt who was injured against the Jaguares last weekend.

In other rotational changes Malcolm Marx, Andries Ferreira, Warwick Tecklenburg and Rohan Janse van Rensburg all get a start. Ashlon Davis has been included on the bench and if he gets a run will make his debut.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Lions changes are big ones in key places so we are going against the bookies on this one. The Bulls should sneak this one by 2 points.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3 on the Reds Button.

Average score: Bulls v 30 Lions 25

Last five results
02 May 2015 Bulls v Lions 35-33 Pretoria
04 Apr 2015 Bulls v Lions 18-22 Johannesburg
31 May 2014 Bulls v Lions 21-32 Johannesburg
01 Mar 2014 Bulls v Lions 25-17 Pretoria
14 Jul 2012 Bulls v Lions 37-20 Pretoria

Bulls overall record against the Lions
Played 21, Wins 14, Losses 7, Draws 0

Match No.107: Bulls v Lions
Date : Saturday 28 May 2016
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17:10 local
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Christie du Preez

Teams

Bulls

15 SP Marais,14 Jamba Ulengo,13 Jesse Kriel,12 Jan Serfontein,11 Bjorn Basson,10 Francois Brummer,9 Piet van Zyl,8 Arno Botha,7 Jannes Kirsten,6 Lappies Labuschagne,5 RG Snyman,4 Jason Jenkins,3 Marcel vd Merwe,2 Adriaan Strauss (C ),1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements : 16 Bandise Maku,17 Trevor Nyakane,18 Pierre Schoeman,19 Grant Hattingh,20 Deon Stegmann,21 Rudy Paige,22 Tian Schoeman,23 Dries Swanepoel

Lions

15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements : 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Ashlon Davids.

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