This match could have been billed as the Super Rugby champions match as the former Super Rugby champs are hosting the reigning Super Rugby champions the Reds.
Unfortunately though the Reds will be without a host of stars and have had to name rookie fly half Dallan Murphy to make his Super Rugby starting debut in this match. What a baptism of fire that will be.
The Bulls and Reds have played each other 14 times and surprisingly the Bulls have only won 5 times. One of those wins was in 2007 when the Bulls smashed the Reds 92-3 which you would expect would make the score averages slant heavily towards the Bulls.
However the Bulls record is not that good and the average score between the teams when they play each other is Bulls 25 Reds 24. The 2007 result does impact on the average scores for matches played between the teams at Loftus as the average score is Bulls 37 Reds 16.
That 2007 result is now so distant as only two players from the Bulls who started against the Reds on that day, have been chosen for Saturday’s match. They are Pierre Spies and Wynand Olivier, while Morne Steyn was on the bench back in 2007.
Reds and Wallaby captain James Horwill is the only "survivor" from the Reds team of 2007.
The Bulls and the Reds have played each other six times at Loftus and the Bulls have won four out of the six. The four that the Bulls have won have been the last four which means that the Reds have not won in Pretoria since 2001.
Both teams will be coming into the match looking for an improvement as they both lost their last match. The Reds lost to the Sharks and the Bulls lost to the Blues.
The Bookies have given the Reds 8 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. Injuries will weigh too heavily on the Reds this weekend so the Bulls should win this one comfortably. The Bulls should win by 15 or more.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports website.
Average score: Bulls 25 Reds 24
Last five results
16 Apr 2011 Bulls v Reds 30-39 Brisbane
17 Apr 2010 Bulls v Reds 12-19 Brisbane
14 Feb 2009 Bulls v Reds 33-20 Pretoria
15 Mar 2008 Bulls v Reds 8-40 Brisbane
05 May 2007 Bulls v Reds 92-3 Pretoria
Bulls overall record against the Reds
Played 14 , Wins 5 , Losses 9 ,Draws 0
Match No.33. Bulls vs Reds
Date :Saturday 24 March
Venue : Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Zane Kirchner , Akona Ndungane, Johann Sadie, Wynand Olivier , Bjorn Basson , Morne Steyn , Francois Hougaard , Pierre Spies (C), Jacques Potgieter, CJ Stander , Juandre Kruger , Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle , Dean Greyling .
Replacements: Willie Wepener , Frik Kirsten , Wilhelm Steenkamp , Arno Botha , Jano Vermaak , Louis Fouche , JJ Engelbrecht.
1. Ben Daley , 2. Saia Faingaa , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (c) , 6. Scott Higginbotham , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia (vc) , 10. Dallan Murphy , 11. Luke Morahan , 12. Ben Tapuai , 13. Jono Lance , 14. Dom Shipperley , 15. Rod Davies
Replacements : 16. James Hanson , 17. James Slipper , 18. Radike Samo , 19. Van Humphries , 20. Liam Gill , 21. Nick Frisby , 22. Nathan Eyres-Brown