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Bulls v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

Wyand Olivier tackles George Whitelock

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Article Published: Thursday 5 April 2012|

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The last time the Bulls played the Crusaders was last year in April in Timaru when the Crusaders blanked the Bulls 27-0.

The Bulls will no doubt start the match looking to avenge that result and will hit the Crusaders with heavy artillery from the offset.

Having played the Bulls 18 times the Crusaders will be expecting nothing less than an all out battle in this match.

In those 18 matches between the Bulls and the Crusaders the Bulls have only won 8 times. That means the Crusaders have won 12 of the clashes between the teams.

The average score when the teams play each other is Bulls 24 and Crusaders 34 which suggests a comfortable victory for the Crusaders.

However this match is being played at home where the Bulls have a 60 % success percentage against the Crusaders.

At Loftus the Bulls and Crusaders have played each other 10 times and the Bulls have won six times. The last three home matches have been won by the Bulls but one of those was in Soweto so the last two at Loftus Versfeld have been won by the Bulls.

The last time the Crusaders won at Loftus Versfeld was back in February 2008 which is over four years ago.

Surprisingly the scores between the Bulls and Crusaders in Pretoria favour the men from Christchurch at Bulls 30 Crusaders 31

The Bulls will be coming off a loss to the Stormers last week that could have been a victory with some cool heads. Had some of the old guard been in the team it is unlikely the Bulls would have allowed the Stormers to build such a strong lead in the first half.

This herd of Bulls has the edge in attack and even defence but lacks a few cool heads and this was evident last week and also against the Blues.

The Crusaders meanwhile started their South African tour with a comfortable victory at altitude over the Lions and they have remained at altitude all week and trained in Rustenburg so they should be fully acclimatized.

Their last two matches have also been against South African teams so they should also be used to the South African style of game.

The Bookies have given the  Crusaders a 2 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Crusaders haven't hit gear yet but the team is full of World Cup winners so they should sneak this one. We are going against the bookies on this one. Crusaders to win by 2.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports website.

Average score: Bulls 24 Crusaders 34

Last five results
09 Apr 2011 Bulls v Crusaders 0-27 Timaru
22 May 2010 Semi Bulls v Crusaders 39-24 Soweto
07 May 2010 Bulls v Crusaders 40-35 Pretoria
23 May 2009 Semi Bulls v Crusaders 36-23 Pretoria
03 Apr 2009 Bulls v Crusaders 13-16 Christchurch

Bulls overall record against the Crusaders
Played 18, Wins 6 , Losses 12 , Draws 0

Match No .48: Bulls v Crusaders
Date Saturday 7 April
Venue : Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Pro Legoete
Assistant Ref 2:Tiaan Jonker
TMO:Gerrie Coetzee

Teams

Bulls

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: Bongi Mbonambi , Frik Kirsten , Wilhelm Steenkamp , Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche JJ Engelbrecht .

Crusaders

Israel Dagg, Sean Maitland, Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Zac Guildford, Dan Carter, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read (captain), Matt Todd, George Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett.

Reserves: Quentin MacDonald, Ben Franks, Tom Donnelly, Luke Whitelock, Willi Heinz, Tom Taylor, Tom Marshall.

 
 
 
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