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Bulls v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

John Ulugia defends the ball against the Bulls

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Article Published: Thursday 25 April 2013






The Bulls have played the Waratahs 16 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Bulls have won just over half of the matches.

From the 16 Super Rugby matches between the teams the Bulls have won and lost seven. What that stat does not tell you though is that the Bulls have won the last seven matches between the teams.

The Waratahs last beat the Bulls 23-13 eight years ago in the 2005 Super 12 semi-final in Sydney. That means the Bulls went through the whole of the Super14 without losing to the Waratahs.

On average when the Bulls play the Waratahs across all venues the average score is Bulls 23 Waratahs 28.

This weekend the match will be played in Pretoria where he two teams have met eight times. The Bulls have won six of those matches and the Waratahs two.

On average the score when the Bulls play the Waratahs in Pretoria is Bulls 27 Waratahs 27 but the Waratahs last win in Pretoria was a 51-19 victory in 2002.

The Bulls have made four changes to the team that beat the Southern Kings last weekend and this week's team is arguably a stronger one that last week.

The Waratahs who beat the Chiefs last weekend have made one change as Tom Kingston comes in for Drew Mitchell.

The Waratahs have a history of taking the game to the Bulls early on but as they get to the 60 minute mark they begin to fade due to the altitude.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think the Bulls are playing with confidence again and they are particularly hard to beat at home. Ask any of the current Waratahs. The Bulls should win by 8.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1 on the red button.

Average score: Bulls 23 Waratahs 28

Last five results
11 May 2012 Bulls v Waratahs 27-24 Sydney
03 Jun 2011 Bulls v Waratahs 23-17 Pretoria
27 Feb 2010 Bulls v Waratahs 48-38 Pretoria
11 Apr 2009 Bulls v Waratahs 20-6 Sydney
03 May 2008 Bulls v Waratahs 16-13 Pretoria

Bulls overall record against the Waratahs
Played 16 ,Wins 9, Losses 7, Draws 0

Match No.66.: Bulls v Waratahs
Date : Saturday 27 April
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Francisco Pastrana
Assistant Ref 1:Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2:Ben Crouse
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee

Teams

Bulls

Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Pierre Spies (c), Arno Botha, Dewald Potgieter , Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Hencus van Wyk , Wilhelm Steenkamp, Jacques Potgieter , Francois Hougaard , Louis Fouche, Lionel Mapoe.

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c) 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Tom Kingston , 12. Rob Horne , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements 16. John Ulugia , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Mitchell Chapman , 19. Pat McCutcheon , 20. Matt Lucas , 21. Ben Volavola , 22. Peter Betham

 
 
 
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