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Morne Steyn kicks the ball in the last Bulls vs Hurricanes match

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Article Published: Thursday 2 May 2013|

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The Bulls have won their last three Super Rugby matches against the Hurricanes.

Interestingly the three before the most recent three matches were won by the Hurricanes - and the three before that by the Bulls. Since 2003 the teams have taken it in turns to win three matches in a row and then reversing the run.

The Bulls missed out on playing the Hurricanes last year due to the Super Rugby draw so the last time they played was in April 2011.

Overall the Bulls have played the Hurricanes 14 times since 1998 and the Bulls have won 7 with no draws.

That means the Bulls have won exactly 50% of their matches against the Hurricanes. The Average score across all venues is Bulls 25 Hurricanes 27.

This weekend's match will be played in Pretoria where the teams have played each other 7 times. Surprisingly the Bulls have won three of those 7 matches and the Hurricanes have won four times.

The Bulls have therefore won just 43% of their matches at home against the Hurricanes. The average score in Pretoria is Bulls 27 Hurricanes 31.

Last week the Hurricanes lost to the Stormers at home in Wellington and that loss ended a four match winning streak for the Canes at home. Their last four matches at home and away have been 2 wins and 2 losses so they have been really inconsistent.

The Bulls won their first three matches this season but then went on tour and lost three in a row. In their most recent three matches the Bulls are unbeaten but they have not lost at home this year.

Their last home loss was six matches ago in June 2012 against the Stormers. The Bulls lead the South African Conference while the Hurricanes are bubbling under the wild card qualifiers in ninth place.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 10 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Bulls have been consistently hard to beat at home while the Hurricanes lately have been a bit inconsistent. The Bulls should win by 7.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA in the UK on Sky Sports 1 on the Red Button.

Average score: Bulls 25 Hurricanes 27

Last five results
02 Apr 2011 Bulls v Hurricanes 26-14 Napier
19 Mar 2010 Bulls v Hurricanes 19-18 Pretoria
20 Mar 2009 Bulls v Hurricanes 19-14 Wellington
12 Apr 2008 Bulls v Hurricanes 22-50 Pretoria
31 Mar 2007 Bulls v Hurricanes 9-17 Wellington

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

Match No.: 74.Bulls v Hurricanes
Date : Saturday 4 May
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Attie Buitendag
TMO : Johan Greeff

Teams

Bulls

Jurgen Visser , Akona Ndungane , JJ Engelbrecht , Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Jano Vermaak , Pierre Spies (c), Dewald Potgieter , Deon Stegmann, Juandre Kruger , Flip van der Merwe , Werner Kruger , Chiliboy Ralepelle , Dean Greyling .

Replacements : Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Grant Hattingh, Arno Botha, Francois Hougaard, Louis Fouche, Lionel Mapoe.

Hurricanes

1. Ben Franks ,2. Ash Dixon,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Brad Shields,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tusi Pisi,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Alapati Leiua ,15. Andre Taylor

Replacements : 16. Reggie Goodes,17. Ben May,18. Mark Reddish,19. Faifili Levave,20. Jack Lam,21. Chris Smylie,22. Tim Bateman

 
 
 
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