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Sharks vs Bulls Super Rugby Preview

Frans Steyn is still out injured this week. The Sharks have missed his kicking boot.

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Article Published: Thursday 23 May 2013






Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Bulls and the Sharks the Bulls have won three and the Sharks two.

In the last five matches between the teams have taken alternated winners regardless of who has home advantage. The Sharks won the last match so if the trend continues the Bulls will win this week.

The Sharks have played the Bulls 18 times in Super Rugby since May 1998 and the Sharks have won 8 and drawn once. The Bulls have therefore won one more match with 9 wins.

That means that the Sharks have won 44 % of their matches against the Bulls and the average score when the teams play each other is Sharks 22 Bulls 18.

This weekend the match will be played in Durban where the teams have played each other nine times.

The Sharks have won four of those matches and the Bulls have won five matches. That gives the Sharks a record of winning 44% of their home matches against the Bulls as well.

In Durban the average score when the Sharks play the Bulls is Sharks 22 Bulls 17.

Last week the Sharks ended a five match losing streak against the Force which gives them a record of playing 12 matches this year and winning 6.

At home they have played 5 matches this year and won 3 giving them a record of winning 60% of their matches at home.

The Bulls have played five away matches this season and won two which gives them a record of winning 40% of their away matches.

In terms of recent form the Bulls have won their last five matches and the closest a team has come to them is 6 points in those matches.

The Bulls lead the South African Conference while the Sharks are languishing in third place and 10th place overall.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 1 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Sharks might have won last week but the Bulls have been winning for over a month so we are going against the Bookies on this one. The Bulls should win by 4.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA but not in the UK.

Average score: Sharks 22 Bulls 18

Last five results
06 Jul 2012 Sharks v Bulls 32-10 Durban
24 Feb 2012 Sharks v Bulls 13-18 Pretoria
18 Jun 2011 Sharks v Bulls 26-23 Pretoria
21 May 2011 Sharks v Bulls 23-32 Durban
01 May 2010 Sharks v Bulls 19-27 Pretoria

Sharks overall record against the Bulls
Played 18,Wins, 8,Losses 9 ,Draws 1

Match No.95.: Sharks v Bulls
Date : Saturday 25 May
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Marius Jonker
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Rossouw
TMO : Deon van Blommestein

Teams

Sharks

15. Riaan Viljoen , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Piet Lindeque , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Pat Lambie , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Keegan Daniel (C) , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements , 16. Monde Hadebe , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Jandre Marais , 19. Jean Deysel , 20. Lubabalo Mtembu , 21. Tian Meyer , 22. Sean Robinson

Bulls (revised)

Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (captain), Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Frik Kirsten, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Werner Kruger, Grant Hattingh, Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche/Jan Serfontein, Lionel Mapoe.

 
 
 
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