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Super Rugby moves to South Africa for the final match on Friday as the Bulls host the Sharks in a rematch of the 2007 Super Rugby final.

The Bulls had a bye last week but in their last outing they beat the Rebels in Round two after losing to the Stormers in Round 1.

The Sharks are one of two unbeaten teams in Super Rugby and so far they have beaten the Kings, Jaguares and the Stormers.

For this match the Bulls have handed a Super Rugby debut to Jamba Ulengo who is a former Sevens player and comes into the team to replace Trevor Ismael.

In the forwards Bulls coach Nollis Marais has switched Roelof Smit and Nic de Jager around, with Smit starting at open side and De Jager moving to the bench.

Jesse Kriel has been named on the bench after missing the match against the Rebels two weeks ago due to a head clash in training and replaces Dries Swanepoel.

The Sharks have named a team with five changes to the side that beat the Stormers. Lwazi Mvovo returns from injury and moves into the left wing position, meaning a switch over to the right for fellow Bok JP Pietersen.

Michael Claassens replaces Cobus Reinach at scrumhalf.

Philip van der Walt replaces Jean­Luc du Preez in the No 7 jersey, with the latter ruled out for a week with a foot injury, Kyle Cooper starts at hooker in place of Franco Marais and Lourens Adriaanse comes in at tighthead prop, with Coenie Oosthuizen starting off the bench.

On the bench, loose forward Keegan Daniel is in line to play his first Super Rugby match since 2014. S’bura Sithole is the only man besides Du Preez to drop completely out of the match 23 for this game.

The Bulls have played the Sharks 24 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and they have won 14 matches and drawn one. This gives them a record of winning 58% of their matches against the Sharks.

In Pretoria the Bulls have played the Sharks 12 times and won 7 times. This gives them the same winning percentage at 58 which indicates that home advantage does not mean as much to these teams as it does for others. The average score when the Bulls play the Sharks in Pretoria is Bulls 21 Sharks 21.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Bulls are still a young side so the Sharks should win this by 4 points.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Bulls 19 Sharks 22

Last five results
18 Apr 2015 Bulls v Sharks 17-10 Durban
28 Feb 2015 Bulls v Sharks 43-35 Pretoria
22 Mar 2014 Bulls v Sharks 23-19 Pretoria
15 Feb 2014 Bulls v Sharks 16-31 Durban
06 Jul 2013 Bulls v Sharks 20-19 Pretoria

Bulls overall record against the Sharks
Played 24 , Wins 14, Losses 9 , Draws 1

Match No.27:Bulls v Sharks
Date : Friday 18 March 2016
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 19:00 local
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Bulls

Warrick Gelant (2), Jamba Ulengo (0), Jan Serfontein (38), Burger Odendaal (12), Bjorn Basson (88), Francois Brummer (7), Rudy Paige (23), Arno Botha (35), Jannes Kirsten (2), Roelof Smit (5), Grant Hattingh (50), RG Snyman (2), Marcel van der Merwe (35), Adriaan Strauss (120, c), Trevor Nyakane (60).

Replacements: Jaco Visagie (4), Lizo Gqoboka (2), Hencus van Wyk (2), Jason Jenkins (2), Nic de Jager (2), Piet van Zyl (56), Tian Schoeman (9), Jesse Kriel (18).

Sharks

15. Willie le Roux , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Joe Pietersen , 9. Michael Claassens , 8. Daniel du Preez , 7. Philip van der Walt , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Lourens Adriaanse , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Tendai Mtawarira (C)

Replacements , 16. Franco Marais , 17. Juan Schoeman , 18. Coenie Oosthuizen , 19. Hyron Andrews , 20. Keegan Daniel , 21. Cobus Reinach , 22. Garth April , 23. Odwa Ndungane

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