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Jan Serfontein tries to break through the Kings defence

Jan Serfontein tries to break through the Kings defence

The final match of Super Rugby Rd.7 is in Port Elizabeth where the Southern Kings host the Bulls at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The Southern Kings earned their first victory of the 2016 Super Rugby season last week when they beat the Sunwolves 33-28.

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The Bulls also won last week as they beat the Cheetahs 23-18 in Pretoria. The Bulls have now played five matches and won three, drawn one and lost one.

The Southern Kings have played five as well but they have won one and lost four.

The Bulls have played the Southern Kings twice before in Super Rugby as the Kings were in Super Rugby in 2013. The Bulls won the first match 48-18 and the second 0-34.

The average score when the Kings play the Bulls is therefore: Southern Kings 9 Bulls 41.

For this match the Bulls have started former Southern Kings back SP Marais at fullback in what will be his second match for the Bulls. Jesse Kriel returns to the midfield to partner Jan Serfontein in the midfield.

Jesse Kriel’s twin brother, Dan, moves onto the bench and could make his Super Rugby debut should he take to the field.

Rudy Paige is also out injured and Piet van Zyl will start at nine for the first time this year, with Ivan van Zyl remaining on the bench as back-up scrumhalf.

In changes to the pack, Arno Botha returns to the no8 position, replacing Nic de Jager, while Lappies Labuschagne is back in the starting pack. He replaces Roelof Smit, who moves to the bench.

In another change, Trevor Nyakane will start, with Lizo Gqoboka dropping out.

The Bookies have given the Southern Kings a 15 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Bulls are an improving team and they should win this by 14.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2 on the Red Button.

Average score: Southern Kings 9 Bulls 41

Last two results
29 Jun 2013 Kings v Bulls 18-48 Pretoria
20 Apr 2013 Kings v Bulls 0-34 Port Elizabeth

Kings overall record against the Bulls
Played 2 , Wins 0, Losses 2 , Draws 0

Match No.55:Kings v Bulls
Date : Saturday 9 April 2016
Venue : Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick Off local: 19:15 local
Referee: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 1:Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO :Christie du Preez


Southern Kings

15. Jurgen Visser , 14. Luzuko Vulindlu , 13. Lukhanyo Am , 12. Stefan Watermeyer , 11. Malcolm Jaer , 10. Louis Fouche , 09. James Hall , 08. Aidon Davis , 07. Stefan Willemse , 06. Chris Cloete , 05. JC Astle , 04. Steven Sykes (c) , 03. Tom Botha , 02. Edgar Marutlulle , 01. Sti Sithole

Replacements : 16. Martin Ferreira , 17. Schalk Ferreira , 18. Justin Ackerman , 19. Schalk Oelofse , 20. CJ Velleman , 21. Ntando Kebe , 22. Leighton Eksteen / JP du Plessis , Jaco van Tonder


SP Marais, Travis Ismaiel , Jesse Kriel, Jan Serfontein , Jamba Ulengo, Tian Schoeman , Piet van Zyl, Arno Botha, Jannes Kirsten, Lappies Labuschagne, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss (c), Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: Bandise Maku, Pierre Schoeman, Werner Kruger, Marvin Orie, Roelof Smit, Ivan van Zyl, Francois Brummer, Dan Kriel

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