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The Sunwolves return to Singapore when they host South Africa’s Bulls in the third match on Saturday in Super Rugby.

Whoever worked out the Sunwolves fixture list was no fan of the new Japanese side as they were in Singapore two weeks ago and had to fly to Tokyo for their match last week.

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The Sunwolves have now played three Super Rugby matches and are still winless and last week was their largest loss as they were beaten 9-35 by the Rebels.

The Bulls will also be looking for a better result as they drew last week with the Sharks at home which takes their record to played 3 won 1, lost 1 and drawn one.

For this match the Bulls have named team first starts to Tian Schoeman, Jason Jenkins and Lizo Gqoboka who all came off the bench against the Sharks.

There is a return to the starting line up for Jesse Kriel and his return along with Schoeman, Jenkins and Gqoboka starting means that Jan Serfontein, Francois Brummer,Trevor Nyakane are all benched.

Jason Jenkins comes in for Grant Hattingh who is injured and did not travel to the East. Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg will be the back-up lock for this clash.

Head coach Nollis Marais has also named Pierre Schoeman (in for Hencus van Wyk) on the bench. Bandise Maku will make his first appearance this year if he takes to the field, while Schoeman will make his Super Rugby debut if he comes onto the field.

The Sunwolves meanwhile have made five changes for this match The Sunwolves star winger against the Cheetahs two weeks ago Akihito Yamada moves sides on the wing takes over from Mifiposeti Paea who is named on the bench.

Former Tasman winger Viliami Lolohea comes in at 14 replacing Yamada. At No.9 Kaito Shigeno comes off the bench into the starting line up replacing Atsushi Hiwasa who drops out of the 23.

Tomas Leonardi comes in for Ed Quirk who is rotated to the bench as straight swaps.

Timothy Bond has been suspended so Hitoshi Ono changes sides in the second row and in comes Liaki Moli.

As these sides have never faced each other before there is no history or stats available. The Bulls will have watched the Sunwolves match against the Cheetahs two weeks ago and have noted how the Cheetahs came back in the second half and controlled the match. The Sunwolves will also have noted that match and will aim to reproduce the game they showed in the first half and to keep the Bulls big men moving.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 16 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Home advantage doesn’t really count in this match as its the Sunwolves second match in Singapore so the Bulls experience should see them home comfortably. The Bulls should win this by 12.

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

Average score: N/A

No past results

Match No.37:Sunwolves v Bulls
Date : Saturday 26 March 2016
Venue : Singapore National Stadium, Singapore
Kick Off local: 18:55 local
Referee: William Houston
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2:Aki Aso
TMO : Takashi Hareda



15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13.Harumichi Tatekawa , 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kaito Shigeno,, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Yoshiya Hosoda, 5 Liaki Moli, 4 Hitoshi Ono , 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (c), 1 Keith Inagaki.

Replacements : 16.Futoshi Mori,17. Masataka Mikami,18.Shinosuke Kakinaga , 19.Shinya Makabe, 20.Ed Quirk, 21, Yuki Yatomi, 22 Mifiposeti Paea , 23. Yasutaka Sasakura


Warrick Gelant , Jamba Ulengo , Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal , Bjorn Basson, Tian Schoeman, Rudy Paige , Arno Botha, Jannes Kirsten, Roelof Smit, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Marcel van der Merwe , Adriaan Strauss, Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: Bandise Maku , Trevor Nyakane , Pierre Schoeman, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Nic de Jager, Piet van Zyl, Francois Brummer, Jan Serfontein.


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