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Waratahs v Bulls Rd.12 Super Rugby Preview




Super Rugby moves to Australia in the second match on Saturday as the Waratahs host the Bulls at Allianz Stadium.

The Waratahs go into the match having won their last three matches and could have been on top of the Australian Conference had they been allowed an extra time try last week.

The Waratahs made a slow start to the Super Rugby season this year but they now appear to have put their problems behind them.

The Bulls lost their opening match this season but then went on to win five matches in a row before being beaten last week by the Brumbies in Canberra.

The Waratahs have played the Bulls 18 times in Super Rugby and they have won 8 matches and lost ten. This gives the Waratahs a record of winning 44% of their matches against the Bulls.

The teams played each other 9 times in Sydney and the Waratahs have won 6 matches and lost three. The average score when the Waratahs play the Bulls on Australian soil is Waratahs 28 Bulls 18.

Interestingly out of the last nine matches between these two sides the Waratahs have won one match. The Bulls went from 2006 to 2013 without losing to the Waratahs and that included wins in 2007, 2009 and 2012 for the Bulls in Sydney.

In terms of selection the Bulls have named Jamba Ulengo in their starting line up as replacement for the injured Travis Ismaiel even though he only rejoined the squad earlier this week. In other changes Jason Jenkins is in the starting team alongside regular lock partner RG Snyman and he replaces Marvin Orie, who moves to the bench.

Jannes Kirsten is also back at flank in place of Arno Botha, who drops out of the match day squad. Rudy Paige and Tian Schoeman will start, with Piet van Zyl and Francois Brummer moving to the bench.

In a similar move, Lizo Gqoboka will start at loosehead and Trevor Nyakane will come off the bench. Jaco Visagie and Pierre Schoeman come in to replace Bandise Maku and Werner Kruger on the bench. Dries Swanepoel also replaces Dan Kriel as back-up backline player.

The Waratahs are hoping that the combinations that worked last week will do the same this week as they have retained the team that beat the Cheetahs.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 7 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. It is well known that the Bulls don’t travel well. The Waratahs should win this by 3.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Waratahs 27 Bulls 23

Last five results
19 Apr 2014 Waratahs v Bulls 19-12 Sydney
27 Apr 2013 Waratahs v Bulls 19-30 Pretoria
11 May 2012 Waratahs v Bulls 24-27 Sydney
03 Jun 2011 Waratahs v Bulls 17-23 Pretoria
27 Feb 2010 Waratahs v Bulls 38-48 Pretoria

Waratahs overall record against the Bulls
Played 18, Wins 8 , Losses 10 , Draws 0

Match No.89:Waratahs v Bulls
Date : Saturday 14 May 2016
Venue : Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : George Ayoub



1. Paddy Ryan ,2. Tatafu Polota-Nau,3. Tom Robertson ,4. David Dennis ,5. Will Skelton,6. Dean Mumm ,7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Wycliff Palu ,9. Nick Phipps ,10. Bernard Foley ,11. Rob Horne ,12. Kurtley Beale ,13. Israel Folau,14. Reece Robinson ,15. Andrew Kellaway ,

Replacements:16. Hugh Roach ,17. Jeremy Tilse,18. Angus Ta’avao ,19. Sam Lousi,20. Ned Hanigan / Jack Dempsey 21. Matt Lucas,22. David Horwitz ,23. Matt Carraro,


SP Marais, Jamba Ulengo, Jesse Kriel, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Tian Schoeman, Rudy Paige, Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Lappies Labuschagne, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss (c), Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman, Marvin Orie, Roelof Smit, Piet van Zyl, Francois Brummer, Dries Swanepoel.


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