Super Rugby: Bulls vs Brumbies - Team news, kick off and live stream
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 14: Warrick Gelant of the Vodacom Bulls gathers before scoring his try during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Gordon Arons/Gallo Images)
The Bulls are back at Loftus Versfeld for another exciting Super Rugby match against the Brumbies.
The Bulls will be looking to reprimand their spot on the South African Conference log after the Jaguares annihilated the men from Pretoria 54-24 last week in Buenos Aires.
According to the Bulls website, the Bulls are going to fight for a spot in the playoffs, even though the Brumbies hold a considerable advantage as they have only lost seven of the 19 matches played against the Bulls.
“The home team did record an emphatic 44-23 win against their foes from Down Under when they last met at Loftus Versfeld in 2014. The average score is 30-26 to the visitors with the Brumbies scoring an average of four tries to three per game.”
But it seems both teams are in the same position as the Brumbies got a “proverbial hiding” form the Lions last weekend, which means they are also facing a must-win situation in Pretoria.
Bulls team and injury news
On the home front, Bulls head coach John Mitchell has welcomed back regular captain and inside centre Burger Odendaal. His return sees Handrè Pollard shift back to flyhalf while Manie Libbok moves to the bench.
Amongst the forwards, Nic de Jager starts at blindside as Thembelani Bholi is rested on the bench.
On the topic of bench warmers, lock Ruben van Heerden takes over from the injured Hendre Stassen while there is a possible Super Rugby debut for prop Mathys Basson who replaces Frans van Wyk.
Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Odendaal, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (c), 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marco van Staden, 7 Nic de Jager, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Mox Mxoli, 18 Matthys Basson, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw
Brumbies team and injury news
The Brumbies saw two forced changes to their starting XV for their match against the Bulls.
Rob Valetini is unavailable due to injury and Rory Arnold is out after receiving a three-week ban from Sanzaar.
Lachy McCaffrey comes back into the starting XV while Blake Enever will replace Arnold in the second row.
Elsewhere, the Brumbies bench has a different look to it with a 4-3 split of backs and forwards including a return to the matchday squad for Wharenui Hawera.
Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Andrew Muirhead, 10 Christian Lealiifano (c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Nick Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andrew Smith
Saturday, 26 May at 15:05 (SAST).
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