Bulls v Brumbies Super Rugby Semi-final Preview

The Bulls will be aiming to beat the Brumbies and reach their four Super Rugby
final and potentially also host the final in Pretoria.

By the time the Bulls and Brumbies Semi-final clash kicks off they will know
the result from the Chiefs vs Crusaders match and if the Crusaders beat the
Chiefs and the Bulls win they will host the final.

If by the time the match starts the Bulls know that they could be playing again
at home next weekend it could give them an extra incentive to end the Brumbies
campaign.

The Bulls will however have to get up to match speed quickly as they had a
bye last weekend while the Brumbies had an almost perfect match in preparation
terms.

The Brumbies beat the Cheetahs 15-13 in Canberra and had a big scare at the
end of the match which should give them a big wake up call for this week.

The match against the Cheetahs will also have prepared the Brumbies for the
South African style of play.

The Bulls have played the Brumbies 15 times in Super Rugby since March 1998
and they have won six times and lost 9 times.

That gives the Bulls a record of winning just 40% of their matches against
the Brumbies. The average score when the Bulls play the Brumbies across all
venues is Bulls 27 Brumbies 31.

This weekend the match will be played in Pretoria which is home for the Bulls.
It is also the place where the Bulls have yet to lose a match this year.

The Bulls have had home advantage over the Brumbies 8 times and they have won
five times and lost three times.

That gives the Bulls a record of winning 63% of their matches against the Brumbies
at Loftus in Pretoria.

The average score when the Bulls play the Brumbies in Pretoria is Bulls 31
Brumbies 26.

The Bulls lost their last match but before their loss to the Stormers they
had won nine matches in a row – all on South African soil. The Bulls might have
won three titles but they still showed this year that they are not good travelers
outside of South Africa.

The Bulls fielded a team that was not at full strength against Stormers and
this week they have brought back some of their brightest stars in Jan Serfontein
and Francois Hougaard.

The Brumbies named an unchanged team that beat the Cheetahs so they will have
the benefit of continuity but this will be outweighed by the disadvantage that
they have had to travel for this weekend’s match.

The Brumbies have done well against South African opposition this season as
they’ve won three of their five matches against teams from the Republic (including
a close 23-20 win over the Bulls in Canberra), lost one and drew one. Although
their record in South Africa is not that good – with an overall winning percentage
of only 36.8%.

Playing in South Africa over the years, the Brumbies have won 14 out of their
38 matches (one was drawn), but in their last six encounters on this side of
the Indian Ocean, they’ve only won twice.

In seven visits to Pretoria (and once in Brakpan), the Brumbies have won 37%
of their matches against the Bulls franchise.

The Brumbies have lost their last three matches against the Bulls at Loftus
Versfeld and their last win in Pretoria was

In 2013 the Brumbies have played eight matches away from home and won four.
They have played two South African teams in South Africa and won one and lost
one. The average score across those two matches is SA Teams at home 23 Brumbies
26.

The Brumbies best performance in South Africa this year was against the Sharks
when they blew the men from Durban away in the first half and went on to win
10-29 in Durban.

The Brumbies will need a similar performance to that one in Durban but they
will need to play for the whole eighty minutes as they let t

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