Bulls v Force Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Pretoria based Bulls and the Perth based Western Force the Bulls have won three.

Overall the Bulls have played the Force 8 times since the Western Australian team joined Super Rugby in 2006.

In those eight Super Rugby matches the Bulls have won four and lost four against the Force which gives them a 50/50 record.

The average score when the Bulls play the Western Force regardless of venue is : Bulls 25 Western Force 22

This weekend the match will be played in Pretoria at Loftus Versfeld where the teams have met three times before. The Bulls have won two of those three matches and lost one.

That gives the Bulls a record of winning 67% of their home matches against the Force with an average score of : Bulls 32 Western Force 28.

The most recent two matches in Pretoria have both been won by the Bulls as the Force have not won at Loftus since 2007.

In the last three matches between these teams the home team has finished as the winners of the contest.

The Force have yet to find their game this year and after five matches they have only won one match. To try and change things they have made a number of changes including starting Sias Ebersohn at 10.

Alongside Ebersohn is a new midfield pairing of Luke Burton (inside centre) and Kyle Godwin (outside centre) and flanker Kane Koteka will make his starting debut.

After a bad start the Bulls have now started winning and they have played four and won two. They have started rotating their squad so Victor Matfield as one of three changes.

Marcel van der Merwe, Dean Greyling and Grant Hattingh come into the forward pack and coach Frans Ludeke has named an unchanged backline. The Bulls had a bye last week.

The Bookies have given the Force a 15 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The match should be fairly close initially but the Bulls will gradually pull away from the Force. The Bulls should win this by 10.

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

Average score: Bulls 25 Western Force 22

Last five results
26 Apr 2014 Bulls v Force 9-15 Perth
02 Mar 2013 Bulls v Force 36-26 Pretoria
23 Apr 2011 Bulls v Force 21-26 Perth
27 Mar 2010 Bulls v Force 28-15 Perth
02 May 2009 Bulls v Force 32-29 Pretoria

Bulls overall record against the Force
Played 8 , Wins 4, Losses 4 , Draws 0

Match No.37:Bulls v Force
Date : Saturday 21 March 2015
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17:05 local, 02:05* AEDT, 04:05* NZDT
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 2:Pro Legoete
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Bulls

Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies (c), Lappies Labuschagne, Deon Stegmann, Grant Hattingh, Jacques du Plessis, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss , Dean Greyling

Replacements: Jaco Visagie , Morne Mellett , Trevor Nyakane , Victor Matfield, Arno Botha , Piet van Zyl , Tian Schoeman, Jurgen Visser

Western Force

1. Pekahou Cowan , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Sam Wykes (c) , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Steve Mafi , 7. Kane Koteka , 8. Ben McCalman , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Sias Ebersohn , 11. Nick Cummins , 12. Luke Burton , 13. Kyle Godwin , 14. Marcel Brache , 15. Luke Morahan

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann , 17. Chris Heiberg , 18. Oliver Hoskins/Guy Millar , 19. Wilhelm Steenkamp , 20. Angus Cottrell , 21. Ian Prior , 22. Zack Holmes , 23. Solomoni Jnr Rasolea

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