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Bulls v Brumbies Super Rugby Semi-final Preview


Etienne Oosthuizen of the Brumbies connects with Jan Serfontein in a tackle

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Article Published: Thursday 25 July 2013


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 the Sharks back into the match in the second half and it is usually on the 60 minute mark that the Bulls pull away from their opposition.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Bulls rarely lose at home and we think they will have an added incentive to win this week. The Bulls should win by 7.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4 HD.

Average score: Bulls 27 Brumbies 31

Last five results
30 Mar 2013 Bulls v Brumbies 20-23 Canberra
21 Apr 2012 Bulls v Brumbies 36-34 Pretoria
20 Feb 2010 Bulls v Brumbies 50-32 Pretoria
17 Apr 2009 Bulls v Brumbies 31-32 Canberra
09 May 2008 Bulls v Brumbies 28-17 Pretoria

Bulls overall record against the Brumbies
Played 15 ,
Wins, 6, Losses, 9 ,Draws 0

Super Rugby Semi-Final (Match C)
Match No.124/125: Bulls v Brumbies
Date : Saturday 27 July, 2013
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa
Kick Off local: (1705 local, 0305 NZ, 0105 NSW/ACT, 1505 GMT)
*Date will be Sunday 28 July in Australian Central Eastern/Central and NZ time zones.
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Jonker
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Bulls

Zane Kirchner , Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein , Bjorn Basson , Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Dewald Potgieter (c), Jacques Potgieter, Deon Stegmann , Grant Hattingh, Flip van der Merwe , Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Frik Kirsten, Morne Mellett, Paul Willemse, Jono Ross , Jano Vermaak, Jurgen Visser.

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Scott Fardy , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Peter Kimlin , 7. George Smith , 8. Ben Mowen (c) , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Clyde Rathbone , 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements: 16. Siliva Siliva , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. Fotu Auelua , 19. Colby Faingaa , 20. Ian Prior , 21. Andrew Smith , 22. Joe Tomane

 
 
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