The Waratahs start their tour of SA with a meeting against defending champions the Bulls.
While that may sound like a daunting task, the Bulls performance of late seems to indicate it will not be that daunting. I believe however that the Bulls may come to the party this weekend and surprise us all.
Will the Tahs remain in 2nd spot after the dust settles this week?
Or will the Bulls do the Stormers and Sharks a great favour?
Kick-off in Pretoria at 15:00 SA time.
Ref: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
TJs: Brent Murray (New Zealand), Pro Legoete (South Africa)
TMO: Michael Cupido (South Africa)
Starting XV: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana (vice-captain), 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wikus van Heerden (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gürthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Derick Hougaard, 22 Pedrie Wannenburg.
Starting XV: 15 Sam Norton-Knight, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh (captain), 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Dan Vickerman,
4 Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Will Caldwell, 19 David Lyons, 20 Sekope Kepu, 21 Matt Carraro, 22 Brett Sheehan.