The Reds have had the longest trip of all the teams for the opening round of the 2009 Super 14.
The Bulls have a reputation, justly or unjustly, of liking to grind out their wins. The Reds on the other hand like a disjointed open game and thrive off scrappy unstructured ball.
I believe tonight’s winner will be determined by which team manages to force their style of play on the game.
Last year saw a 121 point turnaround from the 2007 result between these two teams. Can we expect something similar this year? Or will the Reds manage to disrupt the Bulls game plan and make it back to back victories against the Bulls.
2008: Reds won 40-8, Brisbane
2007: Bulls won 92-3, Pretoria
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.10 Local time
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
ARs: Willie Roos (South Africa), Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
TMO: Michael Cupido (South Africa)
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez (vice-captain), 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Burton Francis, 22 JP Nel.
15 Peter Hynes, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Charlie Fetoai, 12 Berrick Barnes (captain), 11 Brando Va’aulu, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Adam Byrnes, 4 Van Humphries, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Sean Hardman, 1 Greg Holmes.
16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Robert Simmons, 19 Poutasi Luafutu, 20 Will Genia, 21 Anthony Faingaa, 22 Mark McLinden.