This one really shouldn’t be so hard to call at all.
The Bulls have been simply unstoppable this year and the Force quite the opposite.
Then again, it was the Perth team who came close to upsetting their more-fancied Sydney rivals last week, while the Bulls themselves were the ones under pressure at home to the Hurricanes. On paper, there can only be one winner but based on last week’s evidence, perhaps this one might be a little closer than we would think?
Then again, nah… Bulls to walk it!
Ref: Nathan Pearce (Australia)
ARs: Steve Walsh (Australia), Damian Mitchelmore (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
Venue: ME Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 13h10 SA Time, 11h10 GMT
Western Force: 15 Mark Bartholomeusz, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 James O’Connor, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 David Hill, 9 Chris O’Young, 8 Richard Stanford, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Ben McCalman, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Tom Hockings, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Ben Whittaker, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Pek Cowan, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Luke Jones, 19 Ted Postal, 20 Mark Swanepoel, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Mitch Inman.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Derick Kuün, 20 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 21 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 22 Pedrie Wannenburg.