Oh man, how do you call this one?
The realist in me says that the Bulls cannot possibly win every game on tour and that the Blues (or the Chiefs to follow) really have to beat them. Then again, on current form, it takes a brave man to bet against this Bulls side and they seem to have that killer instinct that really sets champion teams apart – they know how to win, even when they’re not playing well.
The Blues have blown hot and cold this year, pretty much as always. They do have the goods, though, to expose a Bulls defence that has been far from impressive so far this season. Then again, these days, it’s not really about how many tries you score against the Bulls, but rather about how many they score against you and the Blues may well find themselves in line for a hammering should the Bulls really click on attack.
Ref: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
ARs: Jonathon White (New Zealand), Matthew Stanish (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 06h30 SA Time, 05h30 BST
Blues: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Charlie Faumuina.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Paul Williams.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 François 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.