If you thought the Bulls’ game was tuff to call last week, then this game is going to require all sorts of calculus and a maybe few algorithms as well.
Who cares how tuff this game is to call? There is just NO BETTER WAY to start off a weekends rugby than with the entertainment that this game potentially has to offer.
The Bulls dropped off the top of the table for the 1st time last weekend and they will certainly want to reclaim that top spot from the Waratahs. Some interesting comments have come out of the Bulls camp this week. “We enjoy touring” and “Play a little smarter and finish better” have come out of the Bulls camp this week. (That second comment is a piece of bait waiting to be snapped at but I will resist the temptation)
The Chiefs will be smarting after the massive defeat at the hands of the Bulls in Pretoria in last years final and will be out to avenge that defeat. The loss of captain Mills Muliaina will not help their cause much though.
No prediction on this match. All I will say is don’t turn away from the TV because you are bound to miss some action.
Ref: Jonathan Kaplan
ARs: Kane McBride, Shane McDermott
TMO: Ben Skeen
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 09:35 SA Time, 07:35 GMT
Chiefs: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Dwayne Sweeney, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Sione Lauaki, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Replacements: 16 Vern Kamo, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Jarrad Hoeata, 19 Colin Bourke 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Callum Bruce, 22 Jackson Willison.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 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 (captain), 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 Pedrie Wannenburg, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Jaco van der Westhuyzen.