Who would have thought that this match would be a battle for fifth position?
Had anyone asked me 6 weeks ago how this match would go, I’d have called a Blue Bulls victory by 40 plus points. In light of the recent results and the law of averages I am now hard pressed to call the Blue Bulls by a margin of more than 10. Not that a margin of 10 isn’t a comfortable victory but the lions have to win something sometime, don’t they?
The Bulls have had two defeats on the trot and will be looking to stampede their authority all over this game.
Ref: Marius Jonker
ARs: François Groenewald, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Dennis Immelman
Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Trevor Hall, 6 Derek Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe (captain), 4 George Earle, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Carlos Spencer, 22 Marius Delport.
Blue Bulls: 15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 John Mametsa, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuün, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Jaco Engels.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Fudge Mabeta, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Hayden Groepes.