The Bulls travel to Nelspruit to take on an improving Pumas outfit that have close in recent week, yet haven’t been able to put two halves together and get the big scalp. Will this be the game?
Personally I don’t think so. The Bulls are strengthened by the Springbok players in Wynand Olivier, Zane Kirchner and Dewald Potgieter returning, and they should aim to shine as they are fighting to get back in the Green and Gold.
Look out for Olivier and Gerhard van den Heever on the Bulls side to run at the Pumas defence, and Elgar Watts for the Pumas, as he continues to score points for the grey outfit.
This game is televised on SuperSport 7 with kick off being at 19h00 local time.
2006: Blue Bulls won 48-17, Witbank
2006: Blue Bulls won 66-3, Pretoria
2010: Blue Bulls won 38-15, Pretoria
Pumas: 15 Nicky Kritzinger, 14 Vainon Willis, 13 Shaun Venter, 12 Tian Meyer, 11 Allistair Kettledas, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 6 Corné Steenkamp, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Andries Kruger, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Hannes Franklin (captain), 1 Ronnie Uys.
Replacements: 16 Dee-Jay Terblanche, 17 Dawie Steyn, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 Eduan van der Walt, 20 Ricardo Croy, 21 Ashwin Scott, 22 Jaco Bouwer.
Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Hayden Groepes, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Dustin Jinka, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 CJ Stander, 6 Derick Kuün (captain), 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Henry Bantjes, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Fudge Mabeta, 19 Okkie Kruger, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Jaco van der Westhuyzen.
Date: Friday, August 27
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Johann Meuwesen