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Currie Cup Premier Division: Bulls vs Lions – Preview

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Bulls vs Lions: Round Six of the 2021 Currie Cup sees a Jukskei derby play out at Loftus Versfeld.

Bulls vs Lions: Preview

The Bulls come into this match bolstered by their performance against South Africa ‘A’ when a second half rally saw the men in blue overwhelm a team full of internationals.

At the heart of their performance was a brilliant display from former Springbok Johan Goosen on his Bulls debut.

Goosen will start his first Currie Cup match for the Bulls, as they look to secure their position in the top four and press for a home semi-final in defence of their domestic title.

The Lions are a team building for the future and have a bright prospect in their number 10 Jordan Hendrikse.

Hendrikse missed part of the Currie Cup campaign due to his involvement in the South Africa Under-20 International series, and is fast becoming a player of interest.

The Lions pack face the stiff task of securing any set phase ball against a beefy Bulls pack.

The men from Johannesburg will be hurting when they travel north after losing to Tafel Lager Griquas on Wednesday, while the Vodacom Bulls will take some form into the match after they beat the SA ‘A’ team in Cape Town last weekend.

The last time they met in the Carling Currie Cup was in the 2020 semi-finals, where the Vodacom Bulls beat their neighbours by 26-21 to progress to the final, which they won a week later in Pretoria.

Teams

Bulls 

15 David Kriel 14 Cornal Hendricks 13 Lionel Mapoe 12 Harold Vorster 11 Richard Kriel 10 Johan Goosen 9 Zak Burger 8 Elrigh Louw 7 Muller Uys 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain) 5 Ruan Nortje 4 Walt Steenkamp 3 Jacques van Rooyen 2 Johan Grobbelaar 1 Simphiwe Matanzima. Replacements: 16 Schalk Erasmus 17 Gerhard Steenekamp 18 Mornay Smith 19 Janko Swanepoel 20 Nizaam Carr 21 Keagan Johannes 22 Chris Smith 23 Sibongile Novuka.

Lions

15 Wandisile Simelane; 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan; 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Andre Warner; 8 Francke Horn (capt.), 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 FP Pelser, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Ruan Dreyer. Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Ruhan Straeuli, 21 Sibusiso Sangweni, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Stean Pienaar.

Match information, live stream, kick-off and tv times

Bulls vs Lions

Date: Sunday, 25 July

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick-off: 15:15

Referee: Paul Mente

Assistant Referees: Local appointments

Television Match Official: Marius van der Westhuizen

TV: SuperSport

Livestream: DStv Now

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