RECAP: Bulls v Lions
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the Rainbow Cup match between the Bulls and Lions in Pretoria.
The Bulls were on a five-game winning streak in all competitions, until they suffered defeat to the Sharks in their most recent outing.
However, they come into their clash with the Lions with a formidable home record, having won their last 11 matches at Loftus Versfeld since Jaguares won there in Super Rugby in February 2020.
The Bulls have also won their last five matches against the Lions, whose only win in their previous four away games was over Eastern Province at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on March 10.
The Lions’ most recent victory at Loftus Versfeld was a 49-35 win in March 2018.
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Bulls: 15 James Verity-Amm, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.
Replacements – from: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Walt Steenkamp, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 David Kriel. 24 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 25 Reinhardt Ludwig, 26 Tim Agaba, 27 Diego Appollis.
Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel (captain), 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 André Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Pieter Botha, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Morné Brandon, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Emmanuel Tshituka, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Morné van den Berg, 23 EW Viljoen.
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Griffon Colby, Paul Mente
TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen