RECAP: Lions v Bulls
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship Round 11 match between the Lions and Bulls at Ellis Park.
The Lions will be seeking a first URC home win of the season.
Both of the Lions’ previous URC victories were on the road – against Zebre in Parma and Stormers in Cape Town.
It is three months since the Bulls’ solitary URC win of the campaign, an impressive 29-19 toppling of Cardiff away from home, and their recent Currie Cup road form has been strong, with victories over the Pumas and Western Province.
The Bulls have only been beaten once by the Lions in their last nine meetings.
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Lions: 15 EW Viljoen, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Willem Alberts, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Pieter Botha, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Morne Brandon, 17 Morgan Naude, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Venter, 20 Ruhan Straeuli, 21 Sibusiso Sangweni, 22 Morne van den Berg, 23 Tiaan Swanepoel.
Bulls: 15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Embrose Papier; 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Jacques van Rooyen, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Simphiwe Matanzima.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Robert Hunt, 19 Janko Swanepoel , 20 Muller Uys; 21 Zak Burger, 22 Chris Smith , 23 David Kriel.
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa) & Griffin Colby (South Africa)
TMO: AJ Jacobs (South Africa)