RECAP: Lions v Bulls
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the Rainbow Cup South Africa Round Four match between the Lions and Bulls at Ellis Park.
The Bulls beat the Lions 22-9 at Loftus Versfeld earlier in the Rainbow Cup and have won 16 of the teams’ 22 previous meetings.
Having lost at home to the Stormers in agonising fashion last time out, the Lions are bidding to avoid losing back-to-back matches at Ellis Airline Park for the first time since 2015.
The Bulls, who will be putting their 100 percent winning record on the line, have won the last six matches they have played against the Lions – since losing 12-38 at Ellis Park in Super Rugby in July 2018.
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Lions: 15 EW Viljoen, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 André Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Pieter Botha, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Emmanuel Tshituka, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Manuel Rass.
Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 James Verity-Amm, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Stravino Jacobs.
Additional players: 24 Jacques van Rooyen, 25 Jan Uys, 26 Muller Uys, 27 Morne Steyn, 28 Keagan Johannes.
Referee: AJ Jacobs (SARU, 2nd competition game)
Assistant referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Morne Ferreira (both SARU)
TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)