Bulls v Brumbies
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 2 2010 - Bulls 50 bt Brumbies 32 at Loftus Versfeld
Head-to-head: Played 15 Bulls 6 Brumbies 9
In Pretoria: Played 7 Bulls 4 Brumbies 3
Referee: Marius Jonker (RSA)
TV: Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet: Bulls $1.10 Brumbies $6.25
Greg Growden writes: Now we will really discover if the Brumbies are the real thing. If this young, inexperienced group can perform at altitude against an outstanding opposition in a hostile atmosphere, they could be destined for greatness. If they collapse, it could be a long year.
AAP writes: The Brumbies were at their best against the hapless Rebels but the Bulls present a much larger challenge in every sense of the word. Brumbies coach Jake White can expect a frosty reception in his first game back in his home country but boos from the fans will be the least of his worries. The Bulls have won five of their past seven games and showed last week they can win even without the radar boot of Morne Steyne working. They scored five tries against the Lions while he missed five kicks. The Bulls are the joint-leaders of the South African conference and will be eager to get this result in the bag before heading off for matches in Australia and New Zealand. The Brumbies have made a habit of hanging tough this season, but this is their greatest test to date and could be season-defining.
BULLS: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (c), Jacques Potgieter, CJ Stander, Juandre Kruger, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling. Reserves: Bongi Mbonambi, Frik Kirsten, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, Johann Sadie
BRUMBIES: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Andrew Smith, Pat McCabe, Joe Tomane, Christian Lealiifano, Nic White, Fotu Auelua, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen (c), Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Dan Palmer, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander. Reserves: Anthony Hegarty, Ruaidhri Murphy, Peter Kimlin, Ita Vaea, Ian Prior, Robbie Coleman, Tevita Kuridrani.