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Tahs' road to ruin ends with Reds

A big win for the Reds against a slackening Tahs side could be their ticket to the finals.

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Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 8 2012 - Bulls 32 bt Lions 18 at Ellis Park
Head-to-head: Played 18 Bulls 15 Lions 5 drawn 1
In Pretoria: Played 9 Bulls 6 Lions 3
Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet:
Bulls $1.05 Lions $8.50

Greg Growden writes: The Bulls should make the final, because the Lions are huff and puff merchants. Then again the Lions do look better after deciding to keep their coach John Mitchell at a distance. Crisis? What crisis?

AAP writes: Like the Sharks, the Bulls can assure themselves of a finals berth with a bonus-point victory at home. They were very disappointing in the 32-10 loss to the Sharks last weekend to be at risk of slipping out of the top six. The Lions traditionally take up the fight to their high-veldt rivals and have built confidence with wins over the Rebels and Sharks. It could also be their last match in the competition with the Southern Kings tipped to debut in their place next year. The Bulls have made just one change with lock Wilhelm Steenkamp replacing the injured Flip van der Merwe.

BULLS: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morné Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (c), Jacques Potgieter, Dewald Potgieter, Juandre Kruger, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling. Reserves: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Deon Stegmann, CJ Stander, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouché, Francois Venter.

LIONS: James Kamana, Lionel Mapoe, Waylon Murray, Butch James, Anthonie Volminck, Elton Jantjies,  Michael Bondesio, Joshua Strauss (c), Grant Hattingh, Derick Minnie, Ruan Botha, Hendrik Roodt, Jacobie Adriaanse, Callie Visagie, JC Janse van Rensburg. Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Ruan Dreyer, Etienne Oosthuizen, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronje, JR Esterhuizen, Ruan Combrinck.

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Expert tips

Fairfax's panel of experts's tips for round 18.

Brumbies v Blues

Canberra Stadium, Saturday 3.30pm (AEST)

Hurricanes v Chiefs

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)

Crusaders v Force

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)

Reds v Waratahs

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Stormers v Rebels

Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Saturday 11pm (AEST)

Sharks v Cheetahs

Mr Price Kings Park, Durban, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

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