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Aussies face physical tests in round six

Wallabies are benched by Michael Cheika as the Tahs coach seeks a physical edge over the Rebels.

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Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday 4.10am (AEDT)

Last meeting: Round 1 2014 - Sharks 31 bt Bulls 16 at Kings Park Stadium

Head-to-head: Played 21 Bulls 11 Sharks 9 drawn 1

In Pretoria: Played 10 Bulls 5 Sharks 4 drawn 1

Referee: Mike Fraser (NZL)

TV: Live, FoxSports 2

Betfair: Bulls $2.18, Sharks $1.90

Ladbrokes: Bulls $2.19, Sharks $1.68

Stephen Samuelson writes: Much has been made of the Sharks’ stellar start to the season but it has taken six rounds for them to play a game outside of Durban. The Bulls lost to 31-16 to the Sharks a month ago and have rushed back Dewald Potgieter from Japan into their starting pack.

AAP writes: Four from four - Jake White's men couldn't have asked for a better start to the season. The air of expectation is building, which shouldn't be a surprise with 11 Springboks in their starting side. The Bulls like to outmuscle teams but they will more than meet their match in the Sharks, with skipper Bismarck du Plessis leading the way. The teams have already faced off once this season, in round one, with the Sharks running out 31-16 victors thanks to a last-gasp Pat Lambie try. With Dewald Potgieter coming straight from Japan into the Bulls No.8 jumper and Sevens speedster Sampie Mastrietit on the wing, it should be even closer this time but the Sharks still look the goods.

BULLS: Jürgen Visser, Sampie Mastriet, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Dewald Potgieter, Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe (c), Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling. Reserves: Bongi Mbonambi, Marcel van der Merwe, Paul Willemse, Jono Ross, Piet van Zyl, Handré Pollard, Ulrich Beyers, Morné Mellet.

SHARKS: SP Marais, JP Pietersen, S’bura Sithole, Frans Steyn, Lwazi Mvovo, Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Stephan Lewies, Anton Bresler, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis (c), Beast Mtawarira. Reserves: Kyle Cooper, Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, Etienne Oosthuizen, Tera Mtembu, Charl McLeod, Tim Swiel, André Esterhuizen.

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