The Vodacom Bulls will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the South African Conference when they host the Hurricanes in Pretoria this weekend.
Last week was a bit of a mixed bag for the Bulls. They beat the Waratahs by 11 points and would have been happy with the win but the performance was a bit shakier than management would have liked and the four try bonus point never really looked in reach. They remain unbeaten at Loftus though, with all four victories being by 11 points or less, but concerning perhaps is that both the Waratahs and the Stormers managed to score more tries than the home team. Good news for the Bulls is that a number of injured players return and are available for selection this weekend.
The Hurricanes played most of the rugby against the Stormers, but it was the visitors that played the conditions and strong winds better to edge the match. This will be the 4th away match of their campaign having been well beaten by the Blues and narrowly by the Reds, with a narrow win over the Highlanders their only success. Surprisingly perhaps for a team known for attacking rugby the Hurricanes have been held tryless in both away defeats.
Head to Head Stats
The Hurricanes have not played in Pretoria since 2010 when the Bulls won a nail biter 19-18. Overall the Hurricanes record in Pretoria is good with four wins and three defeats, and generally speaking matches between the sides have been entertaining with an average of seven tries per match.
Despite not really firing this season the Hurricanes have the attacking weapons in the backline to put the Bulls under pressure, and if anything they will thrive on the good playing surface we can expect at this time of the year. I think we will see some tries in this one and I expect both teams to contribute towards an entertaining match.
The Bulls have not really clicked this season although they have been impressive in patches but they have showed that they are championship contenders and are going to be very hard to beat at home. The lead may well change a couple of times but the Bulls are expected to get on top as the game progresses and stretch clear in the 2nd half to win by 12 points or more. 10 points as a matter of interest is the start the bookmakers are giving the Hurricanes in this game and if I were a betting man I would certainly have a flutter on the home team to beat the handicap.
The Bulls to win a high scoring encounter by 12 points or more while securing a bonus point is the prediction for this weekend.
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