Bulls vs Sharks
The Bulls take on the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld in this derby match in the URC. Both teams had crushing victories in their last match as they beat Connacht and the Dragons. The Sharks started their campaign with five consecutive losses which was their worst ever run in any competition but claimed their first win in style as they beat the Dragons 69-14. The Bulls had a decent overseas tour with two wins and two losses but showed their prowess at home when they destroyed the high flying Connacht 53-27. There will be extra spice to the match as both teams will have their Springbok players back.
TIP: For the third season running, the Sharks look like a different team when their internationals return. The likes of Eben Etzebeth, Grant Williams and Ox Nche make a world of difference as they lift their teammates as well. The Bulls will look to dominate the Sharks up front as this is their traditional way of playing. If Curwin Bosch can link his potent backline, then the Sharks could spring a surprise. The bookies have the Bulls as favorites but I’m tipping the Sharks for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 3.75, Gbets 3.76 and Hollywoodbets 3.75
Bulls vs Sharks
- The Sharks have won two of the last three matches between the sides.
- The home team has lost the two matches between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
The Bulls beat Connacht 53-27 in their last match while the Sharks beat the Dragons 69-14 last time out.
There will be many hotly contested clashes but the highlight should be the Bulls new recruit Willie le Roux up against his opposite number Aphelele Fassi. The aerial duel between the two will be worth the price of admission alone. The visitors have a fully loaded bench aka The Bomb Squad with Ox and Grant Williams to come on in the second half. The Bulls will not be too perturbed if they trail in the last quarter as the altitude could be an issue for the men from Durban. Both teams seem evenly matched in the forwards but the Sharks have the edge in the backline. I am predicting an away win by 4 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sebastian de Klerk, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 David Kriel, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje (captain), 4 Reinhardt Ludwig, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Francois Venter, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Phepsi Buthelezi, 6 James Venter, 5 Emile van Heerden, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Sharks victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Sharks handicap:
The complete odds on the Sharks handicap:
Betway 1.85 (+7.5)
Gbets 1.86 (+7.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.88 (+7.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are excellent odds on the Sharks upset win but if you looking for a safety bet then backing the away team on the handicap is a great idea. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.85 (+7.5), Gbets 1.86 (+7.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.88 (+7.5)
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