Bulls vs Griquas
The Bulls will be smarting from their loss to the Sharks especially after dominating the possession for most of the match. The Griquas will look to their porous defence conceding 45 points as the reason they lost to the Lions. They missed countless tackles that allowed the Lions easy tries. The Bulls are back home and will look to dominate the Griquas up front with their powerful scrum and driving maul. The Bulls had numerous kickable penalties that they turned down and kicked for touch which back fired as their rolling maul was nullified by the Sharks. They did not seem to have a Plan B and when this failed they seemed to get frustrated into making mistakes. Griquas have only themselves to blame as they missed tackle after tackle which kept leading to tries for the Lions. They will need to improve otherwise this could be a huge win for the Bulls.
TIP: The Bulls will have worked on their finishing as they had enough possession but could not convert their chances. They will look to Johan Goosen to ignite the backline that did not receive enough ball last week. Bulls skipper Marcell Coetzee must rediscover the form he showed early in the season as he seems to have dipped in form. The Bulls pack will want to stamp their authority over the Griquas pack early on so that their backline gets good ball to attack from. The Bulls want more from Madosh Tambwe as he was once again caught out defensively. He has a great attacking game but needs to improve his defence as teams will keep targeting him. The bookies have the Bulls as heavy favourites and I’m tipping them to score a convincing win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.16, Playabets 1.15 and Sunbet 1.20
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Bulls vs Griquas
- In the last six matches there have been five wins for the Bulls and one win for the Griquas.
- In 12 home matches against the Griquas the Bulls have only lost twice.
- The last time the Griquas beat the Bulls was in 2019.
Latest results for both teams
The Bulls lost their last match against the Sharks 35-28 while the Griquas lost their last match against the Lions 45-42.
The Bulls have a very good record against the Griquas and will want to continue with that trend especially as the match is at Fort Loftus. The Bulls seem to hold the advantages in most facets of the game but they will need to keep an eye on Eduan Keyter. The flyer has been brilliant this season and is the top try scorer in the Currie Cup. The Bulls defence will need to be on high alert to keep him at bay. The Bulls have their own attacking threats in players like Cornal Hendricks and Lionel Mapoe. Both these players have been rejuvenated since they came to the Bulls. Their experience and class certainly has helped the team and also guided the youngsters in the squad. The overall balance of the Bulls team will see them to a comfortable victory by more than 14 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 David Kriel, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Muller Uys, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Schalk Erasmus , 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.
15 Ashlon Davids, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 Jay-Cee Nel, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ruan Steenkamp (captain), 7 Sibabalo Qoma, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Stefan Willemse, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Janco Uys, 1 Mox Mxoli.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Bulls victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Bulls handicap victory:
The complete odds on the Bulls handicap victory:
Worldsportsbetting (-13.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-12.5) 1.87
Playabets (-12.5) 1.87
Predictions and Odds in details
This match will be decided in the forwards and the Bulls have the edge in this department. Griquas had quite a few injuries to key players in their last match and that will make their task all the more difficult. The Bulls are a proud team and after last week’s defeat you can expect them to attack from the first whistle and blow the Griquas away. The Griquas seem to have a good first XV but injuries severely hamper them as they lack squad depth. The battle between the half back pairings will be mouth-watering as both teams have great strength in this area. I feel the Bulls hold the slight edge in this area because of Johan Goosen. The bookies are not offering punters a decent return on the Bulls outright victory therefore I suggest the Bulls on the handicap victory. The best odds on this bet are at: Worldsportsbetting (-13.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-12.5) 1.87 and Playabets (-12.5) 1.87
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