Bulls vs Benneton
The Bulls will have revenge on their minds when they welcome Benetton to Loftus Versfeld. They will want to set the record straight after losing to Benetton in the final of the Rainbow Cup last season. The Bulls are coming of a defeat in their last match against the Stormers while the Italian side were thumped 36-17 in their last match against Toulon albeit in a different competition. The Bulls have been in great form at home in this competition and are unbeaten in Pretoria. Benetton will need to be at their best if they are to beat the Bulls again.
TIP: The Bulls have played great all round rugby this season with the forwards interlinking with the backs and if they find fluency in attack then they will win this match comfortably. The visitors will look to their South African players Rhyno Smith and Dewald Duvenage to help them in this match especially offering them ways to combat the altitude in the second half. The bookies have the Bulls as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.01, Playabets 1.01 and Sunbet 1.01
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Bulls vs Benneton
- Benetton won the only previous meeting between these sides 35-8.
Latest results for both teams
The Bulls lost their last match 19-17 to the Stormers while Benetton 36-17 to Toulon in their last match.
The Bulls will use their forward pack to try and gain the early advantage which will lay the platform for their potent backline. The home team have two of the deadliest finishers in the competition in Kurt-Lee Arendse and Madosh Tambwe. Arendse in particular has burst onto the scene this season and if the visitors give him any space he will make them pay. Benetton will look to Smith to provide them with the spark in attack as he is super quick around the field. The Bulls will want a lead going into the final quarter as this is when they are at their strongest. I am predicting a Bulls win by 30 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.
15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Luca Sperandio, 13 Ignacio Brex, 12 Tommaso Menoncello, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Rhyno Smith, 9 Dewald Duvenage, 8 Toa Halafihi, 7 Michele Lamaro (captain), 6 Giovanni Pettinelli, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Niccolò Cannone, 3 Ivan Nemer, 2 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 1 Thomas Gallo.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Bulls victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Bulls handicap :
The complete odds on the Bulls handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-25.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-25.5) 1.89
Playabets (-25.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
The biggest weapon of the Bulls over the years has been their driving maul and if they are allowed to make ground with the maul then Benetton have no chance in this match. The man that will again be key for the Bulls is Captain Marcell Coetzee. He has been brilliant in both attack and defence this season. There are no returns on the Bulls outright win therefore we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-25.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-25.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-25.5) 1.81
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