31-12-2022 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Sharks vs Bulls

Sharks vs Bulls

The fierce rivalry between the Sharks and the Bulls will continue as the coastal side welcome the men from Pretoria. The home team will be full of confidence after thrashing the Lions 37-10 in their last match while the visitors will be hoping to bounce back from their 37-27 loss to the Stormers. The Sharks will be flattered by the scoreline against the Lions as there were long periods especially in the first half where they struggled to score despite having the majority of possession. The Bulls will need to bring their renowned physicality to this match if they are to win.

TIP: This match will be new head coach Neil Powell’s biggest test yet since he took over the reins as he comes up against a wounded Bulls outfit. The Sharks will be delighted to call on Boks skipper Siya Kolisi and the enforcer Eben Etzebeth for this match after being rested in the last match. The Bulls are obviously missing their skipper Marcell Coetzee who is playing in Japan but will need the other players to step up. The bookies have the Sharks as favourites and I am also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.40 Playabets 1.42 and Sunbet 1.42


Sharks vs Bulls

  • The Bulls have won the last three matches against the Sharks.
  • The Sharks have won five of the last six home matches against the Bulls.

Latest results for both teams

The Sharks beat the Lions 37-10 in their last match while the Bulls lost 37-27 to the Stormers in their last match.  


The Bulls will know that they will be in another titanic battle against a Sharks team laden with Springboks. The home team dominated the physical exchanges in the last match and if their forwards can do that again then they will win. The Bulls on the other hand will need flyhalf Johan Goosen to improve on his poor performance in the last match where he battled to launch their dangerous backline. The visitors have two of the most dangerous attackers in the country in Kurt-Lee Arendse and Canan Moodie but they will need to see more of the ball if they are to create some magic. The Sharks have too much power and quality therefore I predict a home win by more than 8 points.

Probable Starting XVs


15 Henry Chamberlain, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Phendulani Buthelezi (captain), 7 Jeandre Labuschagne, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Dan Jooste, 1 Thomas du Toit.


15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Canan Moodie, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marco Van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje (captain), 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Sharks victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.40

Playabets 1.42

Sunbet 1.42

Odds comparison on the Sharks handicap:

The complete odds on the Sharks handicap:

Worldsportsbetting (-6.5) 1.90

Sunbet (-6.5) 1.89

Playabets (-6.5) 1.84

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Sharks outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home side on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-6.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-6.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-6.5) 1.84

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