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Super Rugby Preview: Bulls v Lions (15/06/19)

The Play – Off Picture

    • Three of the last five Super Rugby games between the Bulls and Lions have been won by the away side on the day, with the Lions picking up four wins in that span.
    • The Bulls are just the third side in Super Rugby history to draw two consecutive games (Force in 2006, Chiefs in 2014); no side has ever drawn three consecutive games in the competition.
    • The Lions have won only two of their previous seven South African derbies in Super Rugby, this after having won 19 on the bounce prior.
    • The Bulls have kicked 44 penalty goals thus far in Super Rugby 2019, nine more than any other team in the competition and 30 more than the Lions (14).
    • Only the Hurricanes’ Ardie Savea (26) has won more turnovers than the Lions’ Kwagga Smith (20) in Super Rugby 2019.

The Bulls have played the Lions 26 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Bulls have won 15 matches, lost 11 times and drawn none.

The Bulls 15 wins out of 26 matches gives them a record of winning 58% of their matches against the Lions regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Pretoria which is home for the Bulls and the venue where the teams have met 13 times.

In those 13 matches played in Pretoria the Bulls have won 8 matches and lost 5. This gives the Bulls a record of winning 62% of their matches against the Lions at home.

The average score when the Bulls play the Lions in Pretoria is : Bulls 35 Lions 31.

The Lions have the last two matches against the Bulls in Pretoria but the eight before that were all won by the Bulls.

Average score: Bulls 29 Lions 28

Last five results 
Sat, 02 Mar 2019 Bulls 30 v 12 Lions @Johannesburg
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 Bulls 12 v 38 Lions @Johannesburg
Sat, 03 Mar 2018 Bulls 35 v 49 Lions @Pretoria
Sat, 20 May 2017 Bulls 14 v 51 Lions @Johannesburg
Sat, 28 May 2016 Bulls 20 v 56 Lions @Pretoria

Bulls overall record against the Lions
Played 26, Wins 15 , Losses 11 , Draws 0

15. Warrick Gelant,14. Cornal Hendricks,13. Johnny Kotze ,12. Burger Odendaal ,11. Rosko Specman,10. Handré Pollard (c),9. Andre Warner ,8. Duane Vermeulen,7. Hanro Liebenberg,6. Marco van Staden,5. RG Snyman,4. Jannes Kirsten ,3. Trevor Nyakane,2. Jaco Visagie ,1. Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements: 16. Johan Grobbelaar ,17. Simphiwe Matanzima,18. Wiehahn Herbst ,19. Eli Snyman ,20. Ruan Steenkamp,21. Ivan van Zyl,22. Manie Libbok,23. Divan Rossouw

To follow.

Match Officials and details
Date :
 Saturday 15 June

Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17:15
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Stefan Geldenhuys
TMO :Christie du Preez

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