Sat. Sep 26th, 2020

Everything you need to know about the Hurricanes vs Bulls

handre pollard bulls super rugby 2019The Bulls are in New Zealand for their Super Rugby quarter-final clash against the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

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Bulls head coach Pote Human said the Bulls don’t want to leave Wellington without a win when they take on the Hurricanes on Saturday.

The Bulls are in the playoffs set to face the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium after a dominant win over fellow South African side the Lions last week.

“We prepared to play in the final,” said Human. “We are now three matches away from that, but realise that we cannot look past this one against a very dangerous Hurricanes team. They play at home, have won this competition before and have so many strike players that will keep us busy. We have found some good momentum in the last couple of weeks though and will back ourselves on Saturday.”

Bulls captain, Handré Pollard, said the improvement the team made this year was a good reward:

“We have achieved one goal and now set our target on getting into the semifinals. We have learnt good lessons this year as a group, with one of them about our consistency. We need to keep the belief, the focus and the drive.”

Pollard said they have nothing to lose.

“We already improved on last season, but now that we are here, realise how close we are to make this even more meaningful, not only for ourselves as a squad, but for the support back home.”

Hurricanes team and injury news

The Hurricanes head into the quarter-final off the back of an impressive win over the Blues, a match that saw a number of experienced players given the week off to freshen up.

That said a host of experienced players will return to the Hurricanes starting XV for Saturday night’s Super Rugby quarter-final clash.

The inside back pairing of TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett are set to bring up a major milestone and play their 100th game together in front of their home fans.

Their return to the starting line-up are two of nine changes to the team.

Ngani Laumape also returns to play outside Barrett and Perenara while wing Wes Goosen has recovered from a hamstring strain which has kept him out of the side in the last fortnight.

Jordie Barrett has been named at fullback with Peter Umaga-Jensen’s excellent form against the Lions and Blues has seen him named at centre.

There are four changes to the pack where vastly experienced props Toby Smith and Jeff To’omaga-Allen return.

Behind them, James Blackwell comes into the second row after being given a rest against the Blues while star loose forward Ardie Savea is restored to the run on side.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Toby Smith

Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ben May/Alex Fidow, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 du Plessis Kirifi, 21 Richard Judd/Finlay Christie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Salesi Rayasi

Bulls team and injury news

Jesse Kriel returns from an ankle injury sustained late in April and will run out for his 70th cap in the Bulls jersey.

Kriel’s return to the No 13 jersey is one of two changes to the starting XV.

Kriel comes in for the injured Burger Odendaal, with Johnny Kotze moving to the inside centre.

Up front, Jason Jenkins also returns to partner with RG Snyman at lock after missing the Lions clash as well due to injury.

He takes over from Jannes Kirsten, who reverts to the bench.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard (c), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw

Kick off time

Saturday 22 June at 09:35 (SAST).

TV & Live Stream

The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).

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