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Two teams with a grand total of one win between them so far this Super Rugby season meet today when the Bulls host the Highlanders. The Roar will keep you up to date with the match with live scores from 2:15am (AEDT).
It’s been a miserable year for the Bulls thus far. The South Africans were always expected to drop off following a post-World Cup exodus, but even so, being the only remaining side without a victory as we head to the final match of Round 6 would be particularly grating.
They’ve decided to change the approach in the halves, bringing Manie Libbok into the run-on side at flyhalf in place of veteran Morne Steyn, who drops to the bench.
The Highlanders haven’t experienced too much more joy than their opponents today. Their one win of the season – a list-ditch effort away from home against the Brumbies – was a sensational one, but since then they’ve been trounced by the Crusaders and lost at home to the Rebels. While they’ll fancy their chances against the Bulls, the trip to Loftus Versfeld for this clash means it’s anything but a sure thing.
Kick-off: 2:15am (AEDT)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Lizo Gqoboka, 2. Jaco Visagie, 3. Trevor Nyakane (c), 4. Ian Gorenewald, 5. Ruan Nortje, 6. Marco van Staden, 7. Josh Strauss, 8. Muller Uys, 9. Embrose Papier, 10. Manie Libbok, 11. Rosko Specman, 12. Johnny Kotze, 13. Nafi Tuitavake, 14. Cornal Hendricks, 15. Warrick Gelant
Reserves: 16. Corniel Els, 17. Gerhard Steenekamp, 18. Wiehahn Herbst, 19. Ryno Pieterse, 20. Ruan Steenkamp, 21. Ivan van Zyl, 22. Morné Steyn, 23. Divan Rossouw
15. Michael Collins, 14. Josh McKay, 13. Ngane Punivai, 12. Josh Ioane, 11. Jona Nareki, 10. Mitch Hunt, 9. Aaron Smith (c), 8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 7. Dillon Hunt, 6. Shannon Frizell, 5. Manaaki Selby-Rickit, 4. Jesse Parete, 3. Siate Tokolahi, 2. Liam Coltman, 1. Ayden Johnstone
Reserves: 16. Ash Dixon (c), 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18. Jeff Thwaites, 19. Jack Whetton, 20. Teariki Ben-Nicholas, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Teihorangi Walden, 23. Tima Fainga’anuku