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The Bulls and Sharks will face off in the final Super Rugby game of Round 4 at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, with the game shaping as crucial in the South African conference during the early part of the season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2:15am (AEDT).
The Bulls have had an indifferent start to their season. It’s one which they won’t be disappointed by, but one which they will feel they could have got more out of over the first three rounds.
While they blew the Stormers off the park in Round 1, running up 40 points on the hapless outfit, and shocked the Lions with a win at home last weekend, their loss to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, where they were simply outclassed in the forwards, will still be stinging the club in what is shaping up to be a very tight South African conference race already.
Their win over the Lions is a breath of fresh air for the club though, who will feel they should be able to build on that style – one where they were dominant in attack, scored tries when the opportunity presented and stayed patient in the forwards.
The Sharks also had two wins to start their season, but it’s hard to get a read on the franchise at this point, given those matches came against bottom clubs in the Sunwolves and Blues, with the Blues game having the added bonus of home ground advantage.
They were at home again last week, but facing a gallant Stormers outfit, who recorded a five-point win, getting the better of the Sharks in the forwards throughout the second half.
The Sharks need to be better if they are going to get the Bulls, but that’s going to start in the forwards, and the ability to compete for the entire 80 minutes.
The Bulls have been really solid in that department so far, as indicated by upstaging the Lions, and should, on paper at least have an advantage there ahead of this Round 4 clash.
This game is a real flip of the coin job. Hard to get a read on the two sides at this early point of the season, but the Bulls are normally pretty strong at home, so I’ll take them with no confidence in a close one.
Bulls by 3.
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