The Vodacom Blue Bulls will be looking to bounce back from their shock defeat to the Lions when they take on the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
The Lions at Loftus was never going to be an easy match but the Blue Bulls were expected to win and the 39 point loss was a difficult pill to swallow for both players and fans alike. With so many players on national duty the group stages of the Absa Currie Cup were always going to be testing for this young Blue Bulls side, but a draw against WP at Newlands and a scrappy home win over the Griquas had them priced up as favourites to lift the trophy with a number of bookmakers.
Getting the campaign back on track won’t be easy as they now play the Sharks in Durban. After a slow start to the season, which saw them lose to the Griquas and edging the Lions at home, the Sharks showed great character in beating the Cheetahs away in week 3. They have shown constant improvement and in flyhalf Zeilinga they look to have a player for the future.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Blue Bulls have run the Sharks close in Durban in recent years but the home team has had by far the better of results.
2012: Sharks 20 Bulls 3 – playoff
2012: Sharks 13 Bulls 12
2011: Sharks 35 Bulls 12
2010: Sharks 16 Bulls 12 – playoff
2010: Sharks 34 Bulls 28
There are no easy games in this year’s tournament but on the evidence of last week’s action it is going to require a massive effort from the Blue Bulls to put the Lions hiding behind them and beat a Sharks team clearly on the up.
The Sharks were given a tough time in their home game against the Lions but they managed to get up for the win whereas the Blue Bulls hit the front midway through their match against the same opponents, only to get run off their feet in a frenetic 2nd half. It was perhaps a case of running into the Lions at exactly the wrong time as everything just clicked for the visitors on the night. I expect the Blue Bulls will put up a massive fight at the Shark Tank.
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