Southern Kings v Waratahs – Sky Sports interactive, 4.05pm
A small bet on 47 or fewer total points on the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium scoreboard looks fair value at 10-11 with BetVictor. Morning and afternoon rain and wind is expected to clear but conditions are far from certain to be conducive to expansive rugby.
The Southern Kings, unsurprisingly, seem to have run out of steam in their maiden Super season after a decent trans-Tasman tour. They were walloped 30-0 on arrival back in Port Elizabeth a fortnight ago and lost 26-12 in Bloemfontein to the Cheetahs last Saturday.
While the Tahs arrive in PE on the fringes of the play-off battle and with several of their players hopeful of pressing their Wallabies claims for positions against the Lions but still wildly inconsistent.
Last Saturday in Pretoria, they lost their grip of the Bulls in the second-half to lose 30-19 but a fortnight ago they managed to contain the champion Chiefs in a 25-20 Sydney success.
Under 47.5 points 1pt 10-11 BetVictor
Southern Kings: G Whitehead; S Petersen, R Cooke, A Strauss, S Grey; D Catrakilis, S Venter; S Ferreira, B Maku, K Buys; S Sykes, R Bernardo; C Du Preez, W van der Walt, J Engelbrecht. Replacements: V Lacombe, G Kemp, D Bulbring, N Vergallo, W Murray, S Soyizwapi.
Waratahs: I Folau; C Crawford, A Ashley-Cooper, R Horne, P Betham; B Foley, B McKibbin; B Robinson, T Polota-Nau, S Kepu; S Timani, K Douglas; D Dennis, M Hooper, W Palu. Replacements: J Ulugia, P Ryan, W Skelton, M Chapman, P McCutcheon, M Lucas, T Kingston.
Bulls v Hurricanes – Sky Sports interactive, 6.10pm
Go for plenty of points at Loftus Versfeld tonight – 51 or more at 91-100 with bet365 – on what looks set to be a perfect night for running rugby in Pretoria.
The hosting Bulls have hit the top of the South African standings without yet being at their bulldozing best.
But defeats for traditional rivals the Stormers and Sharks in New Zealand so far this weekend will have eased the pressure to perform and a ding-dong battle with the Hurricanes, who will gain nothing in their play-off fight from being squeezed out in defeat, would not surprise.
The Canes certainly line-up like they want to play through the hands when in possession in the home half while expecting to have plenty of opportunities to run back at pace from deep.
The Bulls have won the last three low-scoring meetings by a margin of one to 12 points but in April 2008 the Canes landed a 50-22 raid and four of the five previous Pretoria clashes had seen more than 50 points on the scoreboard.
More than 50 points 1pt 91-100 bet365
Bulls: J Visser; A Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, W Olivier, B Basson; M Steyn, J Vermaak; D Greyling, C Ralepelle, W Kruger; F van der Merwe, J Kruger; D Stegmann, D Potgieter, P Spies. Replacements: W Wepener, F Kirsten, G Hattingh, A Botha, F Hougaard, L Fouche, L Mapoe.
Hurricanes: A Taylor; A Leiua, C Smith, T Pusi, J Savea; B Barrett, TJ Perenara; B Franks, A Dixon, J Allen; J Thrush, J Eaton; B Shields, K Lowe, V Vito. Replacements: R Goodes, B May, M Reddish, F Levave, J Lam, C Smylie, T Bateman.
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