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Bulls vs Sharks Predictions & Tips - Bulls backed to win Currie Cup title

  • Bulls vs Sharks predictions for Saturday’s Currie Cup match
  • Match is being played at 13:00 GMT at Loftus Versfeld
  • Bulls have won all 6 of their home matches this season
  • I am backing the Bulls to win by 6+ points
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Bulls beat Sharks 44-14 in their last meeting at Loftus Versfeld (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 28 Jan 2021
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Bulls vs Sharks Predictions

The Bulls have been dominant this season, especially on home soil. While the Sharks beat them in Durban a few weeks ago, traveling to Pretoria offers a whole new set of challenges. I’m backing the Bulls to cover the -6 handicap in this one.

  • Bulls have won their last 6 home matches.
  • Bulls won their last home match against the Sharks by 30 points.
  • Sharks have lost 2 of their last 4 matches by 15 & 27 points.

Head to Head

The Bulls hold a 5-4 advantage over the Sharks in their last nine matches. The Sharks beat the Bulls 32-29 earlier in the Currie Cup campaign in Durban.

Bulls Form

The Bulls have been the dominant side of the 2020/21 Currie Cup season. They topped the table from start to finish after winning the Super Rugby Unlocked tournament.

Not even COVID-19 infections could hamper the Bulls form in the Currie Cup. In fact, they seem to have come back stronger after being forced into a two week isolation period.

The Bulls beat the Lions 22-15 at home before going down 44-14 to the Pumas in their final Currie Cup match. The latter result was due to Jake White fielding an under-21 side.

In the semi-final the Bulls once again faced the Lions at home, a match they won 26-21. Going into the final the Bulls will need to get the better of set pieces and their discipline will be a key factor.

Bulls Injuries & Team News

The Bulls will be reliant on their forward pack once again and the incredibly accurate boot of flyhalf, Morne Steyn.

Duane Vermeulen is key to the Bulls and the way they play. If he starts gaining momentum and winning penalties on the ground, the Sharks could be in for another long afternoon in the Pretoria sun.

Sharks Form

The Sharks were inconsistent throughout the season but have come good at the right time. Earlier this season, during Super Rugby Unlocked, the Sharks last 44-14 to the Bulls at Loftus. They will not want a repeat this time around.

Last week the Sharks upset the odds by beating Western Province 19-9 at Newlands. The quality within the match was poor from both sets of players, but the Sharks finished their chances off well.

The Sharks thrive on set piece dominance but they will find that difficult to achieve against the Bulls. If the visitors can match the Bulls power upfront,  they will be in with a chance.

Sharks Injuries & Team News

The Sharks have reported no injury concerns ahead of the Currie Cup final so they could well go into the match unchanged. Teams will be announced on Thursday afternoon.

Key to the Sharks chances will be fly-half Curwin Bosch. He has been kicking beautifully of late with any kick within 60 meters seemingly flying between the uprights.

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The Bulls have not lost on home soil this season and should have too much quality in the Currie Cup final. I'm backing the Bulls to win by more than 6 points. 

Best Bet: Bulls -6 Handicap Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 4 Units

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