Western Province welcome the Bulls to Newlands for a Currie Cup fixture on Saturday. The Bulls recently won the Super Rugby Unlocked competition and head into the Currie Cup at the top of the table - as points from the before-mentioned tournament count towards the 2020 Currie Cup.
Western Province Form
Western Province go into the Currie Cup in second place on the table after a decent showing in the Super Rugby Unlocked competition - winning four, drawing one, and losing one.
All points from Super Rugby Unlocked are carried forward, so the side from Cape Town start in a healthy position on 19 points - four points behind the Bulls in first place.
Playing as the Stormers in Super Rugby Unlocked, Western Province saw their final fixture last weekend called off due to a number of Sharks players testing positive for COVID-19.
In their match the weekend prior, the Cape Town-based outfit beat the Cheetahs 30-13 at home. It was a solid performance from the Capetonians and one which will give them great confidence heading into what is effectively the return legs of Super Rugby Unlocked in the 2020 Currie Cup.
Western Province Team News
Flanker and captain Siya Kolisi is back and fit enough to start for Western Province. Wing Seabelo Senatla also returns to action.
Fullback Warrick Gelant and wing Angelo Davids will don the Western Province jersey for the first time. Prop Ali Vermaak and flank Jaco Coetzee return from injury and are named on the bench.
The Bulls were crowned Super Rugby Unlocked champions last weekend, but their mission to dominate the domestic scene in South Africa is far from over.
The Bulls won five of their six matches in Super Rugby Unlocked on their way to lifting the trophy. As a result of their fine form, they will start the 2020 Currie Cup competition in first place on 23 points.
Their last match of Super Rugby Unlocked was against the Pumas at Loftus. While the match was anything but easy, the Pretoria side ended up winning 21-5 in atrocious conditions.
Bulls Team News
Hooker Johan Grobbelaar has been passed fit and will start for the Bulls. Flyhalf Morné Steyn will miss the match as he continues to isolate due to COVID-19.
Captain Duane Vermeulen, props Jacques van Rooyen and Trevor Nyakane, and scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl have all been selected to start.
Western Province vs Bulls Head to Head
Western Province hold an 8-2 advantage over the Bulls in their last 10 Currie Cup clashes.
The last clash between the sides took place on 31 October at Loftus in Super Rugby Unlocked. Despite only being able to complete 63 minutes due to weather issues, the Bulls romped home with a 39-6 victory. In their last Currie Cup meeting, Western Province won 20-5 at Newlands in 2019.
Western Province vs Bulls Odds
Western Province are priced at 1.72 to win the match, while the Bulls are available at 2.20. The draw pays 21.00.
The handicap for this encounter is set at 2 points with bookmaker bet365
Western Province vs Bulls Match Up
The return of Siya Kolisi for Western Province is a huge boost. Province have a great record against the Bulls in the Currie Cup and will look to their performance against the Cheetahs as inspiration going into this encounter.
The Bulls are always a match in the physical battle, but Province have a savvy side who are likely to have too much for their opponents.
Western Province vs Bulls Stats
- Western Province have won their last 6 matches against the Bulls (Currie Cup).
- Western Province have covered the -2 handicap against the Bulls in 6 of last 10 matches (Currie Cup).
- Western Province have not lost at home to the Bulls since 2013 (Currie Cup).
- Bulls have lost 6 of their last 8 matches (Currie Cup).