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Handre Pollard of the Bulls in action during the 2019 Super Rugby season. Photo: Anton Geyser/Gallo Images

Everything you need to know about the Bulls vs Chiefs

The Chiefs are in South Africa to face the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.

handre pollard bulls super rugby 2019

Handre Pollard of the Bulls in action during the 2019 Super Rugby season. Photo: Anton Geyser/Gallo Images

The Bulls are set to face the Chiefs in Pretoria on Saturday for another exciting Super Rugby clash.

Even though the Chiefs have not won a match since the start of the Super Rugby tournament, Bulls head coach Pote Human said it’s still early days.

“I am happy with the improvement and growth [of the Bulls so far]. It is still early days, but I am pleased we managed to tick some boxes in the first month of the competition, although the Kiwi challenge will test us in different ways.”

Meanwhile, Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper called for his side to show an improved performance:

“The Bulls are a very good team and are coming off the back of a bye. For us to be successful we need to try to be more accurate and continue to focus on delivering our game in order to improve on last week’s performance.”

Bulls team and injury news

Burger Odendaal and Ruan Steenkamp are both back in the Bulls’ starting XV for their clash against the Chiefs.

At the back, Divan Rossouw is called into the starting line-up as fullback replacement for injured Springbok No 15 Warrick Gelant.

Bulls: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard (c), 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Jason Jenkins, 4 Hanro Liebenberg, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Substitutes: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Eli Snyman, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Dylan Sage

Chiefs team and injury news

Following a 23 all draw against the Hurricanes in Hamilton last Friday a selection of changes have been made across the twenty three.

Four forwards remain in the starting line-up: loosehead prop Aidan Ross, hooker Nathan Harris, Captain Brodie Retallick and number eight Tyler Ardron. Tighthead prop Angus Ta’avao will start ahead of Nepo Laulala.

A new locking combination of Retallick and Mitchell Brown will start with Michael Allardice providing cover on the bench.

Blindside flanker Luke Jacobson earns his first start of the season and is joined by Lachlan Boshier on the openside who returns to the starting fifteen after missing the Hurricanes match with concussion.

In the backline, only two changes have been made.

Jack Debreczeni earns his first start of the season after returning to full health. He will direct the backline in the No 10 jersey. Solomon Alaimalo returns from injury and is named on the left wing shifting Ataata Moeakiola to the bench. 

Loosehead prop Tevita Mafileo returns following a minor injury named in jersey number 17 and loose forward Jesse Parete earns his spot on the bench to don jersey number 20.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick (c), 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.

Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Jesse Parete, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Ataata Moeakiola

Kick off time

Saturday, 23 March at 15:05 (SAST).

TV & Live Stream

SuperSport 1 (subscription required) at 14:55 (SAST).

Super Rugby Form (most recent result first)

Bulls: WWLW

Chiefs: DLLLL