Cardiff Blues vs Bulls

Jamie Hill of Cardiff Blues in action. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

United Rugby Championship: Cardiff Blues 19-29 Bulls as it happened

Cardiff Blues vs Bulls: We can expect an almighty tussle up front between these two sides as they meet at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday 9 October 2021.

Cardiff Blues vs Bulls

Jamie Hill of Cardiff Blues in action. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Cardiff Blues vs Bulls: Track the United Rugby Championship meeting between these two sides as they clash at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday 9 October 2021.

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The Bulls head to Cardiff bidding to get off the mark in the United Rugby Championship.

Jake White’s Bulls have endured a difficult start to life in the competition, suffering defeats to Leinster and Connacht to leave them bottom of the table heading into the third round.

Bulls scrumhalf Zac Burger said they realise they cannot win every game, but the two defeats are hurting: “We have obviously been disappointed with the results,” he said. “But, we also know that as sportsmen, we cannot win every game.”

Despite not getting the desired results so far, the Bulls side remains upbeat and optimistic as the season progresses. “The vibe and camaraderie are still great among the group. We continue to work hard both on and off the field,” Burger said. “The season is a long one, and definitely cannot be decided on the first two matches. There is still a lot to play for.”

Cardiff overcame Connacht in Round 1 but will be targeting a return to winning ways following their defeat to the Ospreys in Swansea last time out.

The hosts’ coach Dai Young believes the Bulls will be desperate to get a win.

“I thought the score last week flattered Connacht a little bit. The Bulls were better than the score would lead you to believe,” said Young.

“But nothing changes from our point of view. I’m sure they’ll want to get a result on the board sooner rather than later.

“They’ll probably see this as the perfect opportunity to do that.”

Cardiff welcome the Bulls boasting an impressive recent home record having won their last four matches at the Arms Park.

The Bulls have lost their last two matches but have not suffered three in succession since doing so in Super Rugby in February 2020.

Cardiff have lost only two of their previous eight matches against South African opponents, with both of those defeats coming away from home.

Team line-ups: Cardiff Blues vs Bulls

Cardiff Blues: Hallam Amos; Owen Lane, Rey Lee-Lo, Ben Thomas, Josh Adams; Rhys Priestland, Lloyd Williams; Rhys Carre, Kirby Myhill, Dmitri Arhip, Seb Davies, Matthew Screech, Josh Navidi, Will Boyde, James Ratti.

Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Corey Domachowski, Dillon Lewis, Rory Thornton, Josh Turnbull, Tomos Williams, Willis Halaholo, Matthew Morgan.

Bulls: David Kriel, Madosh Tambwe, Cornal Hendricks, Harold Vorster, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Johan Goosen, Embrose Papier; Simphiwe Matanzima, Bismarck du Plessis, Jacques van Rooyen, Janko Swanepoel, Ruan Nortje, Marcell Coetzee (captain), Jacques du Plessis, Elrigh Louw.

Replacements: Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Lizo Gqoboka, Robert Hunt, Walt Steenkamp, Arno Botha, Keagan Johannes, Chris Smith, Lionel Mapoe.


Cardiff Blues vs Bulls

Date: Saturday, 9 October

Venue: Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

SA time: 20:35

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU, 11th league game)

AR 1: Ben Whitehouse (WRU) AR 2: John Darcy (WRU)

TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)

TV: SuperSport Grandstand

Stream: DStv Now

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