Kriel: Lions will be tough to beat

    2015-05-02 10:54

    Pretoria - Bulls fullback Jesse Kriel says the team will be brace for a tough challenge against the Lions here on Saturday.

    The Lions have the bragging rights, having picked up 22-18 victory over the Bulls in Johannesburg last month. It was a close contest between the two teams, which was decided by a try at the death by hooker Armand “Akker” van der Merwe.

    Another exciting South African derby is expected at Loftus Versfeld, where the Bulls will host the men from Johannesburg, who are on a five-match winning streak.

    Kriel realises the challenge.

    “The Lions and Bulls competed in a great game of rugby at Ellis Park. This time, we will be playing in Pretoria, so you can expect us to be really up for it,” Kriel told

    “When it comes to South African Super Rugby derbies, there are no easy games. And the Lions are on a massive high at the moment. We just need to remain focused and play our game to put ourselves in a position for victory.”

    Kriel added that the Bulls will be looking to improve following their performance against the Stormers last weekend, which saw them suffer a close 15-13 defeat.

    “We lost against the Stormers, but overall, we’re happy with our form in Super Rugby this season,” said Kriel. “We’re playing a good brand of rugby, and when we play to our potential, we’re effective.

    “We just need to improve this weekend against the Lions, and hopefully, I can contribute value where possible.”

    Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Loftus Versfeld is scheduled for 19:10.



    15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Trevor Nyakane

    Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Morne Mellett, 18 Andrew Beerwinkel, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Pierre Spies, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 Jurgen Visser


    15. Marnitz Boshoff, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Harold Vorster, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Andries Coetzee, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques van Rooyen

    Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. MB Lusaseni, 20. Robert Kruger, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Alwyn Hollenbach, 23. Courtnall Skosan

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