Round two of Rainbow Cup SA continues this weekend with the Bulls and the Sharks looking to register their second victories as the season gains momentum and fitness of the players significantly improving.
The Bulls opened their campaign with an impressive win over the Lions last weekend at Loftus while the Sharks managed to narrowly get the better of the Stormers away from home in Cape Town.
This is another opportunity for the locally based players to impress as SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber are working on the team that is going to play against the British and Irish Lions.
Sharks vs Lions
Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has gone for continuity in team selection for the visit by wounded Lions as he has named an unchanged starting XV for the second match of the campaign.
Following the narrow win over the Stormers in Cape Town last weekend, the Sharks will be looking to improve their performance at Kings Park on Saturday afternoon in what will be their first home match of the competition.
For the Lions, coach Ivan van Rooyen has made four changes for their clash against the Lions with Tiaan Swanepoel, Sibusiso Sangweni, Stean Pienaar and Wilhelm van der Sluys not considered due to injuries while Willem Alberts is still sidelined.
Dan Kriel retains the captaincy in midfield and the exciting loose trio of Francke Horn, Vincent Tshituka and MJ Pelser get the nod again after good performances last weekend.
Pick: Sharks Wins at 0.18 at BetXChange
Stormers vs Bulls
The Stormers built up a big lead in the first match of the tournament only to allow the Sharks to fight back in Cape Town and claim a dramatic narrow victory after the hosts had two men red-carded.
Coach John Dobson’s side will look to put things right against the Bulls this weekend, with the men from Pretoria bidding to maintain their winning start after a 24-9 victory over the Emirates Lions last weekend.
For the visitors, head coach Jake White has rang slight changes to the match day squad for the trip to Cape Town on Saturday.
The highlight of the team is the return of no.8 and World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen who will resume his captaincy duties from fellow Springbok Nizaam Carr who has been dropped to the bench for the clash against his former team.
Pick: Sormers Wins at 0.80 at BetXChange