Two match-ups that could swing the bat­tle at Lof­tus

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Tian Schoe­man v Robert du Preez EV­ERY point will be cru­cial, so which­ever pivot packs the best kick­ing boots will def­i­nitely give his side an edge.

For WP, Du Preez, pic­tured far right, has emerged from a roller­coaster early sea­son to so­lid­ify his place in the No 10 jersey.

Through­out the sea­son he has pro­duced good per­for­mances, in­clud­ing a few mas­ter strokes – his most out­stand­ing one a three-try cre­at­ing pro­duc­tion against the Sharks at New­lands.

He hasn’t dis­ap­pointed with the boot ei­ther, while the rest of his game also took an up­ward curve. He has a solid tac­ti­cal game and his at­tack­ing kicks – just think of those lit­tle cross-kicks and grub­bers that have caused dam­age – can cre­ate all kinds of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the vis­i­tors. Schoe­man, pic­tured, is a very re­li­able goal-kicker. The Bulls fly­half boasts the most points (116) dur­ing the group stages of the com­pe­ti­tion. That should say enough, but it doesn’t end there. He also has a strong at­tack­ing game and can eas­ily swing an un­ex­pected skip-pass to put his ca­pa­ble backs into space (like the one he de­liv­ered to put Ul­rich Bey­ers in a gap to score against Gri­quas). He needs to be watched. Jamba Ulengo v Leolin Zas JUST give him some space and he’s gone. Zas has proved how dan­ger­ous he can be when he gets the ball.

The WP and Storm­ers flyer has not been given nearly enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to do se­ri­ous dam­age but when he gets them, he makes sure to fin­ish in fine style.

His blis­ter­ing speed, a lethal step that can ask ques­tions on any de­fence and his work rate make him a huge threat. The left wing has power, phys­i­cal­ity and a won­der­ful abil­ity to sniff out tries.

We caught some great glimpses of his at­tack­ing po­tency in Prov­ince’s very event­ful cam­paign – and see­ing a few more tonight would be su­perb.

Even if he doesn’t have space, he can just put the ball on the boot for a grub­ber col­lect it to cross the white­wash (an­other thing that he has shown he can do with ease and ac­cu­racy).

Ulengo is all kinds of trou­ble – for the op­po­si­tion, of course.

Last year, the Bulls No 11 topped the tryscor­ing list with 11 five-point­ers, and in 2016 he is again among the top try-scor­ers. The for­mer Sev­ens star’s name and scor­ing go hand in hand, and he is also very com­fort­able with the chase and aerial chal­lenges. Ulengo has de­cep­tive pace and need­less to say, many of the Bulls’ crosses over the white­wash this sea­son have been cour­tesy of his ef­forts. Prov­ince won’t have for­got­ten the try he scored against them at New­lands in their first match of the com­pe­ti­tion to ex­tend the Bulls’ lead af­ter some strong run­ning out wide. – Wynona Louw

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