Two match-ups that could swing the battle at Loftus
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