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Leinster vs Bulls Preview & Tips - Leinster to start season with victory at home
- Leinster vs Bulls predictions for Saturday’s United Rugby Championship fixture
- Match is being played at 17:15 BST at the Aviva Stadium
- Can the Bulls prove their worth against one of Europe’s finest?
- Preview, tips, stats & team news
Leinster are the defending champions (Getty Images)
Leinster vs Bulls Preview & Tips
Leinster are one of Europe’s finest sides and difficult to beat anywhere, particularly at home where their record is superb. The Bulls will put up a fight but this is a tough encounter to start so I’m backing Leinster to cover the -20 handicap.
- Leinster vs Bulls Preview & Tips
- Head to Head
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- Leinster Team News
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- Bulls Team News
- Leinster vs Bulls FAQ
- Leinster have won 7 of their last 8 home matches (United Rugby Championship).
- Leinster have won 17 of their last 21 matches.
- Leinster have won the United Rugby Championship for the last 4 years.
- Bulls lost the Rainbow Cup final in Europe to Benetton 35-8.
Head to Head
Leinster have never previously played the Bulls.
Leinster are the most successful side in Pro14 history, now called the United Rugby Championship. They won the 2020/21 edition of the competition as well, winning 14 of their 16 group matches on their way to the final.
During the Rainbow Cup campaign, Leinster finished fourth behind Glasgow, Munster and Benetton. It must however be considered that Leinster fielded a weakened side during the competition but still managed three wins from their five matches.
The Irish outfit is stacked with international players and are heavy favourites to not only win here, but also win the United Rugby Championship.
Leinster Team News
Leinster are expected to welcome back Jonny Sexton to the starting lineup. The flyhalf has had some injury problems this year which meant he missed much of the international season.
The Bulls come into the United Rugby Championship in superb form. They are by some distance the strongest South African side, particularly while the international players are unavailable due to the Rugby Championship.
The Pretoria based outfit have won the last two editions of the Currie Cup and also made the final of the Rainbow Cup earlier this year.
Jake White’s side destroyed the Sharks 44-10 in the Currie Cup final just weeks ago. That followed a 48-31 win over Western Province (Stormers) in the semi-final.
Bulls Team News
While this is the Bulls first foray into Europe, they have plenty of players with experience in these conditions, including coach Jake White.
Flyhalf Johan Goosen, has spent many years playing in France and will certainly be their trump card.
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