The Vodacom Bulls will be chasing a fourth away win when they face the Brumbies on Friday morning at 11h45 (SA time) in the GIO Stadium in Canberra. This will be their second fixture of their three-match Australian trip.
Success for the Pretoria side will allow them to leapfrog the DHL Stormers as leaders on the South African conference standings. They have named an unchanged side for the Brumbies clash.
As things stand, the DHL Stormers have amassed 29 points from nine matches, while the Vodacom Bulls have 28 from eight games.
The DHL Stormers and Emirates Lions are two of four teams who are enjoying byes this coming weekend. The Jaguares from Argentina and Australian side the Rebels, are the other two teams who are not in action.
The remaining three South African sides are all involved in Saturday fixtures. The Waratahs welcome the Toyota Cheetahs to the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday morning, where the two sides will kick off at 11h45 SA time. This will be the Bloemfontein side’s third away match in a row.
Then, in the first of two matches on South African soil, the Cell C Sharks mark their return from their overseas leg with a home match against the Hurricanes. Kick-off time in this encounter at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban is set for 15h00.
In the late afternoon fixture, the Southern Kings are at home to New Zealand side the Blues, with the match starting at 17h10 in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Elsewhere, the Crusaders are playing at home in Christchurch against the Reds, the Sunwolves host the Western Force in Tokyo while the Chiefs and the Highlanders will test each other in a New Zealand derby in Hamilton.