Odds stacked against Brumbies in Pretoria
Brumbies coach Jake White admits the odds of his squad bringing home Super Rugby points from Pretoria are poor, but insists that won't stop them giving it a fair crack against the rampaging Bulls.
History is against the ACT franchise for Sunday's early morning match, given their last recorded win at the Bulls' fortress of Loftus Versfeld Stadium was six years ago.
It also sides with the Bulls - currently the joint South African leaders with the Stormers - who have not lost to any Australian team at home for the past 10 matches.
Factor in the travel and jet lag, White conceded a victory will be a tough ask for his fledgling squad, who've impressed with a four wins-three loss start to the season.
"The reality is quite simple and that's that even in the glory days of the Brumbies they couldn't win in South Africa, let alone at Loftus," he told AAP on Friday.
"So no one is under any illusions about how tough it will be.
"We'll do our best and make sure we prepare like we know we can and give ourselves a fair chance."
Pessimism is a fair call considering the last local franchise the Bulls hosted at Loftus - the defending title champions, the Reds - were routed 61-8 barely a month ago.
They've since beaten the Brumbies.
But White said the slate will start clean ahead of Sunday's clash.
"I wouldn't contemplate worrying in the least what happened to the Reds," he said.
"We beat the Rebels and they beat the Blues, and the Blues have beaten the Bulls, so you can't ever say because they beat them and you beat them, we should beat them."
The Bulls come into the match unchanged from the side that defeated the Lions last week, while the Brumbies have made just two changes, inserting Ben Alexander and Andrew Smith back into starting line-up.
White said it made sense to have "wise heads" on the field from the outset, with both Ruaidhri Murphy and Tevita Kuridrani called back to the bench.