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Bulls v Cheetahs Super Rugby Preview

Francois Hougaard is shut down by the Cheetahs defence earlier this season

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Article Published: Thursday 1 May 2014|

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Out of the last five matches between the Bulls and the Cheetahs the Pretoria based Bulls have won four matches and the Cheetahs have won one.

Overall the Bulls have played the Cheetahs 12 times since the Bloemfontein based side joined Super Rugby in 2006 through the Super 14 and the Bulls have won 11 times.

The teams met earlier this year in Bloemfontein and the Cheetahs beat the Bulls 15-9 for the first time in Super rugby.

The Bulls therefore have a record of beating the Cheetahs in 92% of their matches with an average score of : Bulls 34 Cheetahs 22.

As the Cheetahs have never beaten the Bulls in Pretoria the hosts have a perfect record in Pretoria with an average score of : Bulls 30 Cheetahs 21

The Bulls have just returned from their tour of Australasia where they lost all four matches. The drew with the Cheetahs before the trip so they have not won for five matches.

The Cheetahs also recently returned from their trip to Australasia without a win but in their first match back they drew with the Chiefs and then lost to the Crusaders and Sharks before beating the Stormers last week.

In terms of form the Cheetahs are more in form than the Bulls but given the Bulls record at home in Pretoria they will start the match as favourites.

The Bulls have rotated Jacques-Louis Potgieter with Handre Pollard as he impressed when he came on in the second half against the Force last week.

The back line has had some other tweaks most likely more to do with rotation than form.

The Cheetahs on the other hand have retained the starting side that beat the Stormers last week and they have named Johan Goosen on the replacements bench. Adriaan Strauss has been named to win his 100th Super Rugby cap.

The Cheetahs have played 5 matches away from home this season and lost all five. In contrast the Bulls have played four matches at home and they are unbeaten. They drew with the Chiefs so they have only won three out of the four matches.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 6 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Bulls have an intimidating record in Pretoria for any team but as the Cheetahs have yet to win away from home the Bulls have to be strong favourites. The Bulls should win by 8.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD on the Red Button.

Average score: Bulls 34 Cheetahs 22

Last five results
21 Feb 2014 Bulls v Cheetahs 9-15 Bloemfontein
01 Jun 2013 Bulls v Cheetahs 30-25 Bloemfontein
13 Apr 2013 Bulls v Cheetahs 26-20 Pretoria
30 Jun 2012 Bulls v Cheetahs 40-24 Pretoria
03 Mar 2012 Bulls v Cheetahs 51-19 Bloemfontein

Bulls overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 12, Wins 11, Losses 1, Draws 0

Match No. 74: Bulls v Cheetahs
Date :Saturday 3 May
Venue : Loftus Versfeld
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 2: Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff

Teams

Bulls

15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Akona Ndungane , 13. William Small-Smith , 12. Jan Serfontein , 11. Bjorn Basson , 10. Handre Pollard , 9. Francois Hougaard , 8. Grant Hattingh , 7. Jacques du Plessis, 6. Jono Ross , 5. Victor Matfield (c), 4. Paul Willemse , 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Callie Visagie, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi , 17. Morne Mellett ,18. Werner Kruger , 19. Jacques Engelbrecht , 20. Wimpie van der Walt , 21. Rudy Paige , 22. Jacques-Louis Potgieter , 23. JJ Engelbrecht

Cheetahs

1 Caylib Oosthuizen ,2 Adriaan Strauss (c ) ,3 Maks van Dyk ,4 Andries Ferreira ,5 Francois Uys ,6 Heinrich Brussow ,7 Jean Cook ,8 Boom Prinsloo ,9 Sarel Pretorius ,10 Elgar Watts ,11 Willie le Roux ( vc ) ,12 Ryno Benjamin ,13 Johann Sadie ,14 Raymond Rhule ,15 Hennie Daniller

Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld ,17. Trevor Nyakane ,18. Coenie Oosthuizen ,19. Ligtoring Landman ,20. Teboho Mohoje ,21. Shaun Venter ,22. Johan Goosen ,23. Cornal Hendricks

 
 
 
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