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The final Super Rugby match match on Saturday in Round 6 is in Pretoria where the Bulls will host the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld.

The Bulls beat the Sunwolves last week in Singapore whole the Cheetahs were beaten 18-25 at home in Bloemfontein by the Brumbies.

The Bulls have played four matches and won two, drawn one and lost one so far while the Cheetahs have played five matches and lost four.

The Cheetahs one and only victory was a 31-32 victory over the Sunwolves in Singapore.

The Bulls have played the Cheetahs 15 times in Super Rugby since 2006 and they have won 13 matches and lost two. This gives the Bulls a record of winning 87% of their matches against the Cheetahs.

The Bulls have hosted the Cheetahs seven times Pretoria and they have won 6 matches and lost one. This gives the Bulls a record of winning 86% of their home matches.

The average score when the Bulls play the Cheetahs in Pretoria is Bulls 29 Cheetahs 24.

For this match the Cheetahs have made one change to the side that lost to the Brumbies. Joubert Engelbrecht injured his upper arm last week on his Super Rugby debut match against the Brumbies so he has been ruled out for this week.

Engelbrecht’s injury has opened the way for Nico Lee to come into the side at centre where he will partner Francois Venter. The bench is unchanged.

The Bulls have lost Warrick Gelant for up to six weeks so they have moved Jesse Kriel to fullback. Elsewhere in the backline Travis Ismaiel returns to the starting team as right wing, with Jamba Ulengo replacing the injured Bjorn Basson on the left wing.

Jan Serfontein will return to the midfield to link up with Burger Odendaal. His place on the bench will be taken by SP Marais.

The former Southern Kings and Sharks player could debut for the Bulls if he takes to the field.

Marais also bracketed Arno Botha and Nic de Jager at the back of the scrum. Lappies Labuschagne is back to full fitness and is named on the bench pending this afternoon’s training session, with De Jager as possible cover, should Labuschagne pull out.

Scrumhalf Piet van Zyl has been released to the Currie Cup team for match fitness and Ivan van Zyl will deputise at scrumhalf.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 10 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Bulls have home advantage and very few teams are able to beat them in Pretoria. The Bulls should win this by six or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2 on the Red Button.

Average score: Bulls 33 Cheetahs 23

Last five results
13 Jun 2015 Bulls v Cheetahs 29-42 Pretoria
07 Mar 2015 Bulls v Cheetahs 39-20 Bloemfontein
03 May 2014 Bulls v Cheetahs 26-21 Pretoria
21 Feb 2014 Bulls v Cheetahs 9-15 Bloemfontein
01 Jun 2013 Bulls v Cheetahs 30-25 Bloemfontein

Bulls overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 15, Wins 13 , Losses 2 , Draws 0

Match No.47:Bulls v Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 2 April 2016
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Bulls

Jesse Kriel, Travis Ismaiel, Jan Serfontein , Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo, Tian Schoeman, Rudy Paige, Arno Botha/Nic de Jager , Jannes Kirsten, Roelof Smit, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Marcel van der Merwe , Adriaan Strauss, Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: Bandise Maku, Trevor Nyakane , Pierre Schoeman, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Lappies Labuschagne , Ivan van Zyl, Francois Brummer, SP Marais.

Cheetahs

1. Ox Nche , 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld , 3. Johan Coetzee , 4. Lodewyk de Jager (vc) , 5. Francois Uys , 6. Boom Prinsloo , 7. Uzair Cassiem , 8. Paul Schoeman , 9. Shaun Venter , 10. Niel Marais , 11. Raymond Rhule , 12. Nico Lee , 13. Francois Venter (C) , 14. Sergeal Petersen , 15. Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements: 16. Jacques du Toit , 17. Charles Marais , 18. Maks van Dyk , 19. Carl Wegner , 20. Hilton Lobberts , 21. Henco Venter , 22. Tian Meyer , 23. Fred Zeilinga

 

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