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Cheetahs hoping for rare Bulls double

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The Cheetahs are hoping to achieve something few teams have done in Super Rugby by winning back to back matches against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

The men in blue won the first 11 of their matches against the Free Staters, but lost in their final encounter last year, by 42-29 in Pretoria.

The Bulls have made steady progress since an opening round defeat to the Stormers, and they have won two matches and drawn one since that defeat.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has made only one change to his side. The 22-year-old Nico Lee will make his Super Rugby debut at inside centre as replacement for the injured Joubert Engelbrecht, who was ruled out of action after he sustained an upper arm injury last weekend while in action against the Brumbies.

Cheetahs lineout kingpin Francois Uys has won 27 lineouts so far this season, the third most of any player in the competition, and the visitors will hope his form will continue to secure them an advantage in this area.

Said Smith: “We have a lot of ability with ball in hand and our set pieces are looking good compared to last year. My main aim is to compare us to previous Cheetahs teams … so there is progress and from there we can compete with the rest.”

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