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Bulls vs Cheetahs Super Rugby Preview

Adriaan Strauss runs into the Bulls defence

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Article Published: Thursday 11 April 2013|

The Cheetahs are this year's surprise Super Rugby package and they have won a franchise record of five matches in a row.

They will however come up against a team this weekend that they have never beaten before in Super Rugby.

The Bulls have played the Cheetahs nine times since the Bloemfontein team joined Super Rugby in 2006 and the Bulls have won all nine.

The surprising thing about the Bulls and the Cheetahs in Super Rugby is that the Bulls have a clean sheet against the Cheetahs but later in the year in Currie Cup rugby the Cheetahs regularly beat the Blue Bulls.

The average score when the Bulls play the Cheetahs is Bulls 38 Cheetahs 22 but strangely when they play at Loftus it is Bulls 31 Cheetahs 21.

Historically the closest the Cheetahs have come to upsetting the Pretorians, was in 2011 in Bloem, when they lost 23-25. Last year, the Bulls won both derbies easily (51-19 at the Free State Stadium and 40-24 at Loftus).

While the Cheetahs are on a five match winning streak the Bulls are on a three match losing streak and will be coming off a bye.

"We feel that we left some points on the road, but now have a good stretch back home where we play ourselves back into those important play-off positions," said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

"The rest did wonders to all and I am pleased with the way we prepared for this one."

Bulls captain Pierre Spies admitted that it will be good playing in front of their home support again.

"We will certainly need all the support we can get against a Cheetahs side that is playing with a lot of confidence and momentum," said Spies.

"History counts for nothing in this one, so past performances will have no bearing on this clash. We will have to front up from the first minute of play to the last. The Cheetahs play for 80 minutes and we need to make sure we play our style and on our terms."

Naka Drotske, coach of the Cheetahs, said his team is looking forward to the trip to Pretoria, but that they know it will be very tough at Loftus.

"Like we were against the Stormers, we'll still be the underdogs against the Bulls," Drotske said.

"We have a bunch of young players who have surprised everyone in Super Rugby, especially with regards to fitness. And that is one thing you need against the Bulls. But at Loftus against the Bulls I don't think the visitors are ever the favourites.

"We couldn't beat the Stormers since 2007 and we haven't beaten the Bulls at Loftus in Super Rugby. But well keep on working hard."

Loftus is known for being at altitude so we think the Bulls will start slowly and finish strongly as they have had some rest while the Cheetahs will only get a bye in Round 12.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 6 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think home advantage will JUST get the Bulls home in this one. The Bulls should win by 2.

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

Average score: Bulls 38 Cheetahs 22

Last five results
30 Jun 2012 Bulls v Cheetahs 40-24 Pretoria
03 Mar 2012 Bulls v Cheetahs 51-19 Bloemfontein
28 May 2011 Bulls v Cheetahs 32-21 Pretoria
25 Feb 2011 Bulls v Cheetahs 25-23 Bloemfontein
12 Feb 2010 Bulls v Cheetahs 51-34 Bloemfontein

Bulls overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 9, Wins 9, Losses 0, Draws 0

Match No.55: Bulls vs Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 13 April
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 19.10
Referee: Jason Jaftha (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa),
Assistant Ref 2:Sieg van Staden (South Africa)
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee (South Africa)



Jürgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht , Jan Serfontein , Lionel Mapoe, Morne Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Pierre Spies (c), Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe , Frik Kirsten, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Morne Mellet.

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Werner Kruger, Paul Willemse, Arno Botha, Rudy Paige, Louis Fouche , Ulrich Beyers.


Trevor Nyakane,Adriaan Strauss (captain), Lourens Adriaanse, Lodewyk de Jager, Francois Uys, Heinrich Brussow, Lappies Labuschagne, Phillip van der Walt,Piet van Zyl, Burton Francis, Raymond Rhule, Robert Ebersohn,Johan Sadie, Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Coenie Oosthuisen, Landman Ligtoring, Frans Viljoen , Tewis de Bruyn, Brummer Francois, Ryno Benjamin.

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