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Ben Alexander is brought to ground by the Cheetahs in their last meeting

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Article Published: Thursday 18 July 2013|

The Brumbies have played the Cheetahs just seven times since the Bloemfontein franchise joined Super Rugby in 2006 and won just over 70% of the matches.

This year the Super Rugby draw caused the Brumbies and Cheetahs to miss out on playing each other so the last time they played was in March 2012.

The Cheetahs are in their first ever Super Rugby finals match after a remarkable year. Not only did they finish second in the South African conference but they have also beaten all four of their Australian opponents so far.

From the seven clashes between the Super Rugby teams the Brumbies have won 5 and lost two matches.

There have been no draws between the teams which means that the Brumbies have a record of winning 71.4% of their matches against the Cheetahs.

The average score across all venues when the Brumbies play the Cheetahs is : Brumbies 38 Cheetahs 28.

This weekend the Brumbies have home advantage as the match is in Canberra where the teams have played each other four times.

The Brumbies have won all four of their home matches against the Cheetahs and the average score in Canberra is Brumbies 42 Cheetahs 20.

The Cheetahs have named an unchanged side for this week as they have kept the same squad that beat the Blues two weeks ago.

A big problem this week for the Cheetahs is that they had the bye last week and if their record this year is anything to go by they will struggle this week. The last time they had a bye was in the 12th round and in the week after the bye they lost to the Hurricanes at home.

The Brumbies lost their first match back from a bye last week in Perth so they can be expected to be more up to match speed.

Both teams have had to travel to get to Canberra but the Brumbies only had to travel from Perth compared to Bloemfontein.

In 2013 the Cheetahs played eight matches away from home and they won five and lost three. That gives them a record of winning 62.5% of their away matches this year.

The Brumbies also played eight home matches in 2013 and they won 6, lost one and drew one match. This record gives the Brumbies a record of winning 75% of their home matches in 2013.

Statistically the Brumbies can say that they are unbeaten in 78.5% of their matches at home this year due to the draw.

The Brumbies had not named their team to play the Cheetahs on Sunday at the time of writing but no major surprises were expected. George Smith was guaranteed a start by coach Jake White earlier in the week.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Brumbies home record in 2013 coupled with the fact that the Cheetahs have never won in Canberra and their bye last week has to make the Brumbies favourites. The Brumbies should win by 10.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Brumbies 38 Cheetahs 28

Last five results
10 Mar 2012 Brumbies v Cheetahs 24-23 Canberra
29 Apr 2011 Brumbies v Cheetahs 36-47 Bloemfontein
10 Apr 2010 Brumbies v Cheetahs 61-15 Canberra
04 Apr 2009 Brumbies v Cheetahs 40-27 Bloemfontein
21 Mar 2008 Brumbies v Cheetahs 29-23 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 7 ,Wins 5 ,Losses 2 ,Draws 0

Match No.122/125: Brumbies v Cheetahs
Date : Sunday, 21 July, 2013
Venue : Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia
Kick Off : (1610 local, 1810 NZT, 0810 SAT, 0610 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 1: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia),
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie (Australia)
TMO : Matt Goddard (Australia)



1. Scott Sio,2. Stephen Moore,3. Ben Alexander,4. Scott Fardy ,5. Sam Carter,6. Peter Kimlin,7. George Smith,8. Ben Mowen (c),9. Nic White,10. Matt Toomua,11. Clyde Rathbone,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Tevita Kuridrani,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements : 16. Siliva Siliva,17. Ruan Smith,18. Fotu Auelua,19. Colby Faingaa,20. Ian Prior,21. Andrew Smith,22. Joe Tomane


15. Hennie Daniller, 14.Willie le Roux, 13.Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn (VC) , 11.Raymond Rhule , 10. Riaan Smit, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7.Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Ligtoring Landman, 4. Lodewyk de Jager, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Adriaan Strauss (C), 1.Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18.Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20.Sarel Pretorius, 21. Elgar Watts, 22.Ryno Benjamin

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