Cheetahs v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Cheetahs and the Bulls the Bloemfontein based side have won one and lost four.

The Cheetahs have played the Bulls 13 times since they joined Super Rugby 10 years ago and in those 13 matches the Cheetahs have won once.

That one victory – last year in February – means that the Cheetahs have a record of winning 8% of their matches against the Bulls.

The average score when the Cheetahs play the Bulls regardless of venue is : Cheetahs 22 Bulls 33.

This weekend the match will be played in Bloemfontein where the Cheetahs have home advantage and where the teams have met 7 times.

In those seven Super Rugby matches the Cheetahs have won secured one win which gives them a record in Bloemfontein of winning 14% of their matches against the Bulls.

The average score when the Cheetahs play the Bulls in Bloemfontein is : Cheetahs 22 Bulls 37.

Having edged the Blues last week with a late penalty the Cheetahs have kept changes to a minimum. Willie Britz’s hamstring injury has opened the door for Jean Cook to start at No.8.

Cook started in last week’s match against the Blues on the flank and his place is taken by Boom Prinsloo who has been promoted from the replacements bench where former Southern King and Sharks forward Steven Sykes comes into the team.

The Bulls earned a late bonus point victory over the Sharks last week and this was their first win in 2015 so coach Frans Ludeke has retained the team from last week.

On the replacements bench Ludeke has made one change with Piet van Zyl returning to face his former Bloemfontein Super Rugby side.

The Cheetahs are unbeaten after three matches this season while the Bulls have played three and won just one.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 1 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Bulls domination of the Cheetahs historically is too hard to ignore and the Cheetahs might have been fortunate last week against the Blues. The Bulls should win this by 5.

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

Average score: Cheetahs 22 Bulls 33

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

Cheetahs overall record against the Bulls
Played 13, Wins 1, Losses 12, Draws 0

Match No.26: Cheetahs v Bulls
Date : Saturday 7 March 2015
Venue : Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick Off local: 17:05 local, 02:05* AEDT, 04:05* NZDT
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Lourens van der Merwe
TMO : Johan Greeff

Teams

Cheetahs

1 Danie Mienie, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 5 Francois Uys (C ), 6 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 8 Jean Cook, 9 Sarel Pretorius (VC), 10 Joe Petersen, 11 Raymond Rhule, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 13 Francois Venter, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 15 Willie le Roux

Replacements : 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. BG Uys, 18. Maks van Dyk, 19. Tienie Burger, 20. Steven Sykes, 21. Tian Meyer, 22. Willie du Plessis, 23. Johann Sadie

Bulls

Jesse Kriel, Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Francois Hougaard, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies (c), Lappies Labuschagne, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield , Jacques du Plessis , Trevor Nyakane , Adriaan Strauss, Morne Mellett

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling, Marcel van der Merwe, Grant Hattingh, Hanro Liebenberg, Tian Schoeman, Piet van Zyl, Jurgen Visser.

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