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The only South African derby in this weekend's Super Rugby Tournament, sees the Bulls and the Cheetahs face each other at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The Bulls have played two previous derbies in 2016 and have yet to taste success. They suffered a heavy loss in Cape Town against the Stormers by 9-33, but did much better on home soil when sharing a 16-16 draw with the Sharks. The Bulls two sins this season, came against the touring Rebels at Loftus, and in Singapore last weekend, when they squeezed past the Sunwolves by 30-27.
It total in 2016, the Bulls have accumulated 10 points, which leaves the in 11th position on the overall table, and three points adrift of the Lions who are currently holding the African Conference Wild Card. The Cheetahs only victory this season, also came in Singapore against the Sunwolves, where they recorded an even narrower success than the Bulls, getting home by just 32-31. Two previous derby fixtures in 2016 have ended in defeat. On home soil at Loftus, the Stormers went away with a 20-10 win, while a trip to the Lions ended in a 22-39 loss. The Cheetahs have only won two of 15 Super Rugby encounters against the Bulls, but one of those successes was last season in Pretoria, when they were victorious by 42-29.
Posted: 13th June 2015
The Bulls and the Cheetahs bring the curtain down on their 2015 Super Rugby season on Saturday, with nothing more than pride at stake, in the South African derby. At the end of Round 13, the Bulls were still very much in the hunt to win the South African Conference and take a place in the post-season play-offs. However, it was at that stage that they set off on tour. Four matches, and four straight defeats, has seen those hopes completely shattered, with last weekend's 20-21 reverse in Melbourne against the Rebels, the final nail in their coffin. The Cheetahs picked up a try-scoring bonus point last weekend, despite a defeat to the Waratahs in Bloem. But the final result was an emphatic 58-33 win for the reigning Champions, who themselves crossed the Cheetahs line nine times. Back in Round 12, the Cheetahs recorded a stunning 25-17 win over the Stormers. However, since then, they have managed to leak tries at an alarming rate, with 25 being dotted down in just four games. All of which, were not surprisingly lost.
The previous meeting in 2015, in Bloem back in Round 4, saw the Bulls win by 39-20, although they failed to get a bonus point, maning just three tries. That win was one of 13 that the Bulls have managed against the Cheetahs in Super Rugby, from 14 contests at any venue. The Cheetahs solitary success coming in Bloem in 2014.
Posted: 3rd May 2014
The all South African clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday would appear to be a contest for the supporters of both sides only. Although the Bulls are second in the South African Conference, they trail the Sharks by a massive 11 points, and although they are only four points behind the sixth place Waratahs, they have played a game more, and two games more than the Highlanders and the Crusaders who are both above them in the table, and chasing wild card play-off positions. The Cheetahs are in 14th position out of the 15 sides involved in the competition, and have recorded just two wins from their ten games. Naka Drotske, the Cheetahs coach, has kept the same starting XV that began last week’s win over the bottom of the table Stormers last weekend. The only change to the match day 23, from the squad that defeated the Stormers 35-22, is on the bench, with Johan Goosen replacing Riaan Smit.
Cheetahs skipper, Adriaan Strauss will be making his 100th appearance in Super Rugby on Saturday. He made his first appearance at the same venue back in March 2006, when he played for the Bulls against the Hurricanes. The Bulls will be anxious to avoid another slip up against the Cheetahs, who broke their Super Rugby duck against the Bulls earlier in 2014.
Posted: 30th June 2012
In Super Rugby this week, the Bulls and the Cheetahs will play in Pretoria on Saturday, the 30th of June. They will go head to head at 19:10 local time and two hours earlier GMT. The Bulls are one of the three Wild Card teams in the standings right now, with thirteen games played and eight wins out of those games. They have 49 points right now, the same number of points as the Brumbies. The other two teams that are Wild Card Teams are the Crusaders, who are in fourth place and the Hurricanes who are currently in sixth.
As for the Cheetahs, we find them in the tenth spot on the standings, with 36 points. The table is currently led by the Chiefs, who have 58 points and then Stormers come in second and the Brumbies take the third spot.
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