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The Cheetahs and the Bulls bring the curtain down on Round 2 of the 2017 Super Rugby tournament at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday, when they clash in a South African derby. The Cheetahs were also at home in Bloem in Round 1, when they faced the losing finalists from 2016 the Lions. After going into the half-time break all square at 6-6, the home side came up just short by the final whistle, going down by 25-28. A losing bonus point being scant consolation for their efforts.
Derby matches haven't brought the Cheetahs much joy in recent times, with just one win in seven attempts in 2016, and that came at home to the Kings, who finished the season in bottom but one position on the overall ladder. There were many who quietly fancied the Bulls to cause an upset last weekend when they travelled to take on the Stormers. In the event, they were blown away by their hosts, who were 24-0 ahead by the interval. Although they battled hard after the break, they eventually went down 24-37. The two sides have played each other 17 times in Super Rugby, with the Bulls victorious on 15 occasions, including a season's double in 2016. The result in Bloem last season saw the visitors triumph by 43-17.
Posted: 16th July 2016
The Cheetahs complete a disappointing 2016 Rugby Season on Saturday, when they host the Bulls in Bloemfontein. Although the Cheetahs gave a competitive performance against the Sharks last weekend, they eventually ran out of steam and were beaten 10-26, leaving them still, with just four wins to their credit in the current campaign. All four of those victories came against other struggling outfits. The Tokyo based Sunwolves in their Super Rugby debut season were beaten both home and away, while the Kings and the Force were also defeated in Bloem.
The victory over the Kings was the only South African derby win in five attempts this season. If they manage to upset the Bulls on Saturday, it will be just a third victory in 17 Super Rugby fixtures between the two teams. The Bulls are not entirely out of contention to extend their season into the play-off phase of the tournament. But they require the Sunwolves to cause quite an upset on Friday, and beat the Sharks in Durban. If the Sharks do slip up, then a Bulls win would see them claim a wild card quarter final spot. When the Bulls hosted the Cheetahs earlier in 2016 in Pretoria, they were triumphant by 23-18, outscoring the visitors by 3-2 tries.
Posted: 7th March 2015
The Cheetahs have started the Super Rugby season with two wins from their two fixtures to date, and will look to continue their 100% winning start when they face the Bulls in Bloemfontein on Saturday. In the opening round of matches, the Cheetahs pulled off a major surprise by beating last season’s run away Conference winners the Sharks in Durban by 35-29, they then squeezed past the Blues last weekend in Bloem by just 25-24. Their two wins have seen them score seven tries already. In 2014 when the two sides clashed in Bloemfontein, they failed to manage a try between them, with the home side getting the win by 15-9. A win that ended a run of six successive defeats for the Cheetahs at home to the Bulls. The previous four matches at the venue between the two sides has seen a minimum of 6 tries being scored between the protagonists, with the Bulls coming out on top on each occasion.
Saturday’s match will be the first away game of 2015 for the Bulls. However, home advantage has not been very productive for them so far. They opened with defeats to the Stormers and the Hurricanes, despite being favourites to win both games. Last week, when they might have been considered underdogs, they defeated the Sharks by 43-35.
Posted: 21st February 2014
Having lost their Super Rugby season opener by the narrowest of margins last weekend 21-20 to the Lions, the Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotske, has kept an unchanged side for the match against the Bulls in round 2 in Bloemfontein this week. While the Cheetahs were disappointed to only take a losing bonus point from their clash with the Lions, they led for most of the game, and were only beaten as the result of a late drop goal. They also scored the only tries of that contest. However, on the downside, their discipline was poor, and the penalty count ultimately cost them the match. The only change that Drotske has made, is amongst the reserves. With Hennie Daniller returning to wear the number 23 shirt in place of Rayno Benjamin, who drops out of the matchday squad altogether. The Bulls, who were heavily defeated 31-16 by the Sharks in their season opener, will have to cope without their skipper, Pierre Spies, who has been forced to withdraw to withdraw from the side for this weekend's game, with an elbow injury sustained against the Sharks last weekend. Spies had hoped to recover in time to take his place in the starting line up. However, his optimism was misplaced.
In Spies absence, the captaincy will be taken over by Springbok second rower Flip van der Merwe, with Jacques Engelbrecht taking Spies place in the starting line up. Engelbrecht's place on the bench will be filled by Wian Liebenberg, who will be making his Super Rugby debut, should he take the field.
Posted: 1st June 2013
The pick of this weekend’s South African conference fixture games is the one between the Cheetahs and the Bulls in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening. Join hundreds of rugby fans at watchliverugby.tv and see Bulls v Cheetahs live on your computer. The two sides are 1 and 2 on the South African conference log currently and a win for the Bulls will as good as see Frans Ludeke side crowned SA conference winners. The Cheetahs are five points behind the Bulls, with 45 points to the latter’s 50.
The Bulls ground out a hard fought victory over the injury hit Sharks last weekend at Kings Park. While their scrum struggled, the Bulls had the ascendancy in the lineouts and Morne Steyn prolific boot saw them edge the error strewn fixture 18-16. The Sharks had their chances and a side more clinical than John Plumtree side would have definitely punished the Bulls for their uncharacteristically poor performance. The Cheetahs came from behind to register a simple 34-22 win over the Kings last weekend. More importantly the men from Bloem picked up a bonus point and with a bye still awaiting them, victory against the Bulls could see them become serious contenders for conference honours. Sign up today and see Bulls v Toyota Cheetahs live streaming action as it happens.
Posted: 3rd March 2012
Saturday, March 3rd, the Cheetahs face the Bulls in Super Rugby in a match in Bloemfontein. The match is at 17:05 local time. The Cheetahs and the Bulls, the two teams interlocked in a match this week, are both in the South African Super Rugby Conference Table. The Bulls are in second place at the moment, after winning their first game and scoring four points. The Stormers and the Lions also have four points each. The Cheetahs on the other hand are in fourth with one point, after losing the first game that they played this season.
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Tags: Super Rugby
, Free State Stadium
, Rayno Benjamin
, Pierre Spies
, Wian Liebenberg
, Frans Ludeke
, Morne Steyn
, John Plumtree