The Cheetahs host the Bulls at the Toyota Stadium in Super Rugby Unlocked on Friday. Both teams come off a victory in the previous round but it was the Cheetahs who impressed the most. This is historically a high-scoring affair but the Cheetahs look to be in better form at the moment.
While many teams were rusty in the first week back of rugby the Cheetahs came flying out of the blocks. Their 53-31 victory over the Pumas on the opening weekend of Super Rugby Unlocked was perhaps more impressive that the scoreline suggests.
Complacency crept in during the second half which allowed the Pumas to score a few late tries but the Cheetahs were completely dominant for the first 60 minutes. The Pumas are likely the weakest team in the competition but the Cheetahs made them look like an amateur club at times.
The Cheetahs have picked an unchanged line-up after their impressive victory over the Pumas last weekend. Clayton Blommetjies will make his 100th appearance for the franchise.
The Bulls began their Super Rugby Unlocked season with a very unconvincing victory over the Griquas. New head coach, Jake White was not pleased with his sides’ performance but the former World Cup winning coach is confident of getting the best out of this Bulls side.
Last week the Bulls were very fortunate after the Griquas led for much of the match before a late flurry of points secured the Bulls a 30-23 win. The Griquas are known as a team capable of upsetting the odds but they are also largely expected to finish within the bottom two of Super Rugby Unlocked.
The Bulls have made five changes to the side that narrowly escaped against Griquas last week. The biggest change being that of eighth-man, Duane Vermeulen who comes in for Tim Agaba.
At hooker Johan Grobbelaar replaces Corniel Els. Embrose Papier comes in for Ivan van Zyl at scrum-half while Clinton Swart starts at inside centre with Corniel Hendricks shifting to outside centre.
David Kriel moves to the wing as Travis Ismaiel misses out on the squad completely. Loose-forward Nizaam Carr could come off the bench to make his Bulls debut.
Cheetahs vs Bulls Head to Head
The Cheetahs and Bulls are level at 2-2 in their last four matches. The last time they met was in the 2019 Currie where the Cheetahs won 43-27 at Loftus Versfeld. Three of their last four encounters have cleared the 50 point mark in the match.
Cheetahs vs Bulls Odds
Cheetahs are favourites at 1.72 with the Bulls priced at 2.20. A draw paying 21.00 with bet365
The handicap for this match is set at two points.
Cheetahs vs Bulls Match Up
Two very contrasting styles of play will clash on Friday. The Bulls will look to dominate physically and turn it into a set piece battle while the Cheetahs will keep the ball alive and minimise rucks. This promises to be a cracking encounter and should the weather play ball, plenty of points can be expected.
Cheetahs vs Bulls Stats
- Cheetahs won their last match 52-31 in Super Rugby Unlocked.
- Cheetahs won their last match agains the Bulls 43-27.
- Cheetahs won the 2019 Currie Cup.
- Bulls won their last match 30-23 in Super Rugby Unlocked.