Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)Last meeting: Round 16 2012 – Bulls 40 bt Cheetahs 24 at Loftus VersfeldHead-to-head: Played 10 Bulls 9 Cheetahs 1In Pretoria: Played 5 Bulls 4 Cheetahs 1Referee: Jason Jaftha (RSA)TV: Live, FoxSports 2TAB Sportsbet: Bulls $1.40 Cheetahs $2.80
Steve Samuelson writes: The Bulls have lost their past three games while the Cheetahs are riding a franchise record of five consecutive wins. The Bulls welcome back Akona Ndungane and Flip van der Merwe but have lost Springboks fullback Zane Kirchner. Flip a coin.
AAP writes: The Cheetahs continue to defy and surprise and, once again, they will go in as underdogs despite a five-match winning run. Their red-time escape act against the Stormers shows they boast great staying power and will like their chances of a rare win over the Bulls.
The home side have Springbok duo Akona Ndungane and Flip van der Merwe returning after four weeks out while they’re also refreshed following a bye. Youngster Jan Serfontein has added some welcome creativity to the Bulls backline. That’s something the Cheetahs have in spades and Burton Francis has covered the loss of Johan Goosen by stepping up at No.10.
BULLS: Jürgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Lionel Mapoe, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Pierre Spies (capt), Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Frik Kirsten, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Morné Mellet. Reserves: Callie Visagie, Werner Kruger, Paul Willemse, Arno Botha, Rudy Paige, Louis Fouchè, Ulrich Beyers
CHEETAHS: Hennie Daniller, Willie le Roux, Johan Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Raymond Rhule, Burton Francis, Piet van Zyl, Philip van der Walt, Pieter Labuschagne, Heinrich Brüssow, Francois Uys, Lodewyk De Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (capt), Trevor Nyakane. Reserves: Ryno Barnes, Coenie Oosthuizen, Rynhard Landman, Frans Viljoen, Tewis de Bruyn, Francois Brummer, Ryno Benjamin
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