The first action in Round 2 of Super Rugby Unlocked sees the Cheetahs host the Bulls in Bloemfontein with both sides looking to make it two wins from two outings
Cheetahs v Bulls, Friday 16th October, Bloemfontein, KO 19:00 (South African time)
Referee: Jadezweni Cwengile
Assistant referees: Colby Griffin, Crouse Ben
TMO: Jacobs AJ
Weather Forecast - Bloemfontein
The Cheetahs made a winning start against the Pumas last week. They came out on top 53-31, scoring 8 tries to 4 and the bonus point sees them set the early pace at the top of the standings. Six of the Cheetahs tries came in the first 40 minutes of rugby, they led 41-3 at one stage but the eventual margin of victory came in at around where the bookmakers pre-match handicap had been set. Malcolm Jaer scored 3 tries and Rosco Spekman 2.
After this the Cheetahs hit the road and they won't return to Bloem until the final round of matches.
In the outright betting to win this tournament the Cheetahs are trading at around 9/1 (from 20/1).
Cheetahs Fixtures and Results
R1 Pumas (h) won 53-31, R2 Bulls (h), R3 Lions (a), R4 bye, R5 Sharks (a), R6 Stormers (a), R7 Griquas (h).
The Bulls were heavy favourites for their opening round clash with the Griquas at Loftus. Although their opponents were given more than 20 points start on the pre-match handicap Jake White's side eventually ran out narrow winners, 30-23. The Bulls conceded the first 10 points of the game and only took the lead just after the hour mark. The try count was shared 3-3 and the Bulls, who would probably have expected to bag a bonus point, were unconvincing.
The Bulls still have 3 more home games to including key clashes with the Sharks and Stormers and in the outright betting to win this tournament they are now trading at around 33/10 (from 2/1).
Bulls Fixtures and Results
R1 Griquas (h) won 30-23, R2 Cheetahs (a), R3 Sharks (h), R4 Stormers (h), R5 Lions (a), R6 bye, R7 Pumas (h).
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Boan Venter, 18 Erich de Jager, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Chris Massyn, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 William Small-Smith.
Bulls: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 David Kriel, 13 Cornal Hendricks, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen (Captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Stedman Gans
Recent Head to Head
2017 Pretoria Bulls 20-14 Cheetahs (Tries 2-1)
2017 Bloemfontein Cheetahs 34-28 Bulls (Tries 4-3)
2016 Bloemfontein Cheetahs 17-43 Bulls (Tries 2-5)
2016 Pretoria Bulls 23-18 Cheetahs (Tries 3-2)
2019 Blue Bulls 27-43 Cheetahs
2018 Cheetahs 12-34 Blue Bulls
2017 Cheetahs 36-64 Blue Bulls
2017 Blue Bulls 40-41 Cheetahs
2016 Cheetahs 36–16 Blue Bulls (Final)
2016 Cheetahs 43–20 Blue Bulls
Average early prices, to be updated
Cheetahs -2.5 points at 9/10
Bulls +2.5 points at 9/10
Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
I priced this game as (-5.5) when I handicapped all 3 matches on Sunday and so in theory I should be climbing into the home team, the Cheetahs at current odds. I can’t shake this feeling that the Bulls are going to deliver am improved performance though and while I wait in anticipation for the points lines I am going to go with the Bulls to win the match outright.
BET: 3 Units Bulls win at 13/10 at Betxchange
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