SR: Vodacom Bulls 26,Toyota Cheetahs 21


In the only derby match of the weekend there will be a touch of revenge on the cards.

When the two teams met back in Round Two, in February, the Cheetahs recorded their first-ever Super Rugby win over the Bulls since the Cheetahs went solo in 2006. Despite being unable to replicate last season success, the Cheetahs showed last week against the Stormers just how devastating they can be when they do get it right.

While the Cheetahs against showed they have the ability to score tries, Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie felt they first need to win the battle up front before thinking of any expansive play.

Recent results:
2014: Cheetahs won 15-9, Bloemfontein
2013: Bulls won 30-25, Bloemfontein
2013: Bulls won 26-20, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 40-24, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 51-19, Bloemfontein
2011: Bulls won 32-21, Pretoria
2011: Bulls won 25-23, Bloemfontein


Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Wimpie van der Walt, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 Johannes Engelbrecht.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Rynhardt Landman, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Cornal Hendricks.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Cobus Wessels (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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    May 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Wow, that was close. Think Pollard and Small smith stepped up really well in their first start.

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    May 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Tough one for the Fun Bunch today. So good to have Brussouw back.
    Just caught ending so will have to review.
    Beating ZeeBulls @ home in Gomorrah just a bridge too far this year.

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    May 4, 2014 at 3:56 am


    Pollard had some howlers there in the beginning. Almost singlehandedly handing then game to the Cheetahs

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    May 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

    He made mistakes Timeo, call it youthfull exhubarence (not sure of spelling). But I reckon he came into his own as the game moved on, he hasnt played a lot this year, but I really likes what I saw from him.

    Way to early to call him successfull as a Bulls flyhalf or the future at 10, but I was happy with his game and there is no denying the fact that he has talent and played a lot flatter than our other flyhalves. He just needs to learn to curb the enthuisiasm at times, but that will come as he plays more. Throwing a skip pass that flat is a stupid mistake, but he will grow me thinks.

  5. DavidS


    May 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Have to agree there. As the ame continued Pollard settled well.

  6. DavidS


    May 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Poor Heyneke Meyer must be clawing his eyes…

    There simply are not any good international quality players coming through the “systems” at the schools…

    You’re no longer seeing the meteoric Frans Steyn Pierre Spies types exploding out of youth systems in the schools.

    Even the usual age of rising between 22 and 25 is not showing anyone arising. There are some weak pretenders like Paul Willemse and Faf De Klerk trying to rise up but the truth is nobody is uncovering Top 3 quality talent to challenge the All Blacks’ hegemony of world rugby.

    And there are morons here who wonder why he has to go overseas to look for players…

    And as for the message for the youngsters…

    It’s simple

    You’re not good enough work harder…

    There is nothing wrong with that message.

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    Cheetah Glory

    May 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm


    Dawie is the problem not that we expect the ‘old’ system to deliver magic when instead we should improve our player development systems once players leave school?

    I am still very excited at what Louis Botha has done – and slightly surprised that jounalists do not pick up on this. Rhule and Mahoje are the real deal, and both manufactured from a very unlikely source, and one that SARU seems to neglect somewhat.


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