28-08-2021 Daily Predictions Currie Cup SA Bulls vs Cheetahs

Bulls vs Cheetahs

The Bulls are already assured of a home final while the Cheetahs are playing for pride.A victory for the home team will guarantee a home final if they get past the semis. The Cheetahs will look back at a season and wonder how things went so wrong. Their main problem all season has been their weak defence. They are a great attacking team and score loads of points but unfortunately they also concede a lot of tries. The Bulls on the other hand are the best defensive side in the competition but you would expect that with Jake White coaching them. The Cheetahs love to run the ball and with nothing to lose in this match expect to see them at their exciting best. They will need to be accurate in attack otherwise the Bulls will punish them with counter attacks. The Bulls have started their last few games very slowly but will look to correct that in this game.

TIP: The Cheetahs pack has improved as the season has progressed especially at scrum time with the emergence of props like Cameron Dawson. The Bulls have been strong in most areas of the game but if there is a weakness it is in the scrums. The Cheetahs will need to target this area to try and stay in the contest. The Cheetahs game plan will once again revolve around Ruan Pienaar and the experiment of playing him at 10 was a disaster. He should be back in his 9 position for this game and Brendon Thomson at 10. The Bulls always look for forward domination and if the Cheetahs can stand up to the Bulls pack then we could see a tight contest. The bookies have the Bulls as heavy favourites and I am also tipping them for the victory although I don’t think it will be as lopsided as the bookies suggest. The best odds on this bet are as follows:  Worldsportsbetting 1.16, Playabets 1.12 and Sunbet 1.17  

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Bulls vs Cheetahs

  • In the last five matches between the sides the Bulls have three wins to the Cheetahs two.
  • The Bulls in the last six home matches against the Cheetahs they have only lost once.
  • The last time the Cheetahs won in Pretoria was in 2019.

Latest results for both teams

The Bulls beat the Pumas 33-26 in their last match while the Cheetahs lost 28-19 to the Pumas in their last match.

PREDICTION

The Bulls will look to have a final run out before the semis and if they can secure a sizeable lead then we could see the fringe players get a run. The Cheetahs on the other hand will look to end their disappointing season on a high and cause a massive upset. The Bulls have looked at their best after the arrival of Johan Goosen. He has a great attacking mindset and his ability to bring his backs into the game has set him apart from other 10s this season. The Cheetahs have their own attacking maestro in Clayton Blommetjies. He is an amazing player when the game opens up and his counter attacking abilities are probably the best in the competition.I expect that the Bulls will be too strong for the Cheetahs therefore I predict a Bulls win by less than 14 points

  • Probable Starting XVs

Bulls

15 Richard Kriel, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Arno Botha (Captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.

Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 David Brits, 12 Siya Masuka, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Brendon Thomson, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Jean Drosté, 4 Victor Sekekete, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Cameron Dawson.

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Bulls victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.65

Playabets 1.66

Sunbet 1.62

Odds comparison on the Cheetahs handicap:

The complete odds on the Cheetahs handicap:

Worldsportsbetting (+14.5) 1.90

Sunbet (+14.5) 1.83

Playabets (+13.5) 1.89

Predictions and Odds in details

This is a match that should suit the Cheetahs style of play as they have the opportunity to throw the ball around as this is a dead rubber for them. The Bulls need to guard against complacency against a dangerous team like the Cheetahs. They will look to the forwards to dominate and win penalties. They will use their biggest attacking weapon, the rolling maul. The Bulls are the best in the business with the maul and the Cheetahs need to find a way to stop them. The Cheetahs will also need to be well disciplined as the Bulls will go to their rolling maul if they are awarded any penalties. I feel that the Bulls will make a raft of changes in the second half and this will allow the Cheetahs to score more points late in the game. It’s for this reason that I suggest the handicap bet on the Cheetahs. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+14.5) 1.90, Sunbet (+14.5) 1.83 and Playabets (+13.5) 1.89

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