Preview: Vodacom Free State Cheetahs v Vodacom Blue Bulls

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Cheetahs v Bulls

Head to Head: Vodacom Free State Cheetahs v Vodacom Blue Bulls (since 2005)

P: 16 W: 6 L: 9 D: 1 PF: 369 PA: 400

20/08/2005 FS Cheetahs 16 Blue Bulls 26 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
24/09/2005 FS Cheetahs 22 Blue Bulls 26 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
22/10/2005 FS Cheetahs 29 Blue Bulls 25 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Absa Currie Cup Final
05/08/2006 FS Cheetahs 12 Blue Bulls 24 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
30/09/2006 FS Cheetahs 31 Blue Bulls 41 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
14/10/2006 FS Cheetahs 28 Blue Bulls 28 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein Absa Currie Cup Final
11/08/2007 FS Cheetahs 44 Blue Bulls 18 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
05/10/2007 FS Cheetahs 29 Blue Bulls 17 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
13/10/2007 FS Cheetahs 11 Blue Bulls 6 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
12/07/2008 FS Cheetahs 23 Blue Bulls 31 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
20/09/2008 FS Cheetahs 5 Blue Bulls 23 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
11/10/2008 FS Cheetahs 19 Blue Bulls 31 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
07/08/2009 FS Cheetahs 24 Blue Bulls 15 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
26/09/2009 FS Cheetahs 27 Blue Bulls 30 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
31/10/2009 FS Cheetahs 24 Blue Bulls 36 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Absa Currie Cup Final
24/07/2010 FS Cheetahs 25 Blue Bulls 23 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Free State Cheetahs’ recent form at home:

• The hosts secured two home victories against the GWK Griquas (33-26) and the Platinum Leopards (57-0), but have also conceded two home defeats against The Sharks (25-13) and Vodacom Western Province (25-11) in this season’s competition.

• The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs suffered two home defeats during last year’s competition against the GWK Griquas and The Sharks.

Vodacom Blue Bulls’ recent form on the road:

• The defending champions secured one away victory over the Xerox Lions (32-18) in Johannesburg but conceded three defeats on the road against the Barloworld Toyota Pumas (22-21), Vodacom Western Province (15-12) and The Sharks (34-28) in this season’s Absa Currie Cup.

• The Vodacom Blue Bulls conceded four defeats on the road during last year’s competition against Vodacom Western Province, Vodacom Free State Cheetahs, The Sharks and the Xerox Lions. The visitors though defeated WP in their 2009 Absa Currie Cup semi-final clash at Newlands.

Additional information:

• The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs and the Vodacom Blue Bulls have competed against each other in three Absa Currie Cup finals since 2005.

• Prop Jaco Engels has played a combined total of 92 Absa Currie Cup games for the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Boland Cavaliers and the Platinum Leopards.

• Vodacom Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Louis Strydom has played 108 Absa Currie Cup games and has scored 804 career points in the competition.

• Vodacom Blue Bulls winger Mametsa has played 136 games for the Pretoria side since 2002. He has scored 43 tries in his 70 Absa Currie Cup appearances for the Loftus Versfeld team.

• Springbok winger Jongi Nokwe has scored 44 Absa Currie Cup tries in his career.

• Vodacom Blue Bulls loose forward CJ Stander captained the SA U20s during this year’s IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina and was a member of the Baby Boks’ squad of 2009 in Japan. He also captained the SA Schools team in 2008.
• Robert Ebersohn (Vodacom Free State Cheetahs) captained the SA Under-20s during the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship in Japan.

• Vodacom Blue Bulls reserve flyhalf Francois Brummer and winger Gerhard van den Heever both competed at the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship in Japan for the SA Under-20s.

• SARRA referee Jason Jaftha will handle this game between the Vodacom Blue Bulls and The Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.

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