Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 2 2012 - Bulls 51 bt Cheetahs 19 at Vodacom Park
Head-to-head: Played 9 Bulls 8 Cheetahs 1
In Pretoria: Played 4 Bulls 3 Cheetahs 1
Referee: Marius Jonker (RSA)
TV: Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet: Bulls $1.15 Cheetahs $5.25
Greg Growden writes: The Cheetahs have put all the players names in a hat, tossed them in the air, and picked what’s come out. With it has come nine changes, and so the Bulls are specials, especially as they’re at home and not at South Africa’s entertainment capital - Bloemfontein.
Strange goings on at Camp Waratah
As Super Rugby commences, the Wallabies-packed Waratahs side is looking at what went wrong.
AAP writes: The Bulls can still top the South African conference and will like their chances with their run home also including a last-round match against the struggling Lions. They haven’t copped any injuries from Springboks duty and have flanker Jacques Potgieter back from injury. The free-running Cheetahs, on the other hand, have made nine changes to their side, including several positional, as they look to take down a big scalp. Riaan Smit takes over at five-eighth from Sias Ebersohn while Trevor Nyakane comes in for stand-out prop Coenie Oosthuizen.
BULLS: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Mornè Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (c), Jacques Potgieter, Dewald Potgieter, Juandrè Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling. Reserves: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Wilhelm Steenkamp, CJ Stander, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouché, Francois Venter.
CHEETAHS: Willie le Roux, Philip Snyman, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Rocco Jansen, Riaan Smit, Piet van Zyl, Ashley Johnson, Lappies Labuschagne, Heinrich Brüssow, Izak van der Westhuizen, Andries Ferreira, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane. Reserves: Hercu Liebenberg, WP Nel, George Earle, Justin Downey, Tewis de Bruyn, Sias Ebersohn, Nico Scheepers.