Bulls - Cheetahs game
April 10, 2013, 17:22:36
The teams have been announced and we can now look at the various strengths and weakness of the two teams and try and make a realistic prediction as to the outcome of the game:-
I really like what I have seeen thus far of Visser as a full back - he is a vast improvement on Kirchner. Speedy and reliable. Daniller is reliable, experienced and an average full back - 50-50
Frankly - the Cheetahs have a decided advantage here with Rhule and Le Roux. 70-30
There is not much to choose between Engelbrecht and Sadie. They will ens up 50-50 as well.
The no 12 is really interesting and is a match-up between the experienced and very good Ebersohn and Serfontein. Not very easy to determine which on the day will be better - Serfontei is the most promising center we have seen for ages in SA - but is inexperienced. On the day I think that Ebersohn will be the better - but this one is close. 52-48
Morne is a deadly goalkicker at Loftus - but does not bring much more than kicking to the game. I was impressed by Francis last week against the Stormers. Vermaak is not my idea of a scrummie and I think Van Zyl is much better. 50-50
The fact that Ludeke had a brain implosion and did not choose Arno Botha makes this a one-way ticket. I think the Cheetahs combination is far better than the Bulls and give them the edge by 65-35
Young De Jager really stood out this year and Uys was really solid. Both are more mobile than their counterparts. I think the line-out battle will be tight - but Labuschagne is going to swing it in favour of the Cheetahs. If Flippie can stay away from the yellow card adventure - the overall rating will be 50-50.
Props and Hooker
No contest - the Cheetahs by 65-35
The Cheetahs will play a running game - the Bulls will try and make it a forward battle. I think that the Cheetahs will be strong enough to stand up to a forwards battle - and their style of play will put the Bulls at a disadvantage.
I still think the Cheetahs by 9+ points