Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs will get the better of the Blue Bulls in Saturday’s Currie Cup final, local bookmakers have predicted.
The Cheetahs have been the form team in this year’s Currie Cup Premier Division, winning all eight their round-robin matches, as well as claiming a 55-17 semi-final victory over the Golden Lions.
They also thumped the Bulls 43-20 in Bloemfontein earlier in the season and following last weekend’s heroics, are the favourites to win on Saturday.
Therefore, local bookies sportingbet.co.za have predicted an eight-point victory for the Free Staters.
The Cheetahs however should not be overconfident, as history suggests they may be in for a tough time - the men from Pretoria have won seven of the nine finals between the teams over the years.
READ: Currie Cup – History favours Bulls
In all, the Blue Bulls have won 23 Currie Cups (four shared), while the Cheetahs have won four (one shared).
Western Province lead the overall tally with 33 titles (four shared).
Kick-off for Saturday’s final is scheduled for 16:00.
Blue Bulls v Free State in Currie Cup finals:
1973: Northern Transvaal 30-22 Orange Free State
1975: Orange Free State 6-12 Northern Transvaal
1977: Northern Transvaal 27-12 Orange Free State
1978: Orange Free State 9-13 Northern Transvaal
1981: Northern Transvaal 21-6 Orange Free State
2004: Blue Bulls 42-33 Free State Cheetahs
2005: Blue Bulls 25-29 Free State Cheetahs
2006: Free State Cheetahs 28-28 Blue Bulls
2009: Blue Bulls 36-24 Free State Cheetahs
Free State Cheetahs
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Substitutes: Jacques du Toit, Ox Nche, Armandt Koster, Henco Venter, Tian Meyer, Fred Zeilinga, Rayno Benjamin, Conrad van Vuuren
15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Nic de Jager, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Bjorn Basson