Matfield return shocks fans

2013-11-01 10:57
Victor Matfield (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers have expressed shock at rumours of former Springbok Victor Matfield's impending return to Super Rugby for the Bulls.

According to reports, the Bulls are looking back in time to secure their Super Rugby future as TWO of their legendary stalwarts are set to return to the field for a comeback in the 2014 season.

Springbok Victor Matfield and Loftus’ 'Liefling' Derick Hougaard are training hard in Pretoria as they attempt to return to the field after a lengthy absence from the game.

Both comebacks have been privately confirmed by those close to the Bulls team, but no official comment has been received about Matfield and Hougaard returning to the field.

The Bulls officials have kept mum on the prospects of any comeback while both players are also keeping quiet about their movements.

Thi is what Sport24 readers had to say about Matfield's return:


"Giant grandpas vs young midgets. Will take the giants." - Thoma Tardiskus

"I'd love to see Matfield back with Bakkies at top level rugby! Currently the Boks have no lock pair(s) that are half as good as these guys were. I genuinely believe these guys can take us through to the next RWC and take it!" - Adrian Bruwer

"If this thing of Victor is TRUE, WP will have to start talks with Hennie Bekker and Divan Serfontein also Carl Du Plessis. As we need cover at 9 and 11!" - Isak Visser

"If Matfield comes back things are starting to get embarrassing for the Bulls." - Kevin Robarts

"The other teams, like the Sharks and WP have been building for the future and are bringing young players through the ranks. Will the Bulls be sponsored by Grand-Pa next year?" - CIO

"Matfield...the blast from the past and no new "Jacarandas" for the Bullejies to call upon. More a case of dark...bleak...used goods...and desperation by the Koeie." - Sean Bagley

"Ek hoor Bakkies kom ook terug, so die beste slotpaar in die geskiedenis van wereldrugby weer terug by die Bulls! Manne hier kom 'n ding." - Honourable Doc Tyson

"Victor was a fantastic player but wasn't the most physical one, hence the enforcer role of his not as clever blood brother Bakkies. He'll struggle with the physicality in super 15 if he returns." - Gary Doyle

"What a f'n Joke! Victor b*gger off. And bakkies... Psdt and etzebeth are the future..." - Jason du Plessis

"Ysterbeth en Du Toit sal hierdie oupa vou en weg bere in die kas. During his last two seasons Matfield was more a link between forwards and backs. We need hard grafters and not locks hanging around in the midfield." - Binne Goed

"Matfield is oor die muur, finished en klaar." - BG

"Victor is boss. And he is not making a return. Dont be ridiculous. He hasnt played for 2 years." - TT

"While you add it bring back Naas and Joost as well. Loftus has lost the plot!" - Theuns Jacobs

"Vic was a great when he was playing and as desperate as the bulls are to get back to winning ways I don't think bring vic back is the answer but I might be wrong." Villiam Pelser

"I say why not? At Super Rugby level Matfield can add to a Bulls team woefully short of quality lineout locks with the departure of Juandre Kruger. However, he is 36, I wouldn't advise a return for the Springboks." - HQ

Has Victor Matfield put his hands up for Bulls selection again? (Gallo Images)

HAVE YOU SAY: Is Matfield past it, or will the legend continue? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

Read more on:    bulls  |  springboks  |  super rugby  |  victor matfield  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.