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Bulls: Bok warning to Sharks

2012-10-17 22:23

Cape Town - The Blue Bulls believe it will be a challenge for a few of the Sharks' returning Springboks to quickly find their feet in the Currie Cup semi-final in Durban on Saturday.

It often occurs in rugby when the national players return to provincial level, they take time to gel together as a unit. The Bulls had the same issue against the Golden Lions last week when they trailed 16-6 early in the game before finding their feet. Luckily for them it was against a second-string Lions outfit and skipper Dewald Potgieter believes the Sharks won't find a comeback that easy should they start poorly on Saturday.

Patrick Lambie and Marcell Coetzee were the only returning Springboks who started against Griquas last week, and according to the Beeld website, coach John Plumtree is expected to include Jannie du Plessis, Beast Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo and Willem Alberts in his starting line-up for the first time since their return from national duty.

Together with Springboks Keegan Daniel, JP Pietersen, Odwa Ndungane and Jean Deysel the Sharks have a classy line-up, but Plumtree also admitted earlier in the week how tough it can be to ease the returning players back into the playing pattern.

"It’s about finding a balancing act between breaking up the rhythm you already have and bringing great players back into your side, which the Springboks are," he told SAPA.

And the men from Pretoria are banking on the Durbanites possibly struggling to find their feet.

"Last week it definitely took us time to find our feet and that should also be a challenge for the Sharks," Potgieter told Beeld.

"But with this being a semi-final and due to them having a fair amount of quality players, they'll have to adapt quicker than what we did last week."

The Sharks are expected to name their side on Thursday, with the clash at Kings Park kicking off at 16:30 on Saturday.

Teams:

Sharks:

TBA

Blue Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Dean Greyling

Sport24

Comments
  • tyrone.jacoby - 2012-10-17 22:49

    Actually BULLS BEING EXTREMELY LOUD MOUTHED, And all the while the Sharks are silent all quiet and planning.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-18 07:15

      Actually Tyrone I agree, would have felt much better if they just shut the hell up and focus on the game.

      yagyah.rabin - 2012-10-18 07:41

      So Spyker you said that the Bulls Lost lol

      viva.lebok - 2012-10-18 08:15

      You are really a sucker. All the Bulls said it that it takes time for the returning players to find their rhythm once back in CC and therefore they it will be a challenge for a few of the Sharks' returning Springboks to quickly find their feet in the Currie Cup semi-final in Durban on Saturday.

      chris.hadfield2 - 2012-10-18 09:42

      Schoe spykertjie, all I can say is that I hope to see you arround this site on Sunday and all of next week after your impending humiliation this saturday. Sharks all the way - Natal - WP final... its gonna be a cracker!

  • danie.fick.98 - 2012-10-17 22:49

    oh my f%&....... Julle is lucky om die semi's te maak,nou wil julle waarskuwings uitdeel......tipies!!! Go Sharks!!!!!!!!!! Rol hulle

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 00:28

      @chrissie Wanneer antwoord jy bietjie my vrae chris politikus? Jy like weghardloop as jy in 'n hoekie is ne. Wat se jy van jou voorspelling laasweek dat die Bulls nie die verdedigende kampioene op Ellispark kan klop nie. Wel, 50-29! Ek sal nou nie juis se 50-29 is gelukkig nie. Oubaas se honne dalk 'n antwoordjie vir my?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 00:59

      Dowwe paramedic. 'n Blinde hoender pik ook so nou en dan 'n mieliepit raak.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 01:23

      Daarsy Chris, lekker om te weet ek het jou weereens in 'n hoekie Next please

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 01:43

      Jy is die een wat nie 'n come-back op daai post het nie, maar ek is in die hoek? Wat het veroorsaak dat jy alle konneksie met die werklikheid verloor het? En hoeveel jaar lei jy al onder hierdie kondisie?

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2012-10-18 01:46

      Growwe Spies, nou growwe kontraksie. Ons weet nou jy lieg oor jou werk by Vancouver General. En dat die Coal Harbour "apartment" koning wat our "Vancouver Beach" (hahaha) uitkyk, nou 2 "spoghuise" het wat uitkyk oor ander "regte" bousand strande. Daar in die nat, donker wereld wat jy voorhou as paradys. "Sonnige Vancouver"....hmmmm! Versigtig wees boetie, Vegter watch jou. Ek het my suspisies en as ek jou "nail" en "out" en so 'n bietjie rondpraat, gaan daar baie oor jou gelag word. Seker oor die ses voet physio? Hehehe..

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 02:23

      Ag ou rocco, jy's so vervelig soos jou span se laaste 11jaar. Jy weet baie goed wat die storie is. Soos ek al 100 keer vir jou gese het, hoekom kom kyk jy nie? Hoekom vra jy my nie enige medies/ortopediese vraag nie. Want jy's te bang, jy weet dis waar

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 02:27

      @chrissie Foeitog, come back op wat? Jy was weereens totaal en al verkeerd oor jou voorspelling oor die Bulls: "Daar is geen manier wat die pink pansies die verdedigende kampioene op Ellispark kan klop nie. Promosie relegasie" Unquote. Verspot belaglik verkeerd soos jy altyd is. En die blinde hoender se keeltjies en stafies werk ongenadiglik goed dink jy nie? 2002 CC champs, 2003 CC champs, 2004 CC champs, 2006 CC champs, 2009 CC champs 2010 Super champs, 2009 Super champs, 2007 Super champs WP= niks, niks, niks en niks Praat van blinde hoenders

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 03:01

      Soos ek jou al voorheen gese het, die afgelope 11 jaar is maar 'n klein miniatuur kolletjie op die dominansie van die WP die afgelope 129 jaar.

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2012-10-18 04:13

      Wat is hierdie "next please"? Klink vir my soos 'n refrein van 'n tweederangse kassier. Anyway ons weet vir 'n feit jy het die waarheid masseer met "Vancouver Beach". En ons weet vir 'n feit jy werk nie by Vancouver General nie. Die vraag bly: hoekom is jy so kommin?

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 06:14

      Bulls 23 cups in 71yr= 33% wen= 1 cup in 3yr WP 32 cups in 125yr = 25% wen = 1 cup in 4yr Dominasie?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 06:21

      Ai ou paramedic. Lyk nie of jy hierdie wiskunde onder die knie gaan kry nie.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 06:34

      Wat's fout met daai stats chrissie, vertel bietjie vir dokter

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 06:55

      Jy is die "dokter", hoekom figure jy dit nie uit nie. Ek het seker al 10 keer gese wat die feite rondom daai verdraaide "statistieke" van jou is, plus jy kan google, wikipedia en SArugby se websites gebruik. Jy sal wel by die antwoord kom. Maar soos ek jou ken sal jy nie daarvan hou nie en wanneer die huil bedaar het sal jy voortgaan om in denial te lewe.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 07:01

      Niks is verdraai nie, ek gebruik die presiese feite. Jy wil een span 'n 50jr voorsprong voor die ander gee en maak of dit regverdig is.Jy weet baie goed hoe dit werk. Al wat jy kan se is WP is die oudste span in die land, baie geluk. Ek het taamlik gegiggel toe jy Bulle se stats uitwerk: 23 bekers in 123jaar, jy weet mos hulle speel nou eers 72 jr. Maar baie geluk, jou span is die oudste in die land

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:19

      In daai geval, baie geluk dat Tshwane nog net vir 72 jaar goed genoeg was om in die Currie Beker te speel.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 07:27

      Dankie Chris, waardeer jou opregte sentiment.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 07:28

      Dankie Chris dat jy uiteindelik die Bulle se 33% wenpersentasie teenoor die WP se 25% s'n erken

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-10-18 07:29

      chrisin 100% correk,hulle was vir 51 jaar te useless om reg te kom.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:53

      Die Bulls was vir 72 jaar goed genoeg om in die Currie Beker te speel. Oor 123 jaar beteken dit die Bulls het 58% van die tyd vir die Currie Cup gekwalifiseer. En die WP is al 123 jaar goed genoeg. Dit maak 100% kwalifikasie vir die Currie Beker. Nee wag, dis verkeerd. Die Bulls het mos in 2000 die First Division gewen. Dit beteken dat hulle net 71 jaar goed genoeg was om in die Currie Beker te speel. Dit beteken, hulle het nog net vir 57% van die tyd gekwalifiseer vir die Currie Beker. Dowwe paramedic, hoe laaik jy nou die stats?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 08:09

      Spyker, gaan kyk bietjie hierso: http://www.supersport.com/rugby/currie-cup/finals Scroll af tot feitlik heel onder. Wanneer jy opgehou huil het sal ek jou appology aanvaar. Soos ek se, pink pansies het die ergste selective memory op aarde.

      viva.lebok - 2012-10-18 08:18

      another idiot. when did the bulls send out warning. Its Sport 24 that is doing the writing.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 08:40

      Toemaar spyker. Ek verstaan. Ek try al die afgelope 11 jaar vergeet. Groot van jou om te erken wanneer jy verkeerd is.

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-17 23:20

    Sharks by 50 , WP by 3

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-17 23:56

      And now in the real world: WP 12yr cupless before end of the month

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 00:04

      Yes spyker. I agree. it is totally ridiculous and laughable to predict only a 3-point win for the WP.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 00:29

      yawn

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 01:02

      Is die paramedic weer moeg? Kyk hoe gaap hy. Was dit 'n rowwe dag op die paaie? Die reen het opgehou, so hoekom is daar nog so baie ongelukke?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 01:51

      Lees weer, of is dit moeilik vir jou? Ek se, die reen het opgehou, hoekom is daar nog steeds so baie ongelukke wat jou paramedic skills nodig het? Kan die Kanadese nie in droee weer ry nie?

      chris.hadfield2 - 2012-10-18 07:17

      Lets watch a fitting final to our wonderfull Currie Cup - onlt the two powerhouses of rugby in this country deserve to contest it: Natal vs WP

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:55

      Chris.hadfield. (Good name by the way). I am actually hoping for a Bulls win in the semi. It will give WP a much easier final.

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 00:28

      We talking about the 11yr cupless team right?

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 00:01

    And that is what we came to expect from the Bulls. Opening that big gaping hole in their face as often as possible before the game. I wonder what the excuses will be after their loss on Saturday. I know the ref will be blamed for one. Maybe they will blame their Springboks were too tired from sitting on the bench in the Rugby Championship.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 00:29

      But nothing as useless as 11yr cupless

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 01:03

      Very original. You must be so proud. Now go lie down for the headache to go away. I don't want you to overexert yourself.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 01:24

      Facts are facts Chrissie boy Next

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 01:55

      Facts? You talking about your headache now?

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 06:14

      Bulls 23 cups in 71yr= 33% wen= 1 cup in 3yr WP 32 cups in 125yr = 25% wen = 1 cup in 4yr

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 06:22

      Yip, you're talking about your headache. Het die tor van sy prop afgem$%r?

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 06:35

      Dankie dat jy bevestig jy's in 'n hoek. Daai's die gesels van 'n man wat nie meer weet wat om te se nie Next

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-18 00:52

    .....Guppies... ...chokers...!! ...Cape Clowns.. chokers...!! ........Bhwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha..!!

  • bidi.barett - 2012-10-18 03:33

    no way guys! How can u underestimate the sardiens like that? Its us, the bulls that should be worried! I'll be glad if we make the final but let's face it. Its gonna be a sharks lions final in durban. We wont win because of our defence and the kicking game. But i would love it if we could have won. Sharks 28 bulls 15

      lesbeen - 2012-10-18 06:22

      It never seems to work for them to play anyone in a knock-out game...

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:23

      Spyker, I have said from the start Go Bulls, Go WP. WP will have the best chance of winning the cup, at Newlands, against the Bulls, than anywhere else against any of the other teams. Even though I have faith they can do it against the Sharks as well.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 04:21

    Daai ou in die foto se: Ag nee hel, man. Ek het alweer vergeet om my klere uit te trek voor ek in die stort geklim het.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 06:07

      Nee net vir fun. Gratis ook nog.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 07:02

      Hahahahaha ek lag nou my gat af....nie vir chris se grap nie maar vir die grap wat chris is!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:24

      pink.bulle.52. Wanneer het jy my foto gesien?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:24

      Dankie henk. Ten minste waardeer iemand die grap.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 07:28

      Plesier!?

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 11:02

      @chris- jy moet maar eerder sit down komedie doen (soos jou span)?? pas beter by jou persoonlikheid en jy spaar ons jou dowwe weepee mentaliteit??

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-18 05:01

    Plums boxing clever, Sharks not buying into these media games by the Bulls.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 10:49

      Laaste keer wat ek gekyk het was hierdie rugby en Plum 'n coach! Wie boks nou wa?

  • guy.bishop1 - 2012-10-18 06:46

    Ha ha! The Sharks are going to turn the Bulls into espetadas....

  • chris.hadfield2 - 2012-10-18 06:56

    The bulls are such boneheads... a week ago they were the wooden spoonists - now, after landing in a semi spot (out of 6 teams...) they have the nerve to run their mouths off about their chances. Eish - let me put it into terms that you may understand bulletjies - julle gan julle gatte sien. This is going to be a battle between 2 completely different styles of rugby and the bull's ancient statergy is going to be exposed for what it is - outdated. Its going to be another wet day at Kings Park and many of you bonehead bulls supporters will be rubbing your hands together in glee... I can almost hear you telling each other: "that are going to suit our gameplans!" - well, just remember it was raining cats and dogs the last time you visited and we all know that you couldn't win then either. It will be a good match and I'm not suggesting that the bulls should be taken lightly, but I can only imagine that the reason for the bulls being so bocal this week is because they're actually crapping themselves! Sharks will do their talking on the field - "maak die bulle almal poppe!!"

      Kykweer - 2012-10-18 07:27

      I stopped reading when you said it was luck, did the bulls have an extra game or something? Did wp also qualify with \luck\, cause the won the same amount of games?\r\n\r\nSure the bulls are up against it as any team playing against the sharks this weekend would be, but the didn't qualify with luck.

      chris.hadfield2 - 2012-10-18 09:44

      Um, I never said luck?

  • chris.hadfield2 - 2012-10-18 06:57

    The bulls are such boneheads... a week ago they were the wooden spoonists - now, after landing in a semi spot (out of 6 teams...) they have the nerve to run their mouths off about their chances. Eish - let me put it into terms that you may understand bulletjies - julle gan julle gatte sien. This is going to be a battle between 2 completely different styles of rugby and the bull's ancient statergy is going to be exposed for what it is - outdated. Its going to be another wet day at Kings Park and many of you bonehead bulls supporters will be rubbing your hands together in glee... I can almost hear you telling each other: "that are going to suit our gameplans!" - well, just remember it was raining cats and dogs the last time you visited and we all know that you couldn't win then either. It will be a good match and I'm not suggesting that the bulls should be taken lightly, but I can only imagine that the reason for the bulls being so bocal this week is because they're actually crapping themselves! Sharks will do their talking on the field - "maak die bulle almal poppe!!"

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-18 07:30

      oh u so right!!! wonder who the sharks will be playing in the finals :)

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-10-18 07:05

    No easy game for the Sharks or bulls,as a team I respect the bulls and respect their players but as a franchise and their supporters,i find it hard to bring myself to respect them,call us arrogant?! Look at ur inbred selfs 1st! Good luck to both teams and may the best team win! SHARKS 4 life!

  • eben.posthumus.5 - 2012-10-18 07:09

    Very funny considering that If the rules of rugby change, The Bulls are normally the last team that gets used to it. So no wonder it took them a while to get into the game. The Sharks Bokke was re-programmed last week so they should be fine!!!! GO SHARKS!!!

  • nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-10-18 07:13

    Well at least the bulls supporters had a week to ramble on on news24 and not feel ashamed.

  • grantybobbins - 2012-10-18 07:14

    The person that writes these articles must be a bulls supporter because every single article on News24 this week has been a "WARNING" from the bulls to the sharks. Why not just wait for the game and see what happens!!!

      grantybobbins - 2012-10-18 11:41

      @Spyker - and what would make you say that ???

      tyrone.jacoby - 2012-10-18 11:45

      It is the case, most are BB supporters, and a few are Stormers, Tank Lanning for example is a Stormer supporter. A idiot like Spyker forgets BB captain Potgieter also writes articles for Sport24. So of course he gets asked questions and thus the articles we see.

      grantybobbins - 2012-10-18 14:38

      @Spyker - thought as much!!!

  • deanmpeters - 2012-10-18 07:16

    Mindgames

  • willem.pelser.9 - 2012-10-18 07:21

    Bulls by 7

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-18 07:31

      Lose by 7

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 08:00

      That's good news. It means an easier final for the WP.

  • yagyah.rabin - 2012-10-18 07:48

    Q: What do the Bulls and possums have in common? A: Both play dead at home and get killed on the road!

  • lhensby - 2012-10-18 08:01

    I've been a loyal Shark's supporter for almost 37 years and I think the boks should be put on the bench. The boys have done well without the boks! Look what happened last year when the returning bok players where put in the team! Sharks forever!!!!

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-10-18 08:55

    physoco warfare as the bulls also have returning boks ? home ground advantage going to be a huge advantage.

  • tyrone.jacoby - 2012-10-18 11:42

    Spyker, Try reading article before you make yourself look even more stupid than is already the case, Typically as some BB suporters you cream your little Danville thongs, howver all you had to do was read, and i quote "And the men from Pretoria are banking on the Durbanites possibly struggling to find their feet. "Last week it definitely took us time to find our feet and that should also be a challenge for the Sharks," Potgieter told Beeld. "But with this being a semi-final and due to them having a fair amount of quality players, they'll have to adapt quicker than what we did last week." The Sharks are expected to name their side on Thursday, with the clash at Kings Park kicking off at 16:30 on Saturday. So you can whistle dixieland and yellow rose of texas through your @ss all you want, but as one can clearly see, BB's Bragging and talking big as are their supporters for the most ( there are some exceptions). www.JUSTALITTLEBITOFADVICEFORANUMBNUT.com

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-18 20:34

      Tyrone, that flew past at a 1000kmph. The Boys in Black and White will CREATE HAVOC, and that is that. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

  • dewald.botha.50 - 2012-10-18 12:53

    Wat worry hy oor die Sharks!!!! Sorg liewer dat julle nie weer so baie strafskoppe afstaan nie!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-18 12:59

    Warning = Plead.

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