Bulls have 'must win' approach

2010-09-20 22:30

JJ Harmse

Pretoria – The Blue Bulls are approaching their remaining Currie Cup league fixtures as quarterfinals and “must-win” games.

That is why there is no chance that the winless Leopards will be underestimated on Saturday, says Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

“They gave us a good fright in our own back yard when we last played them and were only a few minutes away from beating Griquas in Kimberley this past weekend. We will therefore not be taking any chances,” said Ludeke.

Ludeke was happy with the way in which certain things worked out for the Bulls against the Lions at the weekend, but believes finishing is still their big problem rather than complacency against the wooden spoonists.

“We saw in Nelspruit (against the Pumas) what happens when you are not 100% focused and are wasteful with your chances. We learned a valuable lesson there,” said Ludeke.

“It will rather be about finishing our scoring opportunities. That was a problem against the Lions. Had we done one or two little things better, we could have won by a bigger margin.”

Ludeke is also not worried about the goalkicking form of points machine Jacques-Louis Potgieter. His three misses at posts cost his team a lot of early momentum against the Lions.

“He came back superbly in the second half and I have a lot of confidence in his ability to get back to top form,” said the coach.

The Blue Bulls’ backs and forwards trained separately on Monday and Ludeke will only know on Tuesday whether he will have additional options for the Leopards game.

Deon Stegmann jumped without any discomfort in the lineout session, but appeared to struggle in the running session afterwards.

“We won’t risk him. If he does not feel 100%, we will not pick him,” said Ludeke.

Stegmann is a virtual certainty to tour with the Springboks at the end of the year.

It probably makes sense to get the fetching flank completely fit before unleashing him against Western Province next weekend.

Fudge Mabeta has also recovered from his shoulder injury and may feature among the substitutes, which means that Wilhelm Steenkamp is likely to drop out of the squad.

Gary Botha should be fit after a knock to the head. If not, Bandise Maku will get game time again – probably as Chiliboy Ralepelle’s understudy.

Gurthrö Steenkamp sweated it out with the contracted Boks on one side, but the chances are good that he will be used next week already.

John Mametsa may run out on the wing. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, who stood in there the past few weeks, trained on his own on Monday.

Mametsa and Hayden Groepes took turns running on the wing.

Mametsa has played six games this year and scored four tries, while Groepes was in the starting line-up twice.


  • Koos - 2010-09-20 23:59

    Why do the Bulls play Potgieter at flyhalf, when they know he is playing for the Sharks next season, and not mentioning his poor performance, kicking and bad tactical decisions. And then there are roomers that they are looking to by Naas Olivier! Over the weekend when Jaco van der Westhuyzen took over at flyhalf for a few minutes you could easilly see the improvement over Potgieter. Please use Jaco at 10 for the rest of the games, and put that young flyhalf that helped the bulls out a few times already (vodacom cup) on the bench as understudy, and lets start using/building our own players and stop buying useless players that was thrown away by other provinces. Where's Heneke Meyer, he used to be great with this concept!

  • Ja nee reg JJ - 2010-09-21 01:30

    Die enigste ou wat n groter plonker as JJ was was Quintis van Rooyen.Stegman sommer nou n seker keuse vir die toer...hoekom nogal?Soos vd Heever JJ?Fkn dom trilbul!Dis logies elke game is n moet wen en o ja die humble BB onderskat mos niemand nie.Wonder wat dan teen die Pumas gebeur het.Jul sal Steenkamp MOET speel tee WP ander gaan jul nog verder verloor julle hoenders!

  • mike - 2010-09-21 01:51

    Time to start gearing the guys for the finals, but also no good if you don't make it. Be good to see Steggies back, and hopefully with the boks return so we will see some of the other injured guys coming back. At one point this season we didn't have a single of our senior forwards on the park and its hurt us but we still in it and things are looking good.

  • BALSAK - 2010-09-21 05:53

    Let's see if this approach will pay dividends for them, because against WP I doubt whether this approach will work. Bo-Kaap groete!!!

  • Losers - 2010-09-21 06:52

    ......BUNCH OF LOSERS....!! ...HA HA HA HA ..!!

  • Muzi - 2010-09-21 07:55

    Breaking news the bulls have signed bjorn basson.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Heard it on jacaranda whoop whoop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hein - Centurion - 2010-09-21 08:41

    @Losers - Show us your cups my man then we can talk again. In the mean time just STFU!!!!!!!!! @Koos - the biggest problem with playing Jaco at flyhalf is that we will be without a reputable kicker. That will lead to Jinka playing scrummie and what do you then do with Francois? Me thinks - leave the team as is - Jacques-Louis will be fine!!!!!!!!!!

  • Louw - 2010-09-21 09:15

    Julle Bulle moet nie worry of julle die semi - finals gaan maak nie die refs sal julle daarkry.

  • Useless! - 2010-09-21 10:42

    Nog n useless kwotabok.Vat hom maar gerus om jul getalle beter te laat lyk!LOL....gaan hy in priester,Super vd Heever (Shadow..hehehehehe) of Hougaard se plek wing speel!?

  • Losers - 2010-09-21 12:31

    @ Hein - Centurion - ......BUNCH OF LOSERS....!! ...HA HA HA HA ..!!

  • skywalker - 2010-09-22 13:45

    Must win they did against the Pumas.....Bwahahahahahahah... Keep Stegmann for the WP game so Duane can break him like his bitch again...!

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