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Bakkies 'answers' Bulls SOS

2010-04-28 08:32

John Bishop

Durban - The Bulls, wary of a physical Sharks pack, are expected to rush back Springbok lock Bakkies Botha for Saturday’s big Super 14 crunch game at Loftus.

Botha, who has not played any rugby since December when he underwent an Achilles’ tendon operation, is back to full fitness and it seems certain he will be involved against the Sharks, either starting the game and playing until he runs out of puff or being used as an impact player off the bench in the second half.

The Sharks, with their revamped front-row of loosehead  John Smit and the Du Plessis brothers and with the brawny Jean Deysel alongside the even bigger Willem Alberts at loose forward, have the muscle to trouble the Bulls. A fit Bakkies, who enjoys being regarded as the enforcer in every game he plays, would be a bonus for the Bulls but he may well be rusty after his five-month break.

While the Sharks will be without  Bok wing JP Pietersen for the match, the Bulls have also lost one of their backs with centre Jaco Pretorius, who suffered ligament damage to his foot against the Lions on Saturday, also ruled out.

But the Bulls, who have won 16 games in a row at Loftus, have been lifted by the return to fitness of Bok wing Akona Ndungane and utility back Francois Hougaard while scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, on the bench against the Lions, will be back.

There is also huge interest in Pretoria ahead of Saturday’s game and supporters were queuing for tickets in the cold and rain when the ticket office opened at Loftus on Monday.

The log-leading Bulls have a five-point lead at the top of the log and two wins in their final three games should seal top spot for the champions.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke was on Tuesday talking up the Sharks ahead of the game. He told reporters that the changes head coach John Plumtree had made to the Sharks had transformed them into a genuine threat after five successive wins followed five defeats.

Ludeke said the changes to the front-row had resulted in the Sharks scrumming strongly against the best packs in the competition while the rejigged backrow (Alberts, Deysel and Jacques Botes) had proved particularly effective. He also praised young fullback Patrick Lambie and said that Stefan Terblanche’s shift to outside centre had brought experienced and stability to the backline.

The Bulls battled to overcome the Lions at the breakdown in the first half and led 12-8 at the change-over before running away with the game with six second-half tries.
Ludeke said they would have to improve against the Sharks who would contest the breakdowns for the full 80 minutes.

The Sharks are waiting on a number of fitness tests this week before naming their side tomorrow. Scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar is nursing a sore knee while loose forwards Ryan Kankowski and Keegan Daniel are returning to action after weeks on the sidelines.

The match kicks off at 19:10 (SA time) on Saturday with referee Jonathan Kaplan in charge of what promises to be a volatile contest.

The Witness

Comments
  • michael - 2010-04-28 08:46

    We were always going to be more successful with Alberts at 8th man, as much as I rate Kankos as a player, he is not an 8th man and was not securing ball at scrum time properly. Should be a cracker of a game, bulls by 5 tho.

  • BALSAK(alias BBH) - 2010-04-28 08:49

    Welcome back Bakkies, but the SHARKS will win by 20 points!! Ka ching!!

  • Blouwildebul - 2010-04-28 08:54

    Go Bakkies gee hulle gas wys hulle jy is terug en laat hulle huil!!!!!

  • Genis - 2010-04-28 09:02

    Sooo the gay BULLY is back from all the gay bars in Tswane....

  • Superman - 2010-04-28 09:06

    BE AFRAID, VERY AFRAID..!! ....THE ENFORCER IS BACK..!!

  • Nog n vuilg@t - 2010-04-28 09:17

    Kan nie sien dat die knielende,gelowige en supervuilg@t Botha die Sharks enigsins sal pla nie.Net nog n grootb@k knopkop van Tswane beplak met verbande wie se ego baie groter as sy brains is.GO THE SHARKS!

  • Gtr - 2010-04-28 09:26

    @Balsak: Het jy nie laasweek belowe dat die Leeus sou wen met 10 punte of so? Nou ja, jy's seker die enigste een wat jouself ernstig op neem...

  • Chimsoro - 2010-04-28 09:30

    bakkies Who..???? go Sharks...I support any team playing the thugs in blue....first bet...bakkies will be yellow carded in 15...second bet...Sharks by 15..3rd bet...ref will still try and control the game in Bulls favour cause they are gonna have to pay him lots to win this one, watch this sapce.

  • PL - 2010-04-28 09:31

    @BALSAK: Jy bly maar net 'n ou qoes man!

  • Garden of Doom - 2010-04-28 09:34

    The Bulls at Loftus will be too much for the Sharks. Bulls by 15.

  • Stormer@WP - 2010-04-28 09:36

    Uit 'n Springbok oogpunt is ek bly hy is terug.Uit 'n Stormers oogpunt,dink ek hy moet nog bietjie rus.Nee die saak is reg,welkom terug ou grote.

  • bul - 2010-04-28 09:39

    Bakkies was gerus vir dit... die laaste mees belangrikste... die eindstryde... hy gaan almal in sy pad loop, want hys a BAKSTEEN

  • @Gtr - 2010-04-28 09:48

    En sê my slimkoppie wat was JOU voorspelling vir die Blues/Bulls en die Reds/Bulls games huh!? Hou op raas en gaan werk n slag man!

  • Vic J - 2010-04-28 09:53

    I suspect panic in the Bulls camp. Go Sharks. Balsak- you are a bad omen. Stick to your fricking Stormers.

  • Anthony - 2010-04-28 09:57

    Better make sure that Pienaar and Kockott have their kicking boots on, as I see lots of penalties coming the Sharks way!

  • Bloutrein - 2010-04-28 09:57

    Bakkies we salute you!!

  • ed - 2010-04-28 10:08

    its gonna be a cracker, expect a bruising assualt.

  • Paul C - 2010-04-28 10:16

    Eat them BAKKIES ... devour them ... for they (Guppies) are another South African Super 14 Franchise who has achieved SWEET BLUE BOGGEROL in 14 YEARS of SUPER rugby ... yet listening to their loud mouth supporters ... and you would mistakenly believe that they had won every SINGLE SUPER 14 title since its inception! What a bunch of losers!

  • Mot - 2010-04-28 10:17

    Lekke Bakkies! Man dis goed om vir Bakkies terug te he. Ek kan nie wag om hom in aksie te sien nie. Of hy nou vir die Bokke of die Bulle uitdraf hy doen sy deel en het verseker 'n hengse impak op die game. En vir al die Sharks supporters wat hom 'n vuilgat noem: ek twyfel of daar tans 'n meer vuilgat speler in die game is as Kockot. Enigste verskil is Bakkies kan dit vat as hy terug geboelie word - Kockot huil altyd by die ref of lynregter as iemand hom bietjie vasvat. Ek dink dit gaan 'n naweek van wit-warm rugby wees met die Saders en Stormers wat ook albei na SA moes vlieg in die week en albei hul laaste wedstryde verloor het.

  • ARRA - 2010-04-28 10:22

    Ja balsak,en jou bure is pi@l en poepol-geen wonder daar is so n wrang smaak in jou bek nie

  • Jack Turner - 2010-04-28 10:34

    All the crap about a potential Sharks win. Are you Sharks surporters still in fairy land. This is not 1990, when a smuck called Theo Van Rensburg was paid to mis-tackle Tony Watson,...Catch a wake up Natal.The Bulls will murder you guys.................

  • Gtr - 2010-04-28 10:40

    @ @Gtr, ek het geweet dit gaan moeilik wees, en het wenne voorspel, op Superbru... Ek wonder nou net, het jy nie dalk voorspel dat die Western Force en Reds ook deur die Stormers verniel sou word? En se my, het jy nie ook dalk voorspel dat die Bulls in die onderste helfte van die log so eindig nie? Ek bly maar liewers stil as dit by publieke voorspellings kom, en try my luck by Superbru. Ten minste slaan ek nie my naam weekliks met 'n plank, deur te voorspel hoe sleg die Stomers gaan verloor nie... Wat ek wel doen, is om te waarsku dat sekere spanne nie onderskat moet word nie... iets wat ek telke male gedoen het, en reg bewys is. Hierdie naweek se wedstryde: Natuurlik glo ek die Bulls gaan wen. Weet nie van die bonuspunt nie. Die Stormers/Crusaders: Stormers se verdediging is goed, die Crusaders is 'n altyd 'n bedreiging, maak nie saak of hulle weg of tuis speel nie. Ek glo die Stormers kan wen as hulle foute beperk en druk uit oefen op Carter. Maar ek weet nie of die Stormers 'n bonuspunt sal kan inpalm nie. Ek mag verkeerd wees, maar ek gaan nie slaap verloor nie.

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-04-28 10:44

    Making score prediction in this forum is childish and pointless - like a schoolboy boasting at playtime (unless the predicted score is "indicative"). That's what superbru is there for. To all readers: Please try to resist commenting on the idiots. We'll fix this forum yet!

  • abz - 2010-04-28 10:45

    Nothing wrong with Rossouw. If he's not physical enough than.......c'mon. Stupid, senseless article!!!!!

  • JP - 2010-04-28 10:46

    Enforcer my ass, what does he enforce, penalties. He's just been the dirtiest player on the field every time, bekker proves to everyone that the only way you play is with hard work and perseverance, none of this "i'm the enforcer I like your blue eyes" what a chop. Flip and Danie are better than bakkies. BAKKIES SHOULD RETIRE before he gets dropped.

  • Roy Hart - 2010-04-28 11:22

    JP What a ass just like your name sake of the Sharks, a haz bean too!Bakkies is and has to be one of the best locks ever,will play in next years world cup,and JP try remember with your small IQ and brain that the Bulls with Bakkies less than 6 months ago won the Currie cup and are the current Super 14 champs and on top of the log,and even if they lost all four last games with in 7 could still make the semi's!But the Sharks need all 5 points in every game,if the Sharks beat the Bulls and get 5 points against the best team in the Super 14 i shave my head tatoo JP on my head and run through Durban naked!Go Bakkies crush them good and hard its rugby not ping pong! Get it??

  • bertie - 2010-04-28 11:25

    kom nou manne ,wat skiet julle die sharks so af dis n span om mee rekening te hou ,die bulle is goed niemand stry nie maar ek dink die sharks gaan hulle n goeie go gee ,hulle se altyd die beste span wen , die spel gaan nie oor n man nie maar dit gaan oor 80minute se disipline , so kom ons kyk maar wat gebeur saterdag

  • Martin - 2010-04-28 11:26

    JP if you don't know anything about rugby rather not comment.

  • Renegade - 2010-04-28 11:46

    I respect the sharks team and their supporters.Unfortunately i cannot say the same about the stormers and their supporters. (almost all of them)This is due to unbalanced and unchecked hysteria in that part of the world. It is going to be one hell of a game. Bakkies is a class of his own.So is Fourie du Preez

  • Enoc - 2010-04-28 12:02

    Bakkies should not be playing this weekend he has been out for months and wont be in any form.Should still be a blinder,lets hope atleast one S14 game wont be spoiled by the ref.Go SHARKS!!!!

  • Malcolm @Paul C - 2010-04-28 12:30

    In 14 years of Super rugby, the Sharks have played in 6 semi-finals and 3 finals. In addition, they were robbed of the trophy in 2007 by a drunk ref! Yet you think they've achieved nothing. You arrogant fool. Sharks also have the best record of any Super14 team to visit Loftus. So beware. Your arrogant team are in for one hell of a game on Saturday. SHARKS FOREVER!!

  • Stefan (N.Tvl) - 2010-04-28 12:49

    Ek dink dat ons die Sharks net net behoort te wen, maar ek is seker dat dit ons hardste game tot op hede in die kompetisie gaan wees. Niks geld op die wedstryd nie :) Ek is absoluut crazy oor Bakkies, maar ek voel mense gaan so aan oor hom asof Danie nie 'n enforcer is nie. Danie die Dinosaur kan enige dag volgens my die groen no. 4 trui kry, as hy nie so in die no. 18 ingeburger was nie.

  • Richard Nixon - 2010-04-28 13:52

    Bull supporters making it hard to support the bulls. I still remember when the bulls couldn't buy a win. Those day's you couldn't find a bulls supporter. Most Bulls supporters are plastic, the bounce of the ball, a penalty or an interception and most of them would be Shark or Weepee fans. Pathetic

  • ELSA - 2010-04-28 14:09

    I WONDER IF THE SHARKS WILL BE ABLE TO WIN THIS ONE. I SEE THAT THE BULLS LOVER REF JONATHAN KAPLAN IS THE REF. HE LOVES THE BULLS AND I DON'T THINK THAT HE WILL GIVE BOTHA A YELLOW CARD EVEN IF HE KICKS SOMEBODY IN THE FACE. HOPE THE SHARKS EAT THEM ALIVE. GO SHARKS

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2010-04-28 14:18

    I believe they won't play Bakkies straight away. He will come off the becnh in the second half. I must say that Danie and especially Flip are playing well. I truely hope the Sharks will pull this one off but it is gonna be more than tough. To all the windgat Sharks and Bulls supporters on this forum. Let us not get ahead of ourselves you can blow off steam after the game. Anyways I plead and beg with the Cheetahs and Lions. Please win!!! SA needs you.

  • Gideon@Stefan (N.Tvl) - 2010-04-28 14:19

    Ek stem 100% saam Stefan.Hierdie gaan 'n huge game wees.Dit gaan vrek close wees,maar die tuisveld kan dalk net die verskil wees.En ek dink Goode maak te veel stupid foute.Teen die Bulle kan dit 'n groot verskil maak.@Roy Hart...Boet,catch a wake-up.I said the same before the 1990 final.And I also remember walking down those walkways,thinking its more quiet than a funeral.Never,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever underestimate the Sharks.They are not very bright,but they can move heavy objects....

  • STORMER - 2010-04-28 14:26

    @Richard Nixon - SPOT ON MATE. That is exactly what I have been trying to tell the Tards....'that it is fashionable' to support winners....And I say again, The Sharks should in hindsight be RELIEVED they didn't win that S14 final...(just think all these Tards would be supporting you guys...eeeeeeeeeeekkkkkk)

  • Koos - 2010-04-28 14:43

    Ek hoop nie die bulls meet hulle teen die lions nie!! Ons het meer punte as hulle teen die Reds aangeteken!!! As dit nie vir hierdie patetiese ref was nie dan sou ons julle geroer het julle losers!!!! O ja!! die suur room is heel bo!! Voor die einde die super 14 is Bakkies ook weer beseer net soos Aikona!!!

  • Gtr - 2010-04-28 14:52

    @ Stormer: And if the Stormers win the S14, you'll see everybody wanting to support them... It's Stormers fans like yourself that makes me wish your team lose bad. You continously say that the Bulls fans are so bad, arrogant, ill-mannered, common, uneducated, and whatever else... meanwhile, back at the ranch, you are NO better yourself.

  • Gert - 2010-04-28 15:23

    Met Bakkies se terugkeer wonner ek oor baie dinge. Ek wonner wie die eerste ou is wat Bakkies gaan bliksem na sy terugkeer. En ek wonner hoe lank dit gaan vat voordat hy sy eerste geel kaart kry. En ek wonner of hy genoeg guts gaan hê om met Ysternan Alberts se sukkel. En ek wonner of dit rerig help om voor die tyd te bid dat jy nie vir vuilgatgeit uitgevang word nie

  • Jolene - 2010-04-28 16:03

    I support the BULLS first , then the Sharks AND the Stormers too. With supporters like stormer they need all the help they can get.

  • R H - 2010-04-28 16:53

    Paul C love your comments all the crap about Bakkies and the Bulls,like you say Sharks achieved nothing in 10+ years,what crap!Eat them Bakkies,JP WATCH AND CRY as Bakkies scores too!he he shame

  • Tannie tokkie - 2010-04-29 08:41

    Stormers fans ...@stormer you mentioned earlier you were attacked at loftus , Me and my son Bertie suffered a vicious attack at newlands . We were attacked by 4 men wearing ballaklawas armed with papsaks (and snoek) , they moerd us with these papsaks and one tried to liberty me with a snoek from the side , luckily i saw it coming and went down like jean claude in bloodsport (that split move) and i gave him (or her i wasnt sure)..... my career best , dont mess with tannie tokkie or bertie .......the moral of the story is fight back :-)

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