Bulls field new lock pairing

2009-04-14 11:58

Pretoria - Danie Rossouw and Wilhelm Steenkamp are going to be at lock for the Vodacom Bulls' Super 14 rugby match against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday, following the unavailability of Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield.

Botha was suspended for three weeks in Sydney on Tuesday because of an incident in last Saturday's match against the Waratahs, while Matfield is back in South Africa for the birth of his second child.

With Matfield in South Africa, scrumhalf Fourie du Preez will again captain the team.

Coach Frans Ludeke recalled hard working hooker Derick Kuun for the clash against the Brumbies and at outside centre JP Nel rotates with Jaco Pretorius.

Ludeke said on Tuesday from Australia it obviously is a big disappointment to play without Matfield and Botha, but the Bulls simply need to adjust to the situation.

"In Super 14 rugby a team must recover from a setback such as this and we will do just that. "We knew Victor won't be available due to the birth of their baby and we support him 100 percent, but Bakkies' unavailability wasn't expected.

"However, Danie Rossouw and Wilhelm Steenkamp must do the job for us and I am fully confident that they will seize the opportunity on Friday."

Ludeke said they will focus a great deal on their set pieces as well as their play at the breakdowns and every single member of the team know it is going to take a special effort from everybody to succeed in Canberra.

"In order to win games on tour a team must produce something special for the full 80 minutes, because anything short of that will not do. We would like to keep improving in the scrums and we must get better and better at the breakdowns.

"Rugby at this level is all about attitude, the will to win and commitment, and you need to be switched on for the whole duration of the match."

Bulls: Zane Kirchner; Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morn Steyn, Fourie du Preez (captain); Pierre Spies, Pedrie Wannenburg, Dewald Potgieter, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Danie Rossouw, Werner Kruger, Derick Kuun, Gurthro Steenkamp.

Replacements: Jaco Engels, Rayno Gerber, Deon Stegmann, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Heini Adams, Burton Francis, Jaco Pretorius.


  • Marius - 2009-04-14 15:30

    I believe there's only one way to handle this ridiculous issue,the Bulls must go out and kick the Brumbies asses into the ground.Theres enough depth in this team to do the job at hand.The Aussies are trying to bullshit the Bulls out of the competition.I''ll bet the refs going to nail the Bulls on Friday,mark my words.

  • Jeff Aucamp - 2009-04-15 10:50

    Marius,you are spot on.We must play 70% better then the Brumbies to win this one.But this is not unfamiliar territory for the BULLS,whenever Jonathan Kaplan blows for the BULLS(That should read blows against the BULLS)it is the same scenario.And Mr Watson will never admit to one of his refs blatant hatred of the MIGHTY BULLS. JK is a Sharks man and lacks the integrity to put his job above sound judgment.He was woeful in the Tah's match last Friday.

  • Pieter - 2009-04-15 12:39

    This all reflects on the terrible state of rugby in Australia. What other tricks do they have up their sleeve. First they change the rules, then they start to try and get our players of the park. Where is justice? Realistically what were the most dangerous situation Saturday. Waugh not using his arms and sling-shotting Kirchner high in the air (fortunately Kirchner did not break his neck) or Bakkies, after being provoked shoving Waugh with his front arm. The only injury Waugh possibly could get from the insident was a broken ego. So did the punishment fit the crime? Waugh only got a penalty and Bakkies, suspended for nearly 25% of the Super 14 and 60% of the remainder of the series. We are the spectators and pay the salaries of the players, referees and "judges" and should demand a more realistic and fair system of punishment. After all it is only a sport AND WE WANT TO SEE OUR STAR PLAYERS PLAY AND NOT SIDELINED FOR CRAP.

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