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Spies set for 50th Bulls cap

2010-04-06 09:24

Hamilton - Bulls forwards Pierre Spies and Gurthrö Steenkamp will play their 50th Super Rugby matches when their injury battered side takes the field in Hamilton on Friday against the Chiefs in a repeat of last year’s final.

Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.

With the Bulls missing Jaco Pretorius (fractured eye socket) and Derick Kuün (ankle ligaments), coach Frans Ludeke was forced to make a few changes to the 22-man squad which lost against the Blues in Auckland last weekend.

The team was greeted by cold and rain in Hamilton, and will prepare themselves for a freezing game on Friday in wet conditions, but at least are comforted that Pretorius's replacement, Stephan Dippenaar, performed well in the backline earlier this season when Pretorius was out before.

Scrumhalf Heini Adams also returns to the bench in the place of Kuün as the Bulls revert to a more traditional four-three bench for the clash, which is vitally important in the context of their overseas tour.

The Bulls will want to bounce back quickly after their loss to the Blues, a game which was their first defeat in 13 outings and where they played well below the standards they set themselves as a team.

Both Spies and Steenkamp, who are two of the form forwards of the competition this season, will run out early but Kuün’s absence means he will miss out for this week at least in achieving his half century for the team. He currently has 49 Super Rugby caps.

Teams:

Blues:
TBA

Bulls:
15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Stephan Dippenaar, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Francois Hougaard, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Fourie du Preez, 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Victor Matfield (captain), 4. Danie Rossouw, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha, 1. Gurthrö Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Bees Roux, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Pedrie Wannenburg, 20. Heini Adams, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Jaco van der Westhuyzen

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Comments
  • StuartW - 2010-04-06 09:30

    Baie geluk Pierre en Guthro...hoop julle gaan 'n goeie wedstryd he...

  • Bullsh@t! - 2010-04-06 09:48

    Watse k@k praat die d@@s wat hierdie berig skryf?Sal seker nie myne plaas want dis n bewys hy is n bullshitter! Daar was vandag n paar druppels in Hamilton en die tempratuur 21ºC! Die weervoorspelling vir Vrydag is GEEN REEN en 20ºC met n baie ligte wind van 5km/h.So sê my waaaaaar ou siel kry jy jou info wandaan?Nog n dom d#nner wat n totale wanindruk van NZ het shame.

  • vs CHIEFS B - 2010-04-06 09:53

    Shame die ou poeftertjies behoort darem te wen aangesien die Chiefs noual iets soos 6 eerstekeuse spelers uit het.Spiesie moet net hard genoeg bid dan wen hul dalk! Vir die mense wat vir hom voorspoed wil toewens jul kan op Showpony@poefters.com gaan!Click dan op die afdeling "grootste BB ore"(net onder die afdeling grootste BB d@se) Jul sal sien Bakkies en Spies se name kom op...click Spies!

  • Knight - 2010-04-06 09:54

    hak hak die Bulls is k***.

  • MOOIMAN! - 2010-04-06 09:57

    Gaan die Bulletjies vir hom saterdag na die game rooi koeldrank en gemmerbeskuitjies gee en n paar maande se gymsessies ekstra terwyl sy spanmaats suip,rook,snuif en in Teazers lê?GO THE CHIEFS!

  • Kaballas - 2010-04-06 10:03

    More my blou bul vriende. Nou sal julle darem seker saamstem dat ek my rugby ken. Julle gaan ongelukkig die naweek ook verloor omrede strafskop stegman speel. Een groot positief is dat die werfetter Derick Kuhn seergekry het. Hy is die vuilste speler in wereldrugby. Julle gaan hom egter mis want hy motiveer die mede vuil bulls met sy arrogansie en van die bal af bakleiery. PS:- Dit was lekker om gister niemand met boubul truie in die stad te sien nie.... My voorspelling vir die naweek..... Zandberg se die Bulle gaan weer verloor.... Guthro gaan ge-expose word. Julle moet `n ordentlike loskopstut kry ..... eventueel gaan julle `n ref kry wat skrums ken en hy gaan julle opdonder........

  • HOEKOM - 2010-04-06 10:22

    @vs CHIEFS B, Knight, MOOIMAN! Julle is aldrie duidelik onopgevoed, onkundig en 'n skande om in Afrikaans op 'n Engelse berig te reageer. Seker omdat jul intellek nie toelaat om Engels te verstaan en daarin te kommunikeer nie. Julle ondersteun seker geen Suid Afrikaanse span nie. Gelukkig het geen van Suid Afrika se Super 14 spanne ondersteuners soos julle nodig nie. Aan die Sharks, Cheetas, Stormers, Lions en die Bulls sterkte en al die ware rugby liefhebbers ondersteun al ons spanne teen die Australiaanse en New Zeelandse spanne.

  • @BullHaters - 2010-04-06 10:29

    @ al julle Blou Bull haters. Ek geniet dit so om die blogs te lees waar julle die Blou Bulle so sleg se. Almal haat WENNERS!. Julle se ons span en supporters elke week sleg, maar tog wys ons julle op die rugby veld hoe julle julle linker arms sal gee om so te speel. Die Blou Bulle se trofee kas is die ding wat praat ou maters. So wees maar jaloers en se ons maar sleg soos julle wil. EK LAAIK DIT KWAAI..... Blou Bulle BO! Ps: Hoop al die SA spanne wen die naweek.

  • Fanie - 2010-04-06 10:31

    Where's the dumb JJ article for this week? Has he run out of biased, stupid articles to write about the Bulls? So JJ said the Bulls are on the up after the Force game, I'm happy to see the trend continued. What about raving about Shadow for two weeks in a row, do you still think he is better than Habana? JJ should be fired he's no journalist; he's just a biased Bulls supporter with no rugby knowledge.

  • david - 2010-04-06 10:50

    @Kaballas - nicely said. The Bulls supporters think when we comment, it is just a load of bull...... Nevermind, even with a depleted Chiefs side, they (Bulls) will still get hammered in Hamilton. Ian Foster is a very clever coach, and don't be surprised when you Bull supporters see some guys that you never heard of. Although, the Chiefs will probably without Mills Muliaina, Stephen Donald, et al, expect players like winger Tim Nanai-Willaims and Jackson Willison (centre) to make the step-up. Watch out for both of them!! Then there are players like Lelia Masaga (ever dangerous), Richard Kahui (will cut them to pieces in the middle) and workhorses such as Hika Elliot, Sona Taumalolo and Liam Messam. My money is for sure on the Chiefs!!!!

  • henk - 2010-04-06 10:51

    @Bullsh@t - jou opmerkings weerspieel beslis jou persoonlikheid. dalk moet jy jouself eerder bepaal by die blik bier in die hand en jou kommentaar beperk tot jou vriendekring. ek is teleurgesteld met die feit dat die redaksie hoegenaamd opmerkings soos joune toelaat! aan die bulle, ek is nie een van julle ondersteuners nie, maar kerels, trek julle sokkies op, die beker is eers gewen wanneer die eindfluitjie blaas vir die laaste wedstryd.

  • KeepItReal - 2010-04-06 11:24

    The more tripe the idiots dish up , the more we enjoy the victories when they come. SPIES is a class player and keeps any opposition team busy on the day. He deserves the praise he gets - and it is a sad reality that there will always be jealous cowards that can't recognize a great player even when it is so obvious. Go SPIES - be the chief destroyer on Friday! :-)

  • gabba - 2010-04-06 11:44

    Spies speel volgens my 49 wedstryde te veel. Sjame die billetjies se wieletjies val heeeerlik af. Waar is die Bulls nou, oja almal staan seker met kakieklere in Ventersdorp!! HAHA

  • Uncle - 2010-04-06 12:18

    Just a point...Against the Blues Spies made two proper tackles. His terrible defense was a major reason the Blues were so effective at attacking around the fringes of the ruck. You need a proper 8th man who covers the back of the breakdown effectively. Blind-Loyalty by the blue brains aside you have to concede that he is not a proper loose-forward.

  • Dgs - 2010-04-06 12:24

    The Bulls were far from convincing in their win against the lowly Force and were totally outplayed by the Blues. If they loose to the mediocre injury plagued Chiefs, it will just go to prove that, despite the best touring draw of all the SA sides, they are pretty dismal away from Loftus and will be hard-pressed to make a home semi.

  • P - 2010-04-06 12:58

    To all the supporters (excl Sharks) - sorry your team ALSO lost last weekend. It seems that the only way you recover from your sour feelings is to put the Bulls and their supporters down.... I'm sorry but you must live in a very small little world - I pity you (ie. @Bullsh@t, Knight, Mooiman - and espescially Kaballas... when last did your team win ANYTHING????) To the Stormers, Sharks, Cheetahs (yes Kaballas, I actually hope your team wins for a change) and even the Lions - good luck this weekend - let's show those Aussie & NZ guys we can also play rugby. To my team, the Bulls - time to stand up and be counted guys - we need a win this weekend!!!

  • @Henk en Hoekom - 2010-04-06 13:11

    Henkie die "redaksie'(hehehehehehe) is beperk tot die Kerkbode...jy weet Tswane se Scope.Hier my MATER is dit vryheid van spraak.HOEKOM ek hoef nie Engels te skryf om te probeer slim klink nie ek praat dit elke dag van my lewe en kan Xhosa en Frans ook vlot praat....jy? Sorry boys daar is nie pille vir jul kommingeid in Snorcity nie!

  • @Henkie & Hoekom - 2010-04-06 13:14

    Henkie die "redaksie'(hehehehehehe) is beperk tot die Kerkbode...jy weet Tswane se Scope.Hier my MATER is dit vryheid van spraak.HOEKOM ek hoef nie Engels te skryf om te probeer slim klink nie ek praat dit elke dag van my lewe en kan Xhosa en Frans ook vlot praat....jy? Sorry boys daar is nie pille vir jul kommingeid in Snorcity nie! Ek skryf dan juis in afrikaans dat jy en jou spul dowwe trille kan verstaan man!

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-04-06 13:21

    i think the bulls youngsters out wide will show the rugby world that there is nothing to fear about Sivivatu/Kahui?masaga......in fact my only concern would be Van den Heever seeking the intercept too much, but Ludeke probably instructed him to do so! if he stands his ground along with Houghaard and Dippenaar the bulls will have no trouble! i believe the chiefs will have problems with the defence of their Delany/Donald channel and having Spies running out wide!......BULLS by 9

  • Riaan - 2010-04-06 13:22

    As ek so vinnig deur hier comments lees vind ek dit lagwekkend dat almal die Bulls uit haal, maar dit is seker te verstane want die hoogste bome vang mos die meeste wind (so die Lions, Cheetass en Sharks hoef nie te veel te worry nie). Ma baie geluk aan die 2 Flou Skulle met hulle prestasies....

  • Koos - 2010-04-06 14:45

    Ja jong, Suid Afrika brand en al wat julle kan doen is om K@K komentaar te gooi oor rugby spelers. Hou maar so aan, oor paar jaar gaan meeste van julle in die buite land sit, huil oor families wat vermoor is en dat rasse haat die land finaal verwoes het. Julle sal wens dat julle weer goeie SA rugby kan sien. Julle almal is blinde donners! F#K Julle almal!

  • dronkie - 2010-04-06 15:47

    @koos - amper verstik ek nou aan my klipdrift en cola - moes jou ma jou ma nie eerder Koos met n D genoem het nie

  • Showpony - 2010-04-06 16:51

    He can only play when his team is winning. Look at Kanko. He was outstanding week in week out in a bad team. That is what makes a good player. And no I am not a Sharks supporter!

  • Bulls Cpt - 2010-04-06 23:03

    @ Bullsh@t - Dis net soos dai brawl wat hoeka by die hof gebeur het oor die ET case. Dai moer se in sy berig wit mense het swarts geslaan en gestamp .. dan kyk jy die video dan was die n vrou wat powerade op hulle gooi om hulle aftekoel en dan raak hulle sommer mal besetene. NEWS 24 moet hulle feite reg kry.

  • jla - 2010-04-07 02:32

    Go Bulls. Put the last one out of your mind and get on with it! Controlled, old style will do fine and make sure you slot the kicks this time. Congrats to Habana for the impending two trys this week end for the Stormers and let's see a one/two for SA at the top of the log before you go home!!!

  • @Henk en berigskrywer - 2010-04-07 06:15

    Nog iets julle idiote die Bulls is nie eers in Hamilton nie so hoe de f@k kon hul daar 'aangekom" het!?Kry jou feite reg.Hul is in Taupo so 2 ure+ suid van Hamilton vir jou informasie.Volgende keer maak seker voor jy sulke k@k plaas en dit n berig noem!Wonder net wat kla die Floubulletjies so oor travel as hul dan nou amper 5 ure bysit(heen en weer) aan reistyd deur op Taupo te gaan kamp ipv Hamilton?Stupid ape van Snorcity.Kan nog glo dat ouens vd mooiste Kaap sê Hamilton is vervelig maar die spul plaasjapies van Pretoria waar daar anyway f@kol aangaan...bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Daar gaan meer aan in n week in Hamilton as in n jaar in Tswane julle kanaalbarbers! GO CHIEFS B SHAGGA BULL! Henkie jy het maar min in jou tenkie ou Henkie!

  • Vir ET? - 2010-04-07 06:25

    Gaan die brandewynkommando dit die naweek vir oom ET doen?Seker weer n paar ou SA vlae wapper in Pretoria se tuine en op die paviljoen in NZ.Thanks god daar is nie die naweek n game op Moftus nie.Kan net dink hoe daai spul opgewerkte gesuipte en ekstra brawe etters van Snorcity sou perform het op die paviljoene na Vrydag se begrafnis.BB'e se nuwe lied seker De La Ray De La Ray!? Steve petrolpomp gaan seker saam met Bok sing met Amore as backup poeper ag ek meen sanger!?Hehehehehehe...GO THE CHIEFS RY N DING BLOOTS!

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