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Blues' losses mean 'nothing'

2012-03-07 14:41

Pretoria - Bulls skipper Pierre Spies says it would be foolish to judge the Blues on their losses in the first two rounds of the competition ahead of their Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

“It actually says nothing, this competition is so tough," said Spies on Wednesday.

"You can lose your first few games and right in the end you can be back in it again.

Spies said the Blues would be hurting but would be well-prepared for the match against the Bulls.

“With the quality players they have in their team, I am sure they will pitch on Saturday to rectify those first two games.”

Former Lions scrumhalf Jano Vermaak would receive his first starting berth for the Bulls on Saturday, replacing regular halfback Francois Hougaard who is suspended.

Hougaard received a red card in last weekend's match against the Cheetahs for a tip-tackle on Robert Ebersohn and earned himself a week's ban.

Vermaak has played 73 Super Rugby for the Cats and the Lions and joined the Bulls at the end of the 2011 season.

The only other change to the match day 22 sees Ruan Snyman taking Vermaak's place on the bench.

“He (Vermaak) is also dying to play and worked hard in the off season," Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said at the team announcement in Pretoria.

"Hougies (Hougaard) had the first two games as the starting [scrumhalf] and Jano only came on last week as an impact player.

“He is a quality player with over 60 Super Rugby games for the Lions and he is a class act in his own way.”

Ludeke said even though the Bulls beat the Cheetahs 51-19 over the weekend, his charges needed to reduce the amount of penalties they were conceding.

“If you go and have a close look at the penalties, there are some grey things and I’ve cleared it with the referee Craig Joubert," he said.

"We can be better and make better decisions and be smarter there especially at the tackle and breakdown area.”

The log-leading Bulls, who have won both of their matches so far, play the Blues for the first time since 2010.

The Blues have looked one of the stronger teams in the competition despite their two losses against the Crusaders (18-19) and the Chiefs (29-14) last weekend.

“They are a quality side and we know we are going to have a great clash on Saturday," Ludeke said.

"We just want to focus on our own strengths and play better than last week."

Teams:

Bulls:


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling
 
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht

Blues:
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Comments
  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-07 14:51

    Ek glo die Bulle sal reg wees vir die Blues Saterdag. Was vanoggend so vinnig in daar by Loftus en was verbaas om te sien dat Balie Swart gehelp het met die skrum oefeninge. Die manne het vir my baie "reg" gelyk :-)

      Lionel - 2012-03-07 15:07

      Stadig Daan,jys n getroude man:):):):):) Ek dink julle voorspelers sal te sterk wees vir hulle,eks net bietjie bekommered oor hulle agter spelers want as daai manne begin hardloop dan hardloop hulle enige span in die grond in!!! Sterkte vir Saterdag my maat!!!!!

  • Lionel - 2012-03-07 14:56

    For once I agree with what Spies says,don't underestimate the Blues,they under huge pressure from the Auckland public and need a win!!!

      Pierre - 2012-03-07 15:28

      Stormers assured of 4 log points this weekend! You must be proud.

      Lionel - 2012-03-07 15:37

      Every week we get 4 points:):):)

      Pierre - 2012-03-07 16:22

      The ilusive 5 points?

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:24

      Are all Pierre's absolute fairies?

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:31

      Fairies with their hands on the Super cup year in and year out.

      Pierre - 2012-03-07 16:32

      No, just me. You gay Saffa?

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:32

      2011? Was that a year 'out'?

      Pierre - 2012-03-07 16:34

      The year we were bi?

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:36

      Just took a break in 2011, it would have been really boring winning it 3 years in a row. So 3 cups in 5 years currently. For those who don't know, that's 3 more than the Stormers in the history of Stormer rugby

  • Saffa - 2012-03-07 15:44

    Our Springbok captain, Spies

      Henri - 2012-03-07 15:56

      sjoe saffa, daai west coast lyk my tas nou jou oe ook aan.

      Lionel - 2012-03-07 15:59

      Zoolie,dus daai fake poephol!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:10

      @Zoolie I changed my mind after breathing the fresh air. Spies is captain of the top-of-the-log Super team, so lets give credit where credit is due.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:15

      @Zoolie.....I can assure you that Pierre Spies will never be my 1st choice to captain anything (in fact I doubt he could captain a dinghy in a fish pond).....The Canadian doctor however (who seems to enjoy faking a female profile...mine) rates Tinkerbell highly..

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:18

      @Zoolie Just kidding, Spies is a quality player prepared to do the hard work and not worried about showing off standing around in the backline like fat Duane.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:23

      Doctor Death....The more intelligent amongst those who post here are well aware of who is who in the zoo.......I can assure you, they know my feelings with regard to 'Strykyster Spies' and his fake tackles......And you forgot to put the SIR in front of Duane. Dankie.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:28

      Sir Spies then, captaining the nr 1 team on the log. You need an IQ of at least 20 for "Sir" status, disqualifying Duane

      Blou-Daan - 2012-03-07 16:31

      @Saffa & Saffa Gaan julle twee nog lank wees :-)))))))))) Altwee van julle kan nou maar aanvaar, Spies is die kaptein van die toekoms....!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:32

      @Blou Daan Dankie Daan, stem saam

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:32

      @Blou Daan Dankie Daan, stem saam

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:34

      @Blou Daan - die dag wat die Bokke WEER opgeskep sit met 'n kaptein wat NIE sy plek in sy span verdien, is die dag dat ek SARU se headquarters flour bomb......

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:36

      @Blou Daan fake Saffa will be done soon, she does not have internet at home

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 16:41

      @fake Saffa Like Skinstad and Krige?

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 17:15

      Doctor Death........Not only do I have internet access at home, I also have a LIFE at home, which is why you will not find me commenting 24/7...(unlike someone else going by the name 'Saffa'). Have a good evening all. PS: Malpractice comes to those who spend more time on websites than on their patients - thought for the day, NO CHARGE.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 17:20

      @fake Saffa HA HA HA, you can't even pronounce the word "malpractice" my dear. Call your lawyer and ask him to explain it to you. And for your internet at home, will you please just do one post around 9pm SA time, I'm not so sure you have internet at home.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 17:28

      Oh dear @Doctor Death - it seems my comment on malpractice has 'hit a little nerve'?

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 17:38

      @Saffa OK, so why don't you go ahead and call the College of physicians and surgeons in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tell them you in CT, South Africa and would like to charge one of their orthopedic surgeons for writing anti-Stormer comments on a SA rugby blog. Please make sure you record the conversation for me, I'd like to hear the laughter rivaled only by people seeing the Stormers trophy cabinet.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 17:54

      Why should I be tasked with that old chap? Insulting the Stormers and their fans, stealing profiles and acting like an all round batty boy in no way constitutes medical malpractice......I will leave it to your patients to contact whomever they desire should they find your 'service' less than professional. Personally, I enjoy your attempts to remain in 'contact' with the country you left.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 18:32

      @Saffa I love SA. And the Bulls. And glad you moved on from the "malpractice" thing, that was a bit rediculous to say the least.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 19:28

      REdiculous? And you are an educated man? I am not going anywhere........so we will continue to 'spoil' this forum for the decent folk who actually want to discuss rugby. I am in no way intimidated by the gang of morbidly obese and emotionally stunted Bulls brekers who want to 'control' these forums........so continue.

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 19:52

      So not rediculous? So explain to me how I can be quilty of malpractice by posting on here?

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-07 20:01

      Kom nou, julle. Kry ent!

      Saffa - 2012-03-07 20:03

      @Bull Jammer man, fake Saffa vermaak my net 'n bietjie. Maar ek dink haar geld by die internet cafe is nou op

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-07 20:15

      Dis reg so, regte Saffa. Ek weet nie hoekom sy jou profile gesteel het in die eerste plek nie.

  • Francois - 2012-03-07 17:00

    Bulls to win by 13

  • Saffa - 2012-03-07 18:52

    @fake Saffa I guess you done work, pitty you don't have internet at home. Gives you a few extra hours to bash the Bulls

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-03-07 19:15

    Saffa? asseblief kry net n lewe, jy comment elke dag op al die rugby nuus en maak dit vir die res van ons almal onsmaaklik. Wie doen dit? 24/7 op die page en kraak almal af, kry net asb vir jou n lewe en maak almal se dag!

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-03-07 19:42

    Stalk much? bewys net weereens my woorde! Dankie

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-03-07 20:11

    Weet jy wat? Hou maar aan met jou onbenullige gechit chat. Jy maak dit vir ons almal makliker om inteligent te klink.

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-03-07 20:24

    Los vir Melissa uit die storie uit. Ek praat met jou, nie met mense rondom jou nie. Dis n regte pienk bul mentaliteit om altyd persoonlik te raak. Maak nie saak hoeveel bekers nie, n bul bly maar n kommen ding. Ons is dom maar ons kan scrum? Nie eers nie kaapse ondersteuners is so kommen daar op die spoorweg paweljoen nie en almal van hulle het nie eers al hulle voortande nie, dis n bitter pil om te sluk.

      Lion - 2012-03-08 00:43

      Saffa, Hy se mos hy is dom maar hy kan lekker skrum. All explained

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-03-07 20:43

    Ek? my naam krater maak? lol, as jy so se!

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-03-07 20:46

    Ok, my comment op die rugby, stem saam met Spies, die blues gaan lus wees vir die game. Hul span is elke jaar vol groot name maar speel met te veel flair en te min struktuur en dis hoekom ek, as n stormers supporter, dink die bulle gaan te sterk wees vir hulle op loftus

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-03-07 20:50

    Ek is glad nie skaam nie, dit is n rugby nuusblad nie vir mense wat sinvolle gesprekke oor rugby wil he. Dis mense soos jy wat nie hier hoort nie want jy bederf dit vir almal. Jy comment elke dag op al die artikels en haak net vas by bulle en hoeveel bekers. Ek begin twyfel of jy ooit iets weet van rugby af. Skaam? Ja ek skaam my vir jou wat jouself n rugby ondersteuner noem. Hou net op met die nonsens en kom ons gesels rugby? Of wil jy die laaste vinger in die pie he? wel kry vir jou

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-07 20:53

      Jy gaan n beroerte kry, boeta.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-07 21:22

      Saffa, ek weet nie wat sy probleem is nie. As n vooraanstaande en gesiene man soos jy by my sussie kuier, sal ek nie omgee nie.

      Melt - 2012-03-08 06:26

      @Bulldozer, Vooraanstaande en gesiene man????? My hel nou weet ek presies wie Saffa is......daardie vet mannetjie wat Saterdae in die blou truie met sy neusring staan en lawaai??? Jou sussie moet dan daardie groot tannie met die tatto op die voorarms wees. As hulle aan mekaar voorgestel gaan word het ons een van die dae nog n fris Bull voorspeler???

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 15:57

      @Melt Dis reg, taamlike voorry

  • Johan - 2012-03-07 21:43

    The Bulls being humble as always!

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