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Bulls ready for 'true test'

2012-03-08 07:26

Cape Town - Bulls captain Pierre Spies says the nice thing about playing the Blues is that their playing style provides opportunities to counter attack.

And the men from Pretoria are renowned for their ability to pounce on the opposition's mistakes.

Spies told the Beeld newspaper the Blues are definitely one of the most potent attacking teams in Super Rugby, but they see it more as an incentive to strike back.

"They can hurt you in many ways. Their side are full of experience and guys like Piri Weepu and Ma'a Nonu, both World Cup winners, are also there.

"However, what I have learnt from my previous experiences against them is that they also allow you chances to play positive rugby," said Spies.

The two teams did not play each other last year, but the Aucklanders comfortably won their 2010 encounter at Eden Park.

"One writes those (past) seasons off, but one thing I can tell the guys is that it will be a true test of rugby.

"They are very physical, like to carry the ball and the fact that their kicking has improved, makes them a more well-rounded side.

"But once they start throwing the ball around it gives the defensive team chances to pile on the pressure and force errors," said Spies.

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:

TBA

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Comments
  • Henri - 2012-03-08 07:43

    Kyk hoe oulik lyk princess spies in daai truitjie, Voorspoed Bulle, ek sal julle ondersteun die naweek, maar die Lions gaan vir my baie bly maak die naweek, ek voel dit aankom !!!!!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-03-08 07:48

      @Zoolie Ek hoop regtig die Lions gaan ons almal bly maak. Kan jy jou self die paniek indink daar in Natal as die Sharks hulle eerste drie games verloor het. Dit kan interesant raak. (Maar as die Lions verloor gaan ons paniek in JHB sien)

      Jason - 2012-03-08 11:07

      @Alicia why would you wish the Bulls luck??? just asking!

      Jason - 2012-03-08 13:15

      LOL I love all the thumbs down obviously from people who STILL dont understand conference rugby!!! If she is a Stormer supporter then she has to shout for the Blues, because only the top two sa teams from the SA conference go through...................why is this hard to understand! I promise you all the Stormers players are also hoping for a blues win.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-03-08 15:02

      @blou daan - Dit kan nogals 'n ding afgee as die sharks 3 in 'n ry verloor, maar dit is 'n baie lang kompetisie. Hoop net nie enige moonlike toekomstige sprinbokke word beseer nie, want ek dink die een gaan intens wees, altwee die spanne gaan hard (en desperaat) veg tot die einde om die een te wen.

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-08 07:43

    Dit gaan seker nie te maklik wees vir die Bulle nie, maar ek glo hulle sal die game vat en met die momentum wat die Bulle nou het kan hulle ons dalk veras en met n volgende bonus punt uitstap vir vier driee. Soos dit nou lyk gaan die Bulle nie maklik gestop word nie.....!!!!

      Jaco - 2012-03-08 07:55

      Stem saam die res van SA spanne sal hulle huiswerk moet reg hê vir die Bulls.

      Jason - 2012-03-08 08:38

      The Bulls are going to have a tough game on their hands I think. The Blues are a game or two away from finding their rhythm and then they are going to be deadly. I hate conference Rugby, I want the SA team to win, but i know that i should be cheering for the Blues as a Stormers supporter. it Sucks!

      Jason - 2012-03-08 11:09

      Yes unfortunately I do, which is why I am hoping they are only one game away!

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-08 09:01

    "One writes those (past) seasons off..." I agree Spies, wiser words have never been spoken

  • Paul - 2012-03-08 09:07

    Bulls to pop the Kiwis bubble; expect a win by 20+ points

  • Nico - 2012-03-08 09:11

    Blues are a much weaker side without Kaino and Wulf. Add to that the fact that they never play well in their 1st game in SA and it would seem that the Bulls have a huge advantage. But then again having a backline with Ranger, Toeava and Nonu in it, you just can't write them off. The Bulls defense is looking solid this season and the Blues are under huge pressure to get a win, this should be an awesome game. If the Bulls starve the Blues backs of ball with forward dominance then it should be a comfortable win, but if the Blues forwards put up a good fight and give the backs some good ball then the Blues will sneak it. GO BLUES!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 09:45

      Hi @Nico - I hope you are well. Watch the Blues hit their straps in CT next weekend......Not sure if that will make me cheer or cry to be honest.

      Nico - 2012-03-08 10:07

      Long time no see Saffa. Don't think you have anything to worry about next weekend. Pat Lam is really effing up this Blues team. Hopefully it will be his last season at the Blues. He has achieved nothing at the Blues and look at the talented players he has had. He left some good youngsters at home and seems to be ok with his under-achieving forwards. Moli(young lock) should've been given a chance in SA because Williams/Boric combo is clearly not working. But he been left at home. Stormers are looking good this year, nice to see them with some good young tough forwards. Especially been impressed with Etzebeth and Kollisi.

      Nico - 2012-03-08 10:19

      From bad to worse.... Toeava injured, gone back to NZ and Hobbs

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 12:26

      @Nico - I have always been a Pat Lam fan and I have defended much of what he has done with the Blues - but this season, it seems as though the wheels have come off totally - and IMHO that starts with management staff and coaching. I seriously tipped the Blues (somewhat subjectively of course...) to top the Kiwi conference and possibly the overall log. Very disappointing to watch a team of individuals (SUCH talented ones at that) mope around a playing field clueless - Inconsistency and discipline has always been a "Blues" thing, but last weeks game especially went far beyond those 2 things. The lineouts?????? WTF? That said - when it comes off, whoever is on the receiving end is going to be hammered. And I hope it isn't going to be the Stormers... PS: If the Bulls forwards have an 'off' night and the kick and chase is not SPOT ON - watch the Blues run rampant....Not sure they will win - but it could be a wonderful spectacle :)

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 16:00

      @Nico But then again, we know it is very rare for the mighty Bulls to have an off night. I predict Bulls by 25

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