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Bulls to decide on Flip

2012-07-18 07:50

Cape Town - The Bulls have to decide if they're going to pick lock Flip van der Merwe ahead of Wilhelm Steenkamp for their Super Rugby playoff against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Bulls travelled to New Zealand with the same 22 players who beat the Lions 37-20 last week, plus Van der Merwe and prop Dawie Steyn.

Van der Merwe was out with a hip injury and according to Beeld coach Frans Ludeke will make a decision on Wednesday whether or not to pick the Springbok in his starting team ahead of Steenkamp.

That will be the only chance for a game which many believe will be a bridge too far for the men from Pretoria.

The Crusaders have won 96 of their 117 home Super Rugby games since 1996 - staggering winning percentage of 82% - which puts into perspective the enormity of the task for Pierre Spies's men. The Bulls have played the Crusaders nine times in New Zealand, winning only once, in 1996.

However, the Bulls will take heart from their recent playoff success against the Crusaders. They have beaten the New Zealanders in their last three playoff clashes, although all three encounters were played in South Africa.

In 2007 the Bulls won the semi-final 27-12 at Loftus Versfeld; in 2009 they won 36-23 at Loftus, and in 2010 they ran out 39-24 victors at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

The Crusaders won the 2006 semi-final 35-15 in Christchurch.


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Comments
  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-18 07:55

    where is tom he not first?

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-18 08:18

      Probably still at the gym,pumping those goons:):)

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-18 08:30

      sharks 4eva!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-18 09:05

      o no lionel its because he such a big bull supporter he only comments first on every article that ain't about bulls first.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 13:43

      listen chaans some ous have lifes hey, not like u ous who sit here all day every day - i need to pomp yster, pomp cousin and pomp some protein powder. so i dont have time to skop it with u brasse. now im by the pool working on my tan. my moms bringing me a sandwich and a jagerbomb.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 13:44

      and i have taken a vow never to reply to mongo visser. could someone tell him, because he so desperately wants my attention

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-18 07:57

    If Flip doesn't play the bulls can forget it Wilhelm isn't a qaulity player at lock nor does he deserve a bull jersey he's been running around provinces looking for game time since he never could play at the bulls whilst Botha was there and now he thinks he's no 1 all of the sudden

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-18 08:19

    If I were the Bulls I would play Steenkamp,Flip is a walking yellow card...good luck Bulls

      hvanderlinde - 2012-07-18 08:34

      Have to agree with that

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-18 09:09

      are you not forgetting about dean penalty greyling? add ten minutes of fourteen players and a few points!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-18 09:15

      Ja Paul,that one two,he is just as bad as Flip,if not worse.

  • wouter.vanheerden2 - 2012-07-18 08:30

    Hierdie mag dalk die laaste game wees vir die Bulle maar na die einde van verlede jaar het almal gedink en geglo dat die Bulle nie 'n faktor sal wees in vanjaar se superugby nie weens dat so baie spelers die span na verlede jaar se wereld beker verlaat het. Wat ookal saterdag gebeur of hul wen of verloor weet ek dat ek trots is op die span. Die saders gaan heel moontlik wen maar as die Bulle dit reg kry om die saders op hul eie veld tetroef sal dit 'n groot bonus wees vir Suid- Afrikaanse rugby

      niel.walt - 2012-07-18 08:36

      Basically every single player they lost was replaced by a springbok so I don't really see the issue.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-07-18 08:51

      Wouter are you saying that if Victor Matfiled, Bakkies Botha, Danie Roussouw and Fourie Dupreez were still there, you would have fared much better?

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-07-18 08:56

      @ Wouter, Ek hoop en wens ook die SA spanne wen die naweek, maar om jou stelling te beantwoord....gaan lees asb weer die kommentaar van Feb, Maart en April en jy sal sien hoe groot 90% van die Bulls ondersteuners se monde was. Gaan lees weer hulle kommentaar voor elke game teen die Stormers en of Sharks en jy sal sien dat hulle beslis nie soos jy stel "het almal gedink en geglo dat die Bulle nie n faktor sal wees...." Jy noem ook baie spelers het die Bulls na die wereldbeker verlaat......feite !!! en ek stem saam maar ander provinsies het ook verliese of beserings gehad, dink maar aan die Stormers se Louw, Burger, Vermeulen ens. Gaan lees maar weer wat se die Bulls onderst .....3 bekers Stormers 0? Het jy al iewers gelees die Crusaders praat van hulle 7 bekers of dat hulle het verlede jaar nie n stadion gehad nie en al hulle wedstryde op ander stadions moes speel? Enige verskonings van hulle kant? Ek is bly jy is trots op jou span want jy het rede om trots te wees op hulle, maar daar is GEEN verskonings hoekom hulle nie kan wen nie, immers is daar ongeveer 12 Springbokke in daardie span of hoe?

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-18 08:56

      Hulle het goed begin en dit het gelyk of hulle nie een van die groot name mis nie. Met 4 verlore uit die laaste 6 games (en 2 wenne op Loftus teen SA se swakste spanne) is daar nie baie om op trots te wees nie - TENSY hulle Saterdag kan wen! Die oomblik toe Heyneke se support team die Bulle verlaat toe val dinge inmekaar. Ons is in groot moeilikheid met Ludeke en Spies daar - langtermyn moeilikheid!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-18 09:36

      @melt, Die stormer/wp manne se bekke is al vir 10 jaar groot

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-07-18 11:32

      @maakdiebulle, Nee ek kan nie met jou saamstem nie, ek is al jare n Stormer ondersteuner ek weet vir n feit dat daar n hele paar jaar was wat ons as onderst baie ga ga goed oor ons spelers en afrigters geskryf het. So ja miskien was ons bekke groot, maar dit was groot omdat ons span swak gespeel het en ons as ondersteuners gekla het, nie gebreg het nie. As jy na die Bulle se spelers en strukture gaan kyk behoort hulle baie beter as 5 de of 6 de op die log te wees. As jy daarby reken dat Heineke die Ghoere van SA afrigting is en hy kies steeds 8 van die Bulle in sy Springbokspan met Spies op no 8, behoort daar mos absoluut niks te wees om oor te kla nie. Feit is verlede week was daar seker nie eens 10 000 toeskouers op Loftus nie (4 000) was Lions ondersteuners, dan vra ons wat is fout? Nee ek wys nie vinger nie maar as jy vandag die keuse gehad het om n span af te rig sou jy die Stormers of Bulle gevat het? Die jaar het die Bulle hul ondersteuners se monde en nie kritici se monde stil gespeel. Ek hoort eerlik vir SA se part hulle wen Saterdag.... so sterkte.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 13:45

      comments are too long, didnt read

  • gawie.krotz - 2012-07-18 08:47

    The bulls know they need Flip van der Merwe because he's the best when it comes to making false accusations...I watch that replay from the last time these two teams met..the replay clearly showed how he knocked he's had in a tackle and heard he's eye..there wasn't even a single hand close to he's face. Rugby isn't for sissies mate!!! Stormers groete!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-07-18 08:54

      "heard" his eye? or hurt?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 13:46

      he knocked he's had in a tackle and heard he's eye....gawie kotz, you need to get your had checked buddy

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 13:47

      looked at profile, feel the same as when replying to mongo visser. we now have mongo kotz

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-18 08:53

    We need him to keep Werner's head out of his own @r$e - that is if he has found it after the Lions game!

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-18 09:02

    http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=176442

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-18 09:12

    I'm just hoping The Stormers "Bunnies" can win this. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than beating the Bull's a 3rd time and in a semi.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 13:47

      pleasure, beating, bulls, semi DISGUSTING - u must live in cape town

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