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Bulls unchanged for Crusaders

2012-04-04 12:35

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says his players have put last weekend’s narrow defeat to the Stormers behind them and are eager to face the Crusaders in their Super Rugby clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

“We are looking forward to this contest against the Crusaders," Ludeke said after he named his team on Wednesday.

"They are a side that get the best out of us as a team and we respect their ability.

“Ball movement will be vital this weekend, to make sure we are disciplined and control the ball for 80 minutes.”

Ludeke, for the third consecutive week, kept his starting XV unchanged.

He blamed a lack of discipline for his side’s 20-17 defeat to the Stormers in Cape Town last week when they conceded 14 penalties and a yellow card.

“On Saturday discipline cost us, and penalty kicks were the major difference between the two sides," Ludeke said.

"Fourteen penalties (conceded) was not good enough.

“Win or lose we address that at our previews on a Monday. There is accountability.

"We look at it and we help players to make better and more accurate decisions.

“There were some silly penalties and it is a thing that we need to totally get out of our game.”

While Ludeke talked tough on Wednesday, he believed his troops would make up for their transgressions against the Stormers.

“This weekend it will be vital again and I believe the players will clear up their act at the breakdown, scrum time, wherever in the game,” he said.

A mere two points separate the Bulls and the Crusaders on the Super Rugby log, with both teams having lost two matches of their five so far this season.

The Crusaders got their two-match South African tour off to a good start with a 23-13 win over the Lions in Johannesburg last week.

The New Zealand side's coach, Todd Blackadder, however, was not impressed with his squad’s performance and the Bulls can expect an improved Crusaders outfit.

The seven-time Super Rugby champions have been firing hot and cold this season but Bulls skipper Pierre Spies still had immense admiration for them.

“The Crusaders are another quality team, who have been a championship side for the past few years,” Spies said.

“One has respect for the Crusaders as a team and for what they have achieved. They have a couple of All Blacks, so they will be settled.

“It is a quality side against who we will play this weekend and they would like to keep the momentum on their tour.

“It is going to be a tough match and we will have to prepare ourselves for that.”

Kick-off is at 17:05 SA time.

Teams:

Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 JJ Engelbrecht

Crusaders:

TBA

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Comments
  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 12:40

    As long as they don't play in that ghastly PINK again !!! Bulls by 12!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-04 12:47

      @Charles, this is rugby, if you want to see a fashion show, watch Fashion TV. What is the problem with the damn Pink jerseys??? It's a bloody colour like orange, green, yellow etc. But I do agree with you on the win, the margin - I'm not too sure

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 12:52

      Exactly Rene - so then dress like rugby men, not Stormers girls. That pink is a disaster and they know it. Jacaranda lavender my @ss. It's blerrie PINK !!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-04 13:04

      @Charles, it is 'blerrie' Pink - and not 'berry' Pink. But hey, look whats inside the 'blerrie' Pink, THAT'S whats important now, don't you think?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 13:05

      No I meant 'blerrie', as in bloody/bladdy... As long as they keep winning, I'll live, hopefully ....

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-04 13:11

      @Charles, I know - relax I don't mind the shirts, the shorts could have been a different colour (too much pink - but wth, as long as they play rugga, they can go in any colour)

      Hanjo - 2012-04-04 13:15

      Charles, it's both actually, the jersey is pink and purple(or Jacaranda lavender if you prefer) , I agree with Rene though , nothing more than a colour(s)...or what do you propose, we limit the colours of rugby jerseys to black, white, Grey and Khaki? real "manly" colours...??

  • Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-04 12:44

    I'm quite happy with the team, however, I would have started with JJ instead of Johann Sadie. But I do believe Sadie 'self-esteem/confidence' is a bit low at the moment - and maybe they (Management) is trying to get it back on par. But to work on personal issues when we play the Crusaders, wow, I think a bit of a gamble. Pierre, this time, when the points are on OFFER, please take it... Go Bulls, make us supporters proud.

      Saffa - 2012-04-04 12:51

      @Rene - Sadie's defence has always been a little iffy. This is not the game for them to be building his confidence, as he will have to stop Freuan (who hasn't been 'that' effective this season, but with Dan C calling the backline plays now - this might change very quickly). JJ is a solid defender, and as I said at the time, I was more upset with JJ going than with Sadie going up north. JJ is solid on the wing and in the centre......and would NOT let you chaps down if given a start.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-04 13:06

      @Saffa, I'm glad to see you survived the 'onslaught' - never doubt it though. Sometimes I think the selectors should call in the 'female brigade', why do we see things, they don't??? JJ deserves to start and most Bulls supporters feel the same.

      Hanjo - 2012-04-04 13:23

      Rene, I have a better idea, where is young Francois Venter? bring him back with Olivier in the #13 jersey. I would give JJ a few starts as the season goes along, at wing though...he is destined for greatness..... Sadie on the other hand has been talked up too much, I find it strange that after he felt the need to tell the media about his improved conditioning up north he's been injured after 10minutes of Super Rugby, and since his return from injury has been replaced early in both games and can now be seen with a pack of ice, nursing some niggle on the bench shortly after the 60th minute. I feel he was owned by de Jongh on the weekend.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-04 13:34

      @Hanjo, Francois was left wanting against the Blues, now he is playing VC Cup... I'm sure he will tour to Australasia. I think Sadie is trying too hard, the world knows what he is earning at the Bulls and he is trying his damnedest to impress! It will come right in time. I also prefer WO on 13, the few times he started in that position, he was helluva impressive (but then again, he always impresses!!!) I think they (JdJ & JS) were on par, but if you consider experience vs youth, Sadie did jollie OK!

  • Saffa - 2012-04-04 12:48

    My PRO Bulls comment for the day: What about giving Frik Kirsten a start? Against the Saders that would have been a good call I reckon.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 12:54

      The crusaders usually get mauled at Loftus. Especially the last 4 or 5 years. The Bulls won't lose at home after last week. Crusaders are in for a world of hurt!

  • The-third - 2012-04-04 12:52

    Good. Give the same team a chance to get things right. I think they are going to klap the Crusaders, I really do.

  • Charl - 2012-04-04 13:02

    Sorry but Crusaders wil win this one

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 13:07

      Not so. Bulls have more than enough firepower this season, they've shown it. They almost beat the log leading Stormers in Cape Town, Stormers got out of jail with dodgy ref calls and only 3 points. Crusaders struggled against Lions. Bulls will take this one

      Charl - 2012-04-04 13:11

      i wil be back. laughing in your face coz you lost to the stormers and the mighty Crusaders. @Charles. remember the Crusaders can up there game whenever they want to.

      Riaan - 2012-04-04 15:25

      @Dumbwin. Stormers should have won by more if it wasnt for the ref missing a forward pass with Oliviers try. Please move on already.

  • Riaan - 2012-04-04 14:15

    From a Stormers supporter: Good luck for Saturday. My only concern is Flip "yellow card" VD Merwe. The Bulls did well last Saturday when he got sent off but generally scoring points on a yellow is the exception to the rule. Hopefully Flip can keep his indiscipline in check.

  • Innis - 2012-04-04 14:18

    Will the colour scheme change though?...

      Innis - 2012-04-04 15:29

      Shame Raven, wondjies nog bietjie rou. jammer man.

  • Arno - 2012-04-04 14:51

    Feel sorry for Crusaders that have to face a hurt bulls team!!!And the red their wearing wont really be of much help!!!And come 2nd june.........The score wont just be 3 point in fav for the bulls!!!Brace urself stormers supporters!!!!

      Riaan - 2012-04-04 14:56

      I am braced. And please put a shirt on.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-04 15:33

      @Arno, true that!!! Like the way you think!!!! :):):)

  • hannes.handogg - 2012-04-04 17:51

    Looi hulle Bulle. Gee daai manne n ordentlike pakslae. Stormers Groete.

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