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Fit Flip back for Bulls

2012-07-18 09:13

Johannesburg - Lock lock Flip van der Merwe returns from injury in the only change to the Bulls team.

Van der Merwe, who has recovered from a hip injury that saw him miss last week's 37-20 victory over the Lions, replaces Wilhelm Steenkamp in the second row.

Steenkamp drops to the bench and CJ stander falls out the match 22.

Spies said the return of a seasoned player like Van der Merwe gave his side a timely boost ahead of the crunch clash.

"You have to use every bit of experience and the players who have it must bring it to the fore," he said.

"It is important that it counts in your favour on the day.

"We have enough experience in the team and it is a great challenge to us as a group."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said his players were aware of the extent of the challenge they faced against one of Super Rugby's most successful sides.

"They are a good team, we respect them and we know their ability," Ludeke said.

"They have shown throughout the year on a number of occasions that if you allow them to get momentum they can make it difficult for you."

Teams:

Crusaders:

TBA

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Juandre 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 Deon Stegmann, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Francois Venter

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Comments
  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-18 09:16

    Big Mistake,who leaves out a youngster like CJ Stander.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-18 10:08

      CJ is being punished for leaving - end of story. And the sad part is that he should be our first choice no 8 but he has realised that he will never get playing time at 8 because Spies will still be there for the next 7 years. Idiots...

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-18 10:13

      I gotta agree with you Rinus,just like Ashley Johnson was left on the bench with the Cheetahs cause he also said he was leaving,sad. On the Spies issue.....some things are better left unsaid:):)

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-18 10:48

      If the Bulls are to win this and beat the s**t out of the Crusaders then both Jacques & Dewald Potgieter holds the key for the Bulls. The Bulls needs to smash and rock Dan Carter really hard early on in the match with a few strong,body shocking tackles on him to put the Crusaders ace player in his place and on the back foot.He'll recover as is normal,but at least the Bulls would've made their intentions loud and clear from the kick-off.The Bulls have a huge chance to win this if they don't get intimidated by what Crusaders throws at them. Kicking mastermind,Morne Steyn,needs to be at his level best and kick everything at goal that's within the 50meter range. Good luck to the Bulls.You might surprise a few people come matchday.

      jason.children - 2012-07-18 10:53

      Morning Chaps and Trolls! Crusaders will probably adopt a wide expansive game. They will try, in the beginning, to man up against the Bulls and if that doesnt work they will play the ball wide. Very dangerous backline!

      jason.children - 2012-07-18 10:54

      Oh and the Bulls will adopt the cutting edge kick and chase type game plan, and if that doesnt work they will adopt the cutting edge kick and chase type game plan!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-18 11:34

      Raven,youve decided to grace us with your presence,welcome back,have not heard from you since..... dare I mention it... your hiding from the Sharks:):):) Stander is better than Spies and thats a fact!!!!!!!!!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-18 11:54

      Just cant stay away',hey Raven,miss us to much:):):)

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-18 11:56

      Raven, ek was laas Saterdag op Nuweland - sonder 'n WP trui. En dit sal so bly vir altyd. Daar is 'n verskil tussen fanaties en realisties en eersgenoemde word verkeerd interpreteer omdat die woord "fan" daarin voorkom. Intussen is dit eintlik mense wat hulle self opblaas, soos in met plofstof. Jy moes sekerlik al agtergekom het gedurende die jaar dat dit BAIE makliker is om na die tyd te kom erken dat jy verkeerd was as jy nie gedink het jou span gaan wen nie. Dis seker hoekom die meeste Bulls supporters wat hulle self aanstel as "number 1 fan" tydens die laaste 2 maande baie stil was vir 'n paar dae na Saterdag. Dis ook die spul vir wie ek my skaam - wat selfs my facebook message met dreig boodskappe. Pateties sê ek vir jou. Ek lig my opinie en ek was nog nie verkeerd bewys nie. Die probleem is dat niemand na die tyd vir jou sê "jy was reg" nie want grootbekke verdwyn stil-stil. Ek glo Spies is verkeerde keuse, as speler en Kaptein. Ek glo ons het 'n fout gemaak om nie vir CJ te kies nie. Spies het my nog nie verkeerd bewys nie. Ek glo ook Ludeke is nie die regte persoon om ons af te rig nie. Die feit dat ons 4 uit 6 verloor het en die 2 wenne teen SA se swakste spanne op Loftus was, beteken ook hy het my nie verkeerd bewys nie want dinge het uitmekaar geval toe die res van die afrigtings-span weg is. Nie aan die begin van die seisoen toe die ou manne ophou speel het nie - toe het ons baie goed gedoen, so dit is nie 'n verskoning nie. Los nou die Stormer trui nonsens asb.

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-18 11:57

      @rinus- ek moet saam met kraai stem oor di dilemma. Baie Bul ondersteuners is gefrustreurd met 'n paar dinge, maar maar maar om jo innerlike trauma met ons geliefde Blou spannetjie en hul probleempies hier op stoomers24, tussen vyandige elemente uit te basuin, is ni altyd wys ni?? familie probleme word binne huis, agter toe deure opgelos?? word slim en ondersteun ons span of of verander van kleur....

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-18 13:00

      rinus, as hulle CJ wou straf sou hulle hom nie eers saamgevat het nie!

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-18 09:17

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

      dewald.botha.50 - 2012-07-18 10:09

      Mot

  • pomene.stormer - 2012-07-18 09:29

    Bulls is klaar 6 punte down en speel weer 20 minute met 14 man - dis wat die besluit beteken. Maak nie saak nie - go Bulls - ek is definitief aan Stormer supporter wat julle die naweek support - maar net die naweek en dis al !!!

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-18 09:29

    Go Bulle ! The Bulls have to bring their A game.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-18 10:06

    This must be the best news possible for Werner - without Flip behind him he must pop his face out of his own backside after each scrum!

  • Wesley - 2012-07-18 10:14

    I just want the BULLS to smash the Saders!!!!! Do it for SA boys! meanwhile, STOOOOORMERS!!!!!!!!!!!

      niel.walt - 2012-07-18 10:31

      Yet again, beat maybe, smash, doubt it.

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-18 12:42

      verreneweer hulle!!!!!!! Bulle

  • pat.cam.71 - 2012-07-18 11:01

    how do u name your son flip??? its like his dad said flip, its a boy!!! and stuck with flip!! flippin hell

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-18 11:36

      like a PAT on the back

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-18 13:26

      @pat- have to say, I like the name your mommy gave you?? pat against the head, for every stupid commend yo bring??

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 15:28

      better than leaning tower of pisa

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-18 12:05

    Flip se probleem is hy probeer n Bakkies Botha wees, plek om net sy eie game te speel. Dink dis n fout om CJ by die huis te los. GO Bulle!!!!!!!! Go Sharks!!!!!!!! Bulls Groete!!!

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-18 13:07

      Nou dave, hoekom is dit nou juis 'n "probleem"

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-18 13:34

      nou @dave, as jy gese' het, Houghaard moet sy eie tipe spel speel en ni 'n generaal F du Preez probeer wees, het ons miskien saam gestem, WANT hulle is glad ni dieselfde speler ni?? maaaar Flip en Bakkies, hulle is enforcers met groot lywe en groot krag, so Flip, doen 'n Flip?? andersins as daai adrenalien begin pomp en jy word so groenerig en jo oe so effe rooierig en jo kleure begin van jou lyf afskeur en di aarde sidder onder jo spiere- doen 'n Bakkies!!!!!!!

  • thabiso.s.bokwe - 2012-07-18 17:06

    Good luck Bulls... Fly the flag!\r\n#i_am_a_stormer.

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