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Ludeke confident in youngsters

2012-02-21 16:06

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke is confident the young centre combination of Johann Sadie and Francois Venter will be able to handle the pressure in their maiden match alongside one another.

“We know the players well enough to know what they can bring to the team," Ludeke said on Tuesday.

"We are confident in the two youngsters, and we are confident that they have the skills set and the ability to help us secure a victory on Friday."

Ludeke on Tuesday included Sadie and former Baby Bok Venter in midfield for their Super Rugby season opener against the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

Sadie is one of nine players in the match 22 who will turn out for the Bulls for the first time in Super Rugby competition.

Sadie ran out for the Stormers in last year's Super Rugby series, while Venter has played only in the Currie Cup at senior level.

The two are likely to square up against the seasoned Sharks combination of Marius Joubert and Meyer Bosman.

Meanwhile, former EP Kings loose forward Jacques Potgieter will also receive his first starting berth for the Bulls in Super Rugby.

Juandre Kruger has been included in the starting team and CJ Stander, Louis Fouche and JJ Engelbrecht are on the bench. All four will make their Bulls debuts.

Sadie and former Lions players Jano Vermaak and Willie Wepener have played in the franchise competition before, but for other teams.

Otherwise, the team has a familiar look to it, with 11 Springboks in the starting line-up.

Apart from the exodus of Bulls stalwarts like Bakkies Botha, Gary Botha, Fourie du Preez, Victor Matfield, Gurthro Steenkamp and Danie Rossouw, Ludeke said little had changed in their setup.

“I must say there are still a lot of the same faces and we didn’t have to start all over," Ludeke said.

"There are some fresh ideas we’ve introduced in the pre-season, but there are still a lot of old things that feel like they are the Bulls way.

“It is an exciting time and all the players are also looking forward to the start of the season.

"It is a new era but we are building on a solid foundation.”

New Bulls skipper Pierre Spies said the players looked forward to the season.

“We are committed to start a new era at the Bulls and I am pleased with the way every player has responded to that vision," Spies said.

"We are a new team, but share the same values and vision and that will be of big value to us."

Spies said he expected many challenges during the season but they would continue to practice their mantra of focussing on one match at a time.

“I thought to myself, taking over from Victor [Matfield] there might be some expectancy and there has been some pressure," he said.

"But I shrugged that off and decided this is something new and I have to make it my own. The season will take care of itself.

"We are starting something new and building our own legacy as a group and it is going to be an exciting season.”

Teams:

Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jaques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 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 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 JJ Engelbrecht

Sharks:

TBA

SAPA

Comments
  • Andre - 2012-02-21 16:12

    Bulle se jonger span sal die game vat. Sharks se "ouer" span is overrated nes hulle in laas jaar se CC final uitgevind het.

      DieKriek - 2012-02-21 16:39

      Die Sharks se "ouer" span het laas jaar julle "veterans" se gatte geskop, en sal dit weer doen met julle jonges! Die Sharks het 'n paar verrassings wat op die Bulle wag

      Jack - 2012-02-21 16:49

      Those Bulls forwards are gonna get eaten alive. Bismarck can push all eight of them back by himself! If the Sharks play Bulls rugby of old, the Bulls will never see the ball. My prediction: 27-9 to Sharks!

      Rene - 2012-02-21 17:17

      Wow, the Bulls lose 5 quality players (Bokke) and still field 11 Springboks - all of a sudden the saying "Maak al die Bulle Bokke" makes so much more sense! Ludeke, good luck for Friday night, we simply cannot wait for the season to start!!! It's like venturing into the unknown with our new team. GO BULLS

  • Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 16:12

    Ludeke knows it's Bulls by 17 and 4th cup coming up. And Stormers in the Vodacom cup next year

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-02-21 16:16

    Ek is netso confident soos Frans. Gaan ook nog sien wat gebeur as daai jong CJ Stander opkom.

  • Andre - 2012-02-21 16:28

    "The two are likely to square up against the seasoned Sharks combination of Marius Joubert and Meyer Bosman"................WHA HAHHAAHAHAHAHA

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-21 16:55

      Unlikely to be Bosman and Joubert. I'm expecting (and hoping!) to see Whitehead and Pietersen at centre.

  • Frans - 2012-02-21 16:36

    Blou Daan bedoel seker pienk Daan?

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-02-21 16:39

    Media really talking up Johan Sadie. Almost like he's the saviour of bulls rugby. My question is: is he that good really? Only time will tell.....

  • Frans - 2012-02-21 16:43

    Blou Daan of dan pienk Daan, jy se dis jou werk om rekenaarskerms dop te hou.Hoekom kry jou baas nie n sekuriteitswag om die job te doen nie?

      Blou-Daan - 2012-02-21 17:00

      Hehehe :-) Wonder of n wag iets van Scada af sal weet :-) Weet jy darm iets van scada en high voltages?

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-21 16:46

    And so it begins.... Hope it's a good game, but the Bulls are serious underdogs for this one... Go Sharks !!!

  • Frans - 2012-02-21 17:06

    Jannie, praat Engels, jou Afrikaans is treurig, niemand kan jou aksent hoor nie.

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-21 17:17

    @Rene dit help nie 7 uit die 11 is hasbeens nie

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 17:25

      @Jannie Vinnig haal jy daai fototjie van jou af ne!! Ek is verskriklik verbaas jy het dit enigsins opgehad. Nou nie exactly Brad Pitt nie is jy. En dankie tog die rocket is al ontwerp, want jy gaan dit verseker nie doen nie. Nou gil vir ons bietjie: Go die Stome (ja sonne tanne, die stome) go boytjies. En dan sing jy vir ons: "ONS IS DOM MAAR ONS WERK HARD!!!

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-21 17:30

    Okey genoeg met julle kindertjies gechat ek gaan nou gym soos n masjien

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 17:37

      @Jannie Jy het dit nodig. En praat met my, een van my kollegas is 'n plastiese chirurg wat gesig oorplantings doen. Ek's die ortopeed, ek kan aan die been tussen jou ore werk

  • Caroline - 2012-02-21 17:30

    Jannie, daai een van jou hare wat so regop staan en waarop jy nie reageer nie, se reguit, kolf jy vir die ander span ja of nee?

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 23:14

      Caroline jy lyk stokoud meisie. Weet jy nog hoe lyk n kolf?

  • Gert - 2012-02-21 17:38

    Hey, I have created an easy to use tool for predicting the outcome of this year’s Super Rugby championship. Just follow the link below to download it. http://www.mediafire.com/?2dwyvd5thrcek2y

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 18:12

      There are other tools on here that can predict the outcome of the Super Rugby Championship. There names are Brannas, Blou Daan, Bulldozer, and Priester.

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 22:23

      @fake Bullsrfairies Sure Zandberg

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-21 19:23

    @billsfairies wa kom j vandaan?laat ons mekaar iewers kry eks lankal lus vir n easy fight..Jys baie lelik jig seke nie eers jou ma het jou lief nie?Jys n hond dude j maak kinder by jou pa jou gemors

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-21 19:26

    @bullsfairies helo nie j insult my looks nie dit pla my nie ek weet eks hot en ek kan enige meisie kry wat ek wil he.So asb hou op jaloers wees gay ass

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 19:59

      HA HA HA HA Jannie Enige meisie?? Blind of gestrem ja.

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 23:10

      Jannie ek wil net om verskoning vra vir my gedrag. Ek is nie so lekker in my kop nie want my ma en pa is boetie en sussie. Party keer doen ek simple goed. Ek speel met my tottie dat sit ek my vingers in my mond. My droom was om n dokter te word maar ek kon net graad 2 haal. Die onderwyser het vir my ouers gese "Die laaitie is plankdom, skool gaan hom nie help nie"

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 00:59

      @Jannie Maar ek wil jou nog steeds bietjie boelie dat jy weer soos 'n meisie huil

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 01:02

      @Jannie En soos jy kan sien is ek regtig plankdom. Ek spel byvoorbeeld omverskoning as om verskoning, simpel as simple, dan as dat so verskoon maar.

  • Timonie - 2012-02-22 09:02

    Good Combination,Venter-Cheetahs and Sadie-Stormers.

  • Ockie - 2012-02-22 13:25

    Ek hou van die Bulls se jong senterpaar ... toekomstige senterpaar vir SA. Bulle het regtig goed agterlangs gekoop en die mengsel van brute krag voorlangs en vaardigehede agterlangs gaan hul weer 'n gevaarlike span maak.

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