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Ludeke not worried about form

2011-04-14 13:48

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has a straightforward message for his team ahead of Saturday’s big match against the in-form Reds in Brisbane.

“We have to back ourselves, it doesn’t help to be negative. We know what we can achieve, we just need to do the small things right and it will come right,” Ludeke told SuperSport.com ahead of the game, and it will be a mantra that will be repeated before the game this weekend.

The fact that the Bulls have never won at Suncorp stadium means little to Ludeke and co, and even less the fact his side couldn’t score a point against the Crusaders in what has to be their worst performance this millennium.

Some may say he is in denial, but Ludeke says quite candidly he isn’t concerned about the form of his senior players eight weeks into the competition, where their hopes of defending their title seem to be floundering.

“I’m not worried,” Ludeke answers plainly, “I know what we are capable of and we just need to go out there and correct things this weekend.”

It is a defiant tone out of the Bulls camp, especially in a week where the debate has centred very much about how outdated their game plan is, how certain players are “over the hill” and how everyone is writing them off at the moment.

“We have never singled individuals out, and we won’t do it now,” Ludeke continues, “Against the Crusaders we didn’t play well as a team, we made bad mistakes that put us under pressure. But we need to stand up as a team and we need to correct small things, do things in the right manner and attack the right channels.”

Ludeke says it has never been necessary to sit down players who are out of form, neither has it been necessary to fire up the troops if they are playing badly.

“As a team we continually talk about belief, we talk about winning. We know that where correction is necessary it will happen. In the video sessions the players put their hands up and accept responsibility for what they did wrong. It has never been necessary to single out individuals.”

“Against the Crusaders we didn’t play well. There are no excuses for the loss but we still have the whole tournament ahead of us. Last year at the same stage, we lost badly against the Blues in Auckland and we were criticised. We know we can only back ourselves and we need to go and make it right this weekend.”

So how do the Bulls beat the Reds at a venue they’ve never won at, against opposition that have momentum after five straight wins, and suddenly right their own wrongs of the past week.

“We have to play good rugby,” Ludeke counters, “and we have to play it for 80 minutes. The momentum we lost after the previous two weeks we need to get back. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Fighting talk indeed. The Bulls know there is only one way to silence their critics – and that is on the playing field.

SuperSport

Comments
  • blakea.andrew - 2011-04-14 13:52

    And neither are the rest of the super rugby teams!!!!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 14:13

      ....maybe its time for Frans Ludeke to wake up... .....and Victor Matfield, ....and Pierre Spies ....and Wynand Oliveir...

      mummford - 2011-04-14 15:19

      Yes Marx...nobody really takes anything you say seriously.Its like when a monkey tries to talk to you!

      Marx - 2011-04-14 16:40

      Yes mummford, and when the fat lady has done her singing and it's all over and the Stormers still has NO Cups, you're the one with the red face, like so many years before....BMT.....lacking down South.

      Hein - 2011-04-14 19:51

      JohnnyBB - Do yourself a favor and go to Rugby Heaven, the Aus rugby website, look around and find the statistics section and please go thru that and your eyes will pop out of your head. The 3 Bulls players you single out fared a lot better than what you belief. Oh and while you are on this site - please check and see if your Duanne Vermeulen is mentioned anywere at all.

      Hein - 2011-04-14 19:51

      JohnnyBB - Do yourself a favor and go to Rugby Heaven, the Aus rugby website, look around and find the statistics section and please go thru that and your eyes will pop out of your head. The 3 Bulls players you single out fared a lot better than what you belief. Oh and while you are on this site - please check and see if your Duanne Vermeulen is mentioned anywere at all.

      Hein - 2011-04-14 19:51

      JohnnyBB - Do yourself a favor and go to Rugby Heaven, the Aus rugby website, look around and find the statistics section and please go thru that and your eyes will pop out of your head. The 3 Bulls players you single out fared a lot better than what you belief. Oh and while you are on this site - please check and see if your Duanne Vermeulen is mentioned anywhere at all.

      Whatever - 2011-04-15 02:06

      Ons wil huistoe gaan na Moftus toe,na ons vrouens toe ons sakke is vol.n Floubul kan nou nie meer opstaan nie n Floubul weet nie van wen af nie! REDS BY 20

  • blakea.andrew - 2011-04-14 13:52

    And neither are the rest of the super rugby teams!!!!!!

  • YB Normal - 2011-04-14 13:57

    Stem saam die Nulle moet hulle self back, want niemand anders gaan dit doen nie.

  • Rob - 2011-04-14 13:57

    Ludeke, when your Bulls get hammered this weekend, you going to look like a fool. Stubborness will get you nowhere. I will be the first to eat my words should the Bulls win, as it'll be a big win against a red hot Reds side. But i doubt it'll happen. You need to learn that the game has changed.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 14:15

      ......still better than the pink poofters way of playing..... ...Stormers that is....

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-14 17:19

      Red Hot Redds Side? The Lions almost klapped them. This is what gets to me - Stormers, you played poorly, but cant admit it - no, it must have been a Red Hot Redds Side. Ludeke, I can see that the Bulls, with their game plan and all can win this game. The thing that bothers me is when you say you arent worried - you bloody well should be. And when you keep on speaking about negativity, I know that it is a problem, that has not been sorted.

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-14 17:24

      Sorry Mikea - did you not notice how the Saders whiped us with a good kicking game? Have you not seen the Redds use the kicking game to great effect. I believe there is a place for the kicking game, and there is time to run. Bulls have not executed correctly, and have not taken the right options.

  • Kaapie - 2011-04-14 13:58

    Wasnt panicking either and form doesnt matter, no wonder they playing so shyte

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 14:21

      ...the Bulls are playing bad for 2 months.... .....the Stormertjies are playing bad for 11 years....

      milswanka - 2011-04-14 14:27

      Ek dink die stormers het net te veel mojo!

      Kaapie - 2011-04-14 15:54

      Johnnie B not so long ago the bulls were the whipping boys of the S14, couldnt win a game in Australasia. Like a real volstruis you are unable to see trouble coming. Stromers may not be playing well but Spies will always be kak

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-14 17:26

      Kaapie - I am glad you have admitted that the Stormers arent playing well.

      Kaapie - 2011-04-14 19:39

      Graem at least they're playing a whole lot better than the old bulls

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-14 21:32

      @Kaapie - that is not what I said. And if they dont win the S15, that will not be relevent. What I am saying is that they are not playing great rugby - and I think you will agree that they could play better. I may be a bull, but that doesnt make me blind. You may be a Stormer, but you can see that the Bulls are playing very poorly. I said that atleast you can admit it, without excusses.

  • Mojojo - 2011-04-14 13:58

    And last week Ludeke was shooting his mouth off about not being worried about Sonny Bill Williams. Yeah... Good plan!

  • Mojojo - 2011-04-14 14:00

    And last week Ludeke was shooting his mouth off about not being worried about Sonny Bill Williams. Yeah... Good plan!

      MrMojoRising - 2011-04-14 15:27

      Hulle is te windgat.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-14 14:02

    Ludeke really is sounding more and more like P Divvy did in JULY last year....

      Rob - 2011-04-14 14:26

      I couldn't agree more!

      Gertjie_Mac - 2011-04-14 14:27

      SNAP!!!

      Shistirrer - 2011-04-14 14:41

      I'm getting more and more convinced Frans Ludicrous is seriously delusional, which might be an attribute that can clinch him the Boks coach job after the RWC. I mean, is the guy blind, dof, in denial, on recreational substances, or all of the above? Even JohnnyBB has started questioning his coaching abilities, and that REALLY says a LOT!

      Shistirrer - 2011-04-14 14:51

      I have it from trustworthy sources that Ludeke will host a rugby talk show on KykNet during the second half of the SuperXV - the show is called "Talking Bull".

      Cappi - 2011-04-14 14:54

      That is so true. He didnt have success with the Lions or the Cats, took over a team that had everything thanks to Heyneke Meyer and now his (Ludeke) true colours is starting to show.

      mummford - 2011-04-14 15:22

      How can you as a coach say you are not worried based on your current performance and your current position on the log...and remember you were also last year's champs.Does not make sense.Rather come out and say things are not looking to good but we going to do our utmost to fix it!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-14 17:29

      Simple explanation: Are you going to tell the media that you dont think you can win the game because you have lost your edge, and your game plan is not working, your players are unhappy, etc? Are you going to tell the media that you are unable to manage your team? That is why we are reading this crap.

  • unbeatabulls - 2011-04-14 14:09

    Are you worried about anything Frans Ludeke? nO!!!! cause you still get paid egg head!!!!!!

  • milswanka - 2011-04-14 14:09

    To be honest the Bulls need to make drastic changes, otherwise they are going to be the laughing stock of Superugby two weeks running. The Reds are looking on form though.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 14:19

      ....start Danie Rossouw on no 8, ......and play Pierre Spies from the bench... ....same with Hougaard and Du Preez...

      Kaapie - 2011-04-14 15:56

      A few years ago Ludeke was so kak as a coach the Lions sent him to NZ to hone his coaching skills and then he ducked to the Bulls. Now his lack of ability is catching up with him

  • Vegas - 2011-04-14 14:12

    What's new?? This is the same speech we've heard since the first match against the Lions. Nothing has changed and they don't believe it's necessary to change anything. When are they going to wake up? This is 2008 all over again.

  • mike - 2011-04-14 14:15

    Glad to hear it Ludeke, agree it came down to basics specially when you look at the stats. Add to that the week 2 bogey of the Bulls and it was hardly unexpected. Will be backing you guys till the end, we still have a great chance to reach the playoffs even if we do lose this weekend but we need to start improving and continue from were we left off after the canes game. Go for it guys!

  • Jerry - 2011-04-14 14:24

    Go Bulls. The Reds had to travel...klap them! From a StormerSupporter

      Carl Muller - 2011-04-16 13:10

      By tonight at least we can say one SA team has won a game. Two hour only Stormers supporter Club. Bulls forever.

  • Lloyd - 2011-04-14 14:25

    He knows class is permanent.

      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-14 14:29

      except for Ludeke that is Lloyd. hehe

      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-14 14:29

      except for Ludeke that is Lloyd. hehe

      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-14 14:30

      except for Ludeke that is Lloyd. hehe

      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-14 14:31

      except for Ludeke that is Lloyd. hehe

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 14:43

      ..Go Bulls..!! ......Go Lions..!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 14:43

      ..Go Bulls..!! ......Go Lions..!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 14:43

      ..Go Bulls..!! ......Go Lions..!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 14:43

      ..Go Bulls..!! ......Go Lions..!!!

      YB Normal - 2011-04-14 15:06

      Lloyd yes the class of 2002, is showing again, (the first team to not won a single game). he knows they have no hope in winning this weekend, so why should he worry about it. What a clever man he is

      mummford - 2011-04-14 15:24

      Lloyd(Yoda) it looks like you are even starting to embarrass your fellow Bulls supporters with your comments.But keep them coming, we enjoy them.

      sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 17:12

      @Lloyd. If class is permanent ie kick & chase, then why are the Bulls at No#8 on the log.... Just asking, Is that permanent? Oh that's right, zero is permanent,

      sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 17:12

      @Lloyd. If class is permanent ie kick & chase, then why are the Bulls at No#8 on the log.... Just asking, Is that permanent? Oh that's right, zero is permanent,

      Bootman - 2011-04-14 17:15

      Yes Lloyd. Class is permanent, and unfortunately for you, so is herpes.

  • Raka13 - 2011-04-14 14:30

    Ludeke is not a real coach and definitely not a coach that can save a drowning team. The Lions are still recovering since he left them in the dark many years ago. Poor Bulls will follow the same route if Ludeke remains the coach.

      call a spade - 2011-04-14 14:41

      come on. crawl where you came from.

      Carl Muller - 2011-04-16 13:11

      And he brought Pretorius with him because he is friends with his father.

  • Beefcake - 2011-04-14 14:30

    Bulls will do it.

  • Jack Turner - 2011-04-14 14:35

    Great side when they are firing.......Sad to say, they aint firing no more,simply becuse they dont have the players. It's not so much as their game plan, their core players have simply not what it takes anymore. Matfield should realise that this is a young mans game. Bakkies is the most overated lock in the country.No one knows where Spies has gone to....We dont talk about the centres... Frans Ludeke cant see wood for tree's,when he talks about "Not been worried about his team's form". What absolute "Bull Shit"..

  • Cappi - 2011-04-14 14:45

    No offence, and im a huge Bull supporter and had to swallow alot of pride this season, but Ludeke is a clown similar to PdV... He took over a team with structures etc in place, now he is just like PdV sitting with no new ideas, no new structures no new nothing...its one thing building from scratch and be a dominant team and another taking the reigns while dominant and let them slump down the log... Credit where its due, there is (were) fantastic players in the Bull's camp, but cut the losses please...there is a bunch of show pony's and old men that just doesnt have the oomph and flair anymore to compete with most younger players...

      Kaapie - 2011-04-14 16:02

      Cappi.. words of insight. You are right about show ponies but I think there seems to be a brotherhood that influences the selections.

      Carl Muller - 2011-04-16 13:13

      No game plan. No strategy. Little defence. No heart to keep on attacking. Eish! At least one South African team will win today. Two hour only Stormers Supporters Club. Bulls forever.

  • YB Normal - 2011-04-14 14:46

    Bulls is the leading team in SA to have a first 1. First team to not won a single game in a season 2. First SA team to won Super Serious 3. Now heading to be first team to get Zero two weeks in a row

  • JR - 2011-04-14 15:26

    En hier kots die platkoppe alweer.

  • Jacques Claasens - 2011-04-14 15:28

    I'm a huge Bulls supporter and I am worried about form, how can Frans not be! I agree drop Olivier, Spies, Victor, Bakkies, Pretorius and Stegman! Potgieter your next!

  • Coenza - 2011-04-14 15:34

    Reds by 20!!

      Effel - 2011-04-14 16:37

      @ Outpost Dankie Shakespeare

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-14 23:58

      @Coenza - Redds has two d's. Two words, one mistake. Two digits, and you guessed it, another mistake. Put in your falssies, it may help with that spelling - but dont hold your breath.

  • sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 16:20

    SA must have an impact player........SBW is the start for US, your Severn's look good but FDP, Matfield, Cheese Burger, Smit are either a ploy by Snor or incredibly lacking in depth. I'd bet my house that Fruen, Donnely, Donald wont play. No'Nou for wing, SBW for centre wing, Carter for directional kicks and McCaw/MeaLamu/Woodcock are the cavalry charge. NZ teams are showing SA real, I repeat, REAL, forward impact We're stronger, fitter, faster and damn right intelligent. All ways waiting, All Backs were the original name/game. NEVER CHANGE YOUR NAME FROM SPRINGBOK TO proteas because if anyone hates/respects/loathes is a kiwi and saffa The most respected sides for rugby as far as I'm concerned is the Springboks. Forget the crap about this and that............... Go the Kiwis

      Carl Muller - 2011-04-16 13:16

      Your guys are better this year. Game plan, strategy and keep on attacking. And very good defence of top of that. How can you lose. Bulls forever.

  • sam kaitawa - 2011-04-14 16:20

    SA must have an impact player........SBW is the start for US, your Severn's look good but FDP, Matfield, Cheese Burger, Smit are either a ploy by Snor or incredibly lacking in depth. I'd bet my house that Fruen, Donnely, Donald wont play. No'Nou for wing, SBW for centre wing, Carter for directional kicks and McCaw/MeaLamu/Woodcock are the cavalry charge. NZ teams are showing SA real, I repeat, REAL, forward impact We're stronger, fitter, faster and damn right intelligent. All ways waiting, All Backs were the original name/game. NEVER CHANGE YOUR NAME FROM SPRINGBOK TO proteas because if anyone hates/respects/loathes is a kiwi and saffa The most respected sides for rugby as far as I'm concerned is the Springboks. Forget the crap about this and that............... Go the Kiwis

  • Niekie - 2011-04-14 17:06

    Mummford, this is the 3rd or 4th time on this site, and I notice that you are ALWAYS commenting your rubbish! Get a life bru! Get of your chair and go outside and get some sunshine! Get a girlfriend (or I suspect a boyfriend) and get out there a bit! Seriously you're a bit pathetic!

  • Eugene Mansvelt - 2011-04-14 17:09

    Bulls must look at their 2 games against the Crusaders last Year; now THAT was RUGBY ! Change the current boring aimless game plan ! Play some creative backline rugby ! We have some of the best wings in SA, but they get NO ball or K@K ball ! Yes, keep believing in yourselves, but last week was DISGUSTING !!!

  • Effel - 2011-04-14 20:53

    Ou Mike en sy hondjie stap die bar binne, Mike koop 'n piering brandewyn vir die hondjie en die hy drink hom binne in sy m@er. Barman vra, wat vang jy aan met die hondjie. Mike, ek bring hom maar in elke Saterdag as die Stormers verloor, koop vir hom 'n piering vol brandewyn tot hy uitpass. Barman, nou wat maak jy met die hondjie as die Stormers wen? Mike, ek weet nie, die hondjie is nou eers 11jr oud.

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