Opportunity knocks for Chiliboy

2011-02-22 22:32

JJ Harmse

Pretoria – Chiliboy Ralepelle will on Friday once again get the opportunity to serve South Africans a reminder of his rugby talent.

The Bulls hooker will then only make his 21st appearance for them in a Super Rugby match – six years after making his debut in the competition.

It will only be the fifth time that the 25-year-old hooker is in the starting team and the first time since 11 April 2009 when he was in the run-on side against the Waratahs.

There won’t be many arguments against the statement that Ralepelle has never let his team-mates down in a blue or even a Green and Gold jersey.

However, he has not been able to establish himself as the first-choice at the Bulls or Boks.

Ralepelle’s never ending battle with injuries (he only completed the 2009 Super Rugby without problems) has meant that he has not had sufficient opportunities to silence the critics. The flames have only been fanned by national coaches wanting the player in their squads.

There were inevitable questions about the reason for his inclusion – and unfortunately for the hardworking hooker he is viewed as a political inclusion by many supporters.

If that was not enough to break his spirit, he was provisionally suspended last year for the use of a banned stimulant. While his innocence was proved at a hearing, there can be no doubt that his reputation took a further knock.

But all that can move to the background this year if Ralepelle grabs his opportunities – like the one in Bloemfontein on Friday.

His inclusion may be because of a shoulder injury to Gary Botha, but Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said that all Ralepelle’s team-mates respect his ability as a player.

“Chili has been part of our squad for a long time and is highly rated. It’s a pity that the rest of the country could not see the best of him because of all his injuries, but we know what we have in him. He is good enough to start games for the Bulls.”

Apart from the forced change at hooker, Ludeke has picked a fit Jaco Pretorius at outside centre.

Stephan Dippenaar therefore moves to the bench in place of Jaco van der Westhuyzen, while flank Derick Kuün will be the back-up hooker, a position he played in 2007, 2008 and 2009.


  • gawievn - 2011-02-22 22:58

    WTF??? 21 games in 6 years? rugby talent?? JJ get a freaking life. Chili is just another quota player. Finish and klaar. How about writing some articles without your blue tinted glasses.

      Hein - 2011-02-23 07:27

      You are a brain dead racist - get a life or get lost. What do you know about rugby in any case. Just take of your racist glasses and you might be able to see a very good player that deserve to be in the team.

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 07:37

      Gabriel,word wakker,hy het Die BULLS nog altyd lojaal behandel,en hy verdien die kans wat na hom toe kom

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-23 07:51

      You are clearly an idiot my friend..... can you read English? Go reread this article until you totally comprehend it..... He has unfortunately been sidelined for most campaigns due to injury poephole

      Demented6 - 2011-02-23 08:21

      @ gawievn: Are you retarded? Chiliboy is a great player. I suppose YOU are here to fill the quota for idiots on this forum

      Johnny - 2011-02-23 08:31

      @gawievn, .....agree, ..........Always Injured Boy Ralepelle = quota player....

      wesleywt - 2011-02-23 08:46

      Hate to admit it. But he is a quota player. Worst than splinters Shimange. I hope he goes and find a province where he will get regular game time to prove himself.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-02-22 23:52

    "Chili has been part of our squad for a long time and is highly rated. It’s a pity that the rest of the country could not see the best of him because of all his injuries". This statement may be closer to the truth than many realize... I had a long conversation with a previous Blue Bull teammate of Mr. Ralepelle. To describe him as a quota player at provincial level reflects ignorant bias. He is probably better than the John Smit at this point, and would have surprised many if he he had not been hobbled by injury and underselection at provincial level. Go Chili!!!

      Oukoos - 2011-02-23 07:46

      Karoobloed, although I am a Stormer supporter, you are a man after my heart. Hopefully the &%$^ stupid Bulls selectors read your comments and select him in future above Gary. And why not make him captain as well? After all, he is earmarked as the next Boks captain. Just think what great honour it will be for the Bulls to have the next Boks captain already this year as the Bulls leader. I am sure Victor will step aside if asked.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-23 07:56

      Karoobloed what a guy!!!!! The boy works damn hard and has been a tad unfortunate, he kinda reminds me as the Brett Shultz of rugby whenever it just starts looking good something goes wrong...

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-02-23 00:00

    This guy is talented but has been pushed in to the hooker position a little too early. Most hookers really start to perform later in life, usaully after 25, as the mans peak brute strenght is usually at this age. I just hope we dont destroy his career by trying to fast track him to be the first black bok captain. Some of his ex-school teamates claim he is talented enough to be a BOK and works a lot harder than most. Quota, not quite but sort of !

  • vmeiring - 2011-02-23 06:03

    What rugby talent are being referred to. Definately he's not playing on merits.

      Hein - 2011-02-23 07:28

      You are a brain dead racist - get a life or get lost. What do you know about rugby in any case. Just take of your racist glasses and you might be able to see a very good player that deserve to be in the team.

      Kaapie - 2011-02-23 11:17

      Great to see that they retreading Kuun at hooker I suppose he is more talented thanChilli. He was and f-up at flank and the only hooking he should do in in the streets. Chilli far better than Kuun

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-24 16:28

      KAAPIE: Jy read my thoughts - KUUN is an A-Hole !!!!

  • Preshan - 2011-02-23 07:04

    his usless, craig burden is way better then him. AND BIsmack will eat him alive.

      Hein - 2011-02-23 07:28

      You are a brain dead racist - get a life or get lost. What do you know about rugby in any case. Just take of your racist glasses and you might be able to see a very good player that deserve to be in the team.

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 07:40

      @preshan,what would a charr o know about rugby,i thought you liked fast cars,mags and sound?,They might be better players but the Bulls cant pick them,can they?,He has always been loyal to the Bulls and he desreves game time,o and did i mention he is part of a winning Super 14 Squad?

      Rijger - 2011-02-23 07:52

      @ Hein. It always amazes me that guys like you do not attempt to debate about the issue, but rather fall back to personal attacks to try and strengthen your viewpoint. Fact remains, give him credit, he is good. Is he the best? Not by a long shot. To try and fasttrack him into the Bokke, not just as player, but also as future captain of the side is preposterous and will invariably relegate him to be nothing more than a quota plaer.

      Preshan - 2011-02-23 08:06

      ALwyn, im one Charro who loves my rugby, now take your racit comment and shove it.

      myjdjames - 2011-02-23 08:09

      @Alwyn charro's arent as clueless as u make them. Done be so primitive in your thinking. The Sharks have a huge Indian supporter base in Durban. IF you take offense to Preshan statement, dont take it on the entire indian population...and people stil wonder why indians support INDIA in cricket...

      MrMojoRising - 2011-02-23 09:01

      @Hein, I see you made the exact same reply on a couple of comments here. Like Rijger said, he is good, but not the best. Bismarck is way better!

      Andrew - 2011-02-24 05:49

      Chilli found his jumpers in every lineout over the weekedn, while the Cheetahs stole 5 from the Sharks, makes you wonder doesn't it?

  • Wagga - 2011-02-23 07:26

    Chili is good, but only as a ballet dancer, all he needs is a blue TUTU,

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 07:41

      And you will fare better?,at least he knows what it feels like to put a Champions jersey on,can you say the same? or do you pefer Swann lake?

      Theuns - 2011-02-23 12:51

      @Wagga that joke are old, but I gues yo are caught in a time warp...let that joke go on pension man!

  • carlokie - 2011-02-23 07:36

    What utter nonsense. He is second choice for the Bulls - but gets Springbok caps before G.Botha Have you seen him play in the green and gold? I swear every single time he botches a line out - not just by throwing in not straight - but throwing in for the other team. This player is a GRIMM reminder that the quota system is alive and well. I am not impressed

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 08:03

      And FAT BOY Smit?, Bismarck?,Have you seen them both up line out throws?,,,,,,,Every game they throw a few away,,,,Gary is a good player ,i agree he should be a choice before Chilliboy,but Chilliboy has done nothing wrong to justify not playing,unlike Fat boy that is in the team purely because he is a good Captain

      Johnny - 2011-02-23 08:38

      Agree carlokie, ........Gary Botha way better than quota Chilli Ralepelle .....and quota Fattie Smit....

      carlokie - 2011-02-23 08:45

      I don't rate John Smit either - Horrible. Adriaan Strauss - Brilliant ! Bismark - Good strong player - but questions line out time (Agree there) Gary - Better then most any day When Maku was still part of the Bulls squad even he was picked ahead of Chilliboy - And he is a black player too so no funny excuses there. Face it my friend - he is just not that good.

      Le Majeur - 2011-02-23 10:08

      I disagree! He made a few sub appearences last season for the Boks and many wondered why he wasn't starting. I remeber him coming on 70th minute and making 3 turnover steals, can't remeber exactly which game. You clearly do not watch Rugby but feel you have a birth right to comment on it since you're white.

      carlokie - 2011-02-23 10:57

      @Le Majeur So you recall one game - with 10 min of playtime where he did good and now he is the best Hooker? Maybe you should go get MNET and a bigger TV then you can watch the rest of the games as well - cause I think the black and white TV's are out of date. Also - don't be a D00S and come with this "you're white" nonsense - I am an AVID Bulls and Bokke supporter and fan - and thus I am entitled to an opinion Champion Rugby is about consistency - I don't think C.B is consistently good enough - and there are far better players then him. Just look at the facts - Garry Botha is first choice - then Before Maku went to the Lions he was second choice (Also a black players so don't come with the racist sh1t) - but then - if you watched more then 10min of Rugby every now and then you would know that

      KN - 2011-02-23 12:00

      Asshole...your long posts which makes no F'en sense at all is starting to bore the rest of us. If you would pick Strauss and Botha ahead of Bismark, as you suggested, then you really need your head checked, actually you need to be shot in spine.... SO PLEASE DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND SHUT THE F UP....U BIAS WANKER

      carlokie - 2011-02-23 12:57

      What does not make sense? Point I am making is that C.B is as good as the article suggests. BTW: I happen to love what Bismark does on the Rugby field

  • jeanmariedutoit - 2011-02-23 07:44

    Well compared to Bismark ,Adriaan Strauss, Derrick Kuun and Tiaan Liebenberg Chili is a Quota Player im sorry to say They are all better than him by miles

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 08:05

      And the first choice Bok player? Fat Boy?,,,,,In your own naming of you top hookers i dont see his name,,,,Then it must be true ,The first choice SA hooker is also not supose to be in the SA or KZN teams if i understand you correctly

      Preshan - 2011-02-23 08:12

      add craig burden to the list, his better then chilli

      Johnny - 2011-02-23 08:40

      Agree..!! ....Fact: ...Ralepelle = Quota...!!!

      Le Majeur - 2011-02-23 10:39

      Johnny does not know what a fact is clearly... That is just your opinion.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-23 10:52

      jeanmarie - are the clouds pretty up there where you are? Kuun a better hooker than Chilli? Eish, you people are a touch unfair. I am NO Bulls fan (vomit/sies/yugh) - BUT: I have the greatest respect for MOST of their players, Chilliboy included. He has no FATAL flaws to his game, he works damn hard, and has been loyal to his union. The only quotas the Bulls are carrying are Kuun, Jaco & Spies.......

  • Zip23 - 2011-02-23 07:47

    You all remember when Chili first got selected to the bok squad, Heynecke Meyer said its too early, and they should give him time to develop? They put a kid into the bok front row. The man is still paying the price. But with all of this said, I beleive he is a great talent, wonderful ambassador for the game, and a real gentleman. All the best to you my brother, you show these naysayers with their racial agenda a thing or two.

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 08:07

      Somebody at last that can talk sense,well said,apart from the racial comment that sucks

      Zip23 - 2011-02-23 09:55

      @ Alwyn, I dont like bringing race into it, but when faced with uninformed racial slurs- refer to Johnny above- I beleive it needs to be said.

  • Hanjo - 2011-02-23 07:58

    great player, has potential to really impress, hopefully now that he is second choice at tthe bulls and first this week, he'll take his chances, he was brilliant against France last year.

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 08:07


  • Theuns - 2011-02-23 08:00

    Chilli - is a quota player......he brings his quota of hard work, good talent and determination to any game.....! Go Chilli.!

      Johnny - 2011-02-23 08:32

      ....and his quota of injuries.....

  • Agent - 2011-02-23 08:13

    Oh pleas,e he is only there for one rerason, there is very little talent. I believe he still has to prove himself, so now is his chance. Time will tell.

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-02-23 08:14

    Chiliboy you have got what it takes - another is you went to the same school as I did, AND John Smit, so that is a MAJOR plus :-) - now go and make us all proud of your pedigree. You are NOT a quota player for the people who know even a little about you!

  • Sofa King. - 2011-02-23 08:22

    Chili is a Vodacom Cup specialist. He disappears like a ninja in bigger games. His defense is good. He tends to get over the advantage line when its a one on one situation. No impact however against international opposition. (Now I'm waiting for all the retards who's going to call me a racist, di%kheads!!!!!!)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-23 10:54

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPS - you could be talking about SPIES AND STEGMANN...."Vodacom cup specialist, disappears like a NINJA in big games..."

  • zooma.lema - 2011-02-23 08:48

    Talented??? Hanging at the fringes of the action and then knocking-on the ball when he gets it. My doubts. Sasol is the main sponsor of the S/boks. And Mr Ramapele will make sure his son is playing, even captain the side on his first encounder. If this is not BEE, AA,PDI, call it waht you want quote material. Make them pay Mr Ramapele, your son has a bright future, white the cream of SA hookers sit on the bench.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-23 11:04

      Go back to sleep you rabid mullet rat. The drool on your pillow is missing you!!!!! Sasol are NOT the Bok sponsors.....ABSA are. Sweet dreams you bushpig. F@rk me the intelligence of some white supremacists is truly astounding. Give the frikkin tonsil a 'Bells' - no wait, 'Give the man a brannas". Twat.

      Le Majeur - 2011-02-23 11:33

      It always helps to have at the very least, a slight idea about something before commenting on it. I don't think you are racist, I just think you're an idiot who jumps on bandwagons just to be a part of something.

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-23 09:06

    The best hooker ,Schalk Brits is collecting money in the UK

      Phakamani - 2011-02-23 22:12

      True. Bok hookers should be Bismark and Schalk Brits. On merit anyway

  • swimfan - 2011-02-23 09:44

    Think they should test him and Basson again for banned substances in Bloem!!! Blue Bull cheaters!!!!

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 09:51

      Klink my jy het die hele nag wim gesnuif ,enigste rede hoekom jy sulke k@k kan kwytraak

      carlokie - 2011-02-23 10:04

      I'm sorry what? You think he is playing so well that there is a need for performance enhancer testing..... And Basson just eats ProNutro :D

  • Balsakhater - 2011-02-23 11:04

    He has come through the ranks - under 21 Sprinbok captain as well. But like any other player 'just go ask Mr puke Watson' you have to prove you are the best and not just one season. Chilli boy has played some create games but need to do it constantly. My personal view is that they tried to quickly to fast track him into the Sprinbok Team and he got hurt. Just look wat happend in Englend. One scrum and he was hurt. Obviously the management considers his injuries and are slowly getting him into full strength and he will be taking over from Gary and will one of the next Sprinbok Captians if he does not get a major injury.

      Theuns - 2011-02-23 12:46

      What you say makes a lot of sense....agree with you, give this man enough time though and we will talk again.

  • Oukoos - 2011-02-23 11:52

    Chiliboy for Bulls captain

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-23 12:11

      Not quite yet but it is a distinct future possibility

      Johnny - 2011-02-23 13:57

      Oukoos, must be joking...!! .......Ha ha ha ha ha ha ..!!!

      Oukoos - 2011-02-23 15:54

      @Johnny, why not? Everything to keep him out of the WP

      Phakamani - 2011-02-23 22:07

      Might as well rename Loftus to Steve Biko Park. Never

  • Raymond - 2011-02-23 19:52

    What talent? He is the 5th rated hooker in the country from what we've seen.What an over rated player.Take note of Deon Fourie and Craig Burden,both second choice hookers but,miles ahead of Chili Boy.Harmse,I don't think you know much rugby.If you think that Chiliboy has talent,then you must have lost the sight of one eye.

  • Phakamani - 2011-02-23 22:04

    Chili's lineout throwing is very poor. Teams will always compete when he throws in because they know that he has a confidence issue about that aspect of his game. He generally plays tight and is seldom seen running will the ball and his hands are suspect. On merit, Im sure there people in club rubgy in Pretoria who can do a better job for the Bulls. But we in South Africa, stating hard facts can label you a hater or racist.

      Oukoos - 2011-02-24 13:12

      Chiliboy for Bulls captain

  • Midnic - 2011-03-02 09:39

    Chilliboy can tackle, that's it... Nothing special about him

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