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Ralepelle easy choice - Ludeke

2012-02-09 20:10

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Pretoria - The Bulls may only be playing a pre-season friendly against the Cheetahs in Polokwane this weekend, but in many aspects of the game, it is much more important than that.

The Bulls will have their first full outing for their first choice players against a battle-hardened Cheetahs side that has already downed the Stormers and Kings in their more extensive pre-season campaign, and with it will want another scalp as Naka Drotské's team continues to build towards the season.

But for the Bulls there is more than just a result to play for. Having signed a three year deal to play a game in Polokwane before the Super Rugby season begins, they are also very much on a mission to please their fans.

Their captain is Chiliboy Ralepelle, who in Pierre Spies’s absence will get the opportunity to lead the team in his own hometown and also get the opportunity to establish himself as the incumbent hooker and possible future leader of the team.

According to coach Frans Ludeke it was an easy decision to appoint Ralepelle as captain after injuries to Spies and vice-captain Wynand Olivier.

“Pierre’s injury isn’t major, he was taken out as a precaution and should be on the sidelines for between 5-8 days. We’re not really worried about it,” Ludeke said.

“We have a good group of leaders that are there to help Chili. We have confidence in Chili and he comes from Polokwane and we want to give him that confidence to lead the team. He certainly has the ability. It was an easy decision to make for us.”

And while it is still a clash of old rivals, the Bulls coach was not giving anything away, saying this game was more about getting the intensity of a live match going than of being surprised by the opposition.

“At this stage of the season it isn’t about the tactical aspects of the game so much. Both teams need the contact of 80 minutes of rugby,” Ludeke explained.

“Both teams need to be between those four lines. They are a great team and their win over the Stormers showed how good they can be. They’re a Super Rugby team and we need that intensity of play. It is all about all those battles, both teams know each other and nobody will do anything new. There won’t be surprises.”

Preceding the big clash on Saturday, the Bulls and Cheetahs "B" sides will clash at Loftus Versfeld on Friday afternoon, where some great up and coming talent will be on display.

Teams:

Bulls:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (captain), 1 Dean Greyling.

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.

Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Substitutes: TBA

SuperSport

Comments
  • Dawie - 2012-02-09 20:14

    Well done Chilli for captaining the leading team in world rugby. 4th cup coming up

      Rene - 2012-02-09 20:55

      Amen to that @Dawie. Chili had a great 2011 season - Injury free!! He surprised a lot of people!! Good luck Bulls!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 22:09

      Leading team in the Milky Way, no, universe.

      J.D. - 2012-02-09 22:37

      Leading team in the universe did not even play in the Super rugby final!!! More logic between your legs than between your ears for sure, but then that is the case with all bull supporters.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 22:38

      JD, dink jy nie dis n bietjie laat vir n kind van jou ouderdom om nog op te wees nie?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 23:05

      Waar is ek op my plek gesit, plank? Gaan vreet nog n paar pies.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 23:21

      Ek moet bieg, jy het my gevang die ander dag. Selfs my vrou het my gekoggel daaroor.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 23:28

      Reg Jan. As jy so sê.

      Dawie - 2012-02-10 01:08

      @Jan Moet asb net nie ophou "post" vir die hele seisoen nie, ek rol op die mat rond soos ek vir jou lag. Kyk jy's nou nie die skerpste potlood op die blog nie. En dan die fototjie met die geweer, is jy simpel man, jou pyl!! En ek wet jou nou R500 se nat beesbiltong die Stormers gaan NIE die kompetisie wen nie, hulle gaan ook nie die semis maak nie!

      Bambie - 2012-02-10 02:52

      is daar n daspoort in die staat? ek dog daspoort is in Pretoria..net duskant Danville??

      Peter - 2012-02-10 09:10

      Bull, why don't you and Jan get together on a "date" so the rest of us don't have to read your bullsh*t. This is not a chatroom.

      Jason - 2012-02-10 09:31

      Bulldozer! do you ever comment on rugby????

      Danie - 2012-02-10 09:42

      Dawie,ek jy dink die trille gan dit maak tot in die semi's???? kom by man

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-10 11:12

      Peter, next time you see my avatar, just scroll past it, numnut.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-10 13:05

      Mooi Jan. Dis wat ek wil sien.

      Dawie - 2012-02-10 15:55

      @Danie Fick Jy het duidelik 'n voorkeur vir mans, loop speel op 'n ander plek

  • Bootman - 2012-02-09 21:51

    I heard that Pierre got injured while attending a pyjama party at Wynands house. Apparently they were having a pillow fight and the contact got a bit too much for Pierre........................at least now they've got a rugby player as a captain.

      Dawie - 2012-02-09 22:03

      @Bootman Hilarious! You should charge cover

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 22:11

      Daai tweetjies het meer cups as jou julle spannetjie saam. Dit include die 3 ex-Bulle.

      Bootman - 2012-02-09 22:25

      dis reg Bulldozer. Wynand het n C-cup end Pierre n D-cup.

      Bootman - 2012-02-09 22:29

      A few more steroid injections for Pierre and he could be the next Wonder Bra girl.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 22:31

      Jou comeback is teleurstellend.

      Dawie - 2012-02-09 22:38

      @Bull Los maar vir ou Bootman, die fetale alkohol sindroom maak hom klaar. PLANKDOM

      Bootman - 2012-02-09 22:40

      Im sure many will agree that it's alot better than that "where's the little girl" fiasco of yours.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 22:47

      Ek hoor wat jy sê Dawie, maar ek is nogsteeds teleurgesteld in die wynkop se redenasie vermoë. Bootman, as jy kyk na die 'thumbs up/thumbs down' ratio op daai grappie dan sal jy besf jy het sopas n gek van jouself gemaak.

      Bootman - 2012-02-09 22:50

      Hey Clarise Starling. I see you and your alter ego are out in full force tonight.

      Bootman - 2012-02-09 22:55

      Jan......Bulldozer is not stupid. He is an FBI profiler working closely with the President of the USA............well in his wet dreams anyway.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-09 23:02

      Nee Bootman, ek het nooit gesê ek werk saam met die president nie, ook nooit gesê ek is n profiler nie. As jy weer skrik, skrik wakker.

      Dawie - 2012-02-10 01:11

      @Jan Moet asb net nie ophou "post" vir die hele seisoen nie, ek rol op die mat rond soos ek vir jou lag. Kyk jy's nou nie die skerpste potlood op die blog nie. En dan die fototjie met die geweer, is jy simpel man, jou pyl!! En ek wet jou nou R500 se nat beesbiltong die Stormers gaan NIE die kompetisie wen nie, hulle gaan ook nie die semis maak nie!

      Jason - 2012-02-10 07:10

      Bootman is on form today. Trashing bulldozer at every turn. Great way to start a Friday, a fan victory over the bulls

      Bootman - 2012-02-10 07:26

      @ Jason.....next time the Bulls play and the camera pans over the crowd, take a look at the Bulls fans and you will see we have a victory over them by default.

      Steenbra - 2012-02-10 14:53

      Bulldozer, hulle het dit gekry omdat hulle byspelers is, nie omdat hulle hul plek verdien nie

  • james.kukard - 2012-02-10 08:14

    This must be bad news for Bismark because the chances are growing that he'll have to come from the bench again because of a second stringer hooker taking his place in the springbok squad. Jake White predicted Chilly will be the next springbok captain.

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-10 09:27

      Don't worry, Heineke is appointing Joost as specialist hooker selector.

  • Jenny - 2012-02-10 09:03

    HAHAHAHAH from bad to worse..

  • Shistirrer - 2012-02-10 09:26

    "Pierre ... should be on the sidelines for between 5-8 days". Ah! At least now we know where to find him. Last season I couldn't find him anywhere on the field.

      Saffa - 2012-02-10 10:08

      ROTFLMAO :)

      Jason - 2012-02-10 12:37

      too funny

      Dawie - 2012-02-10 16:14

      @Saffa And you seriously find it that funny?

  • Dustin - 2012-02-10 10:51

    From a Springbok supporter's point of view, do you think the hype surrounding Chilliboy is justified or not? Because apart from the obvious political bonus points of having a future black captain of the Springboks, is he really better than say for instance Adriaan Strauss?

      Jason - 2012-02-10 12:39

      Dustin im starting to wonder, this is the Bulls they have no obligation to select him as Captain because of his Bok ambitions. In fact Spies and Wynand are the captains..........maybe this youngster has some leadership skills.

      Steenbra - 2012-02-10 14:57

      Dustin look at the player, not his color! Crap comments like yours deserve to shown up. Last year he played very good rugby and clearly in better form that Gary Botha! Chilli has captained at junior level so why now question his ability. On form he deserves the captains armband ahead of Spies, who faded in all the games last season

  • Kwagga - 2012-02-11 11:55

    What is the big issue. The man is due to become Bok Captain sooner or later for whatever reason. Leave it there and accept it !!!

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