Rossouw rewarded with start

2011-05-31 12:58

Pretoria - The Bulls have rewarded utility forward Danie Rossouw for his outstanding contributions to the team recently by including him in the starting line-up for Friday’s must-win Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs in Pretoria.

Rossouw’s inclusion is one of two changes made to the team this week by the defending champions.

The big forward will be wearing the number seven jersey in place of Dewald Potgieter while, in the only other change, Gary Botha takes over from Chiliboy Ralepelle as part of the team’s rotation policy.

"Danie has done the job for us as an impact player and ball carrier and we believe he will again make an important contribution when he comes out to start," Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said on Tuesday.

The Bulls have also decided to give wing Akona Ndungane sufficient time to recover from a shoulder injury he picked up in last week’s 32-21 victory over the Cheetahs.

Should the flyer fail his fitness test later this week, Gerhard van den Heever will take his place with Stephan Dippenaar coming in on the bench.

Rossouw and Bulls captain Victor Matfield will become the most capped players in the union’s history when they take the field on Friday.

They have, to date, donned 113 Super Rugby caps, along with Pedrie Wannenburg who plies his trade at Irish club Ulster.


Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane/Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretoruis, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Danie Rossouw, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Dean Greyling.

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Dewald Potgieter, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Gerhard van den Heever/Stephan Dippenaar.




  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-31 13:03

    Dear Frans Ludeke, you are a chop. I reckon if old Danie had started more, and the Powerpuff girls a little less, you chaps might have been in a seriously good position. So are you stubborn or just stupid? Kind regards, Me.

      A.K - 2011-05-31 13:13

      saffa, Danie on his own wouldnt have carried the bulls, they sucked from 1 to much u wanna bet they wont make it into the playoffs?

      Capetonian - 2011-05-31 13:24

      Agreed. Even as a Stormers supporter I'm a huge fan of Danie Rossouw. He's a no-nonsense team player that always seems to want to give more, whether its in a green and gold or blue jersey. Got good hands and awesome skills as was displayed again this past weekend. I therefore cant for the life of me figure out what Dewaldt Potgieter's role is in the Bulls back row. Is he a ball-carrier or a fetcher? Dont see him pop-up in a "linking" role in the manner which Schalk do for the Stormers either. No disrespect to Dewaldt, I think he's a great guy by simply reading his blog on SS, but Ludeke defnitely missed a trick by consistingly playing him before Danie, when he's clearly not in the same league as the gentle giant.

      ARRA - 2011-05-31 13:24

      Saffa -who would you refer to as (powerpuff girls) -Danie started against the Sharks at 7 aswell, replaced by Potgieter just rotating girl as for Victor and Bakkies is almost back to the best ,improving every game,why change if things go well Am I wrong or do you actually have feelings for the Bulls

      bullincapeto - 2011-05-31 13:26

      The Bulls are in a seriously good position, few injuries,players getting into form.By starting the extra long seasonn under cooked on the fitness side of things they have sacrificed log positions,BUT they are going to be a handfull for any team home or away.SAFFA which cape school do you support?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-31 13:54

      @Bullincapto - Paul Roos. I also have a 'Bishops' link, but will support Paul Roos over Bishops. Have family in Paarl Gimnasium as well, so I tend to applaud the lot of them as best I can (with Paul Roos getting the majority - if that makes sense). Club Rugby, is a bit tougher - Maties have my support - but I have a few Ikey ties that bind...making it tough at times - but Maties 1st and foremost. Hammies and False Bay also hold some sentimental value.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-31 14:08

      wtf? Paul Roos Bishops?,this is an article on Danie Rossouw and the Bulls,Now e mail each other and get the hell off this article,twats

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-31 15:21

      @A.K How much??? Bet on!

      Hannes - 2011-05-31 15:39

      Hey ZOTKOP: you're the last one that can complain about people not making comments relevant to the topic. so shhhhh

      The_Fox - 2011-05-31 15:44

      @Saffa Hey pal, start making a few rugby comments on here. No wonder other teams laugh at the Stormers!

      The_Fox - 2011-05-31 15:44

      @A.K I wouldn't bet against the Bulls if I were you my boy

      The_Fox - 2011-05-31 15:46

      @Hannes Hey man, are there any Stormers on here who's interested in talking rugby and not just bashing other teams/supporters. We are the ones who should be humble without a cup in 11 years

      chrismtb007 - 2011-05-31 16:13

      @ Fox, I relly take my hat off to you, you seem to be the only Stormer supporter on here that comments with his brains, and not making an ass out of themselves.. I was starting to worry about the supporters from teh Cape. One think is for sure, we are in for a riller of an end to the super 15!!!

  • molefeP - 2011-05-31 13:10

    Again with Jaco Pretorius! Does Ludicrous owe him money or something that he keeps selecting the guy? Granted Chillie deserves a rest, but I dont think Gary is anywhere close right now. Come Bulls, pull finger!

      ARRA - 2011-05-31 13:17

      molefep -please read the whole story Chilli/Botha are on a rotation system his not rested persai-I must agree with you on Jaco would rather played Dippenaar

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-31 13:48

      @ARRA - Molefe is right. Why is there a rotation? The best player to start, and the 2nd to come from the bench. As we have been discussing for weeks now - Chilli should be the 1st choice! Garry is a liability at line-outs, and Chilli is better in all departments. Jaco is a solid defender, and has no other skills at this level. It is not enough!

      ARRA - 2011-05-31 14:12

      greame --a while ago it was posted that Gary and Chilli will be rotated as both players were involved in the decition -each game they played needs diffirent skills as for Gary being the stronger scrummer and play more in the tight fases,Chilli will catch the eye by more being the receiver in the first lose ball drives-both briliant players depend on how you see the game

      Zip23 - 2011-05-31 14:53

      Also think Chillie should start regardless of rotation, he is really starting to look like the new Springbok hooker.

      Dan Steel - 2011-05-31 14:56

      You guys need to actually keep your eyes open when you watch rugby - Jaco P is better at all levels than Dippenaar - far better defender and far quicker as well. Look at the difference in tries scored by the wings when he plays centre compared to when Dippenaar does.

      mike - 2011-05-31 19:27

      Not a huge Jaco fan myself but you have to take your hat off to the man on defense. If Dippies played this weekends I recon those Eberson brothers would of had a field day. Go check the tackle count if you think I'm wrong. Bussines end of the competition so games will tighten up and in finals rugby you need a strong defender out wide. Also Chilli and Gary are both playing well, think Gary got the nod due to being a better tight player then Chilli and the Tahs are stingy and keep the ball close. Same goes for Danie over Dewaldt.

      Maarten - 2011-05-31 19:36

      @ARRA, if you read tha mans post you will see that he is aware of the rotation. Hence, Chillie needs a rest. What is rotation but a rest?

  • YB Normal - 2011-05-31 13:10

    a well deserved reward for a big game to SA best no 8, although he will be wearing the 7 jersey.

      StBad - 2011-05-31 17:01

      He's my 'traditional no.8' choice for the RWC...

  • PJ - 2011-05-31 13:21


      brenda.cummings1 - 2011-05-31 13:50

      why you scared? Probably a Stormer or Sharks supporter?

      Hannes - 2011-05-31 14:00

      Or Lions or Cheetahs or Crusaders or Reds or Blues or Highlanders or Western Force or Brumbies or Tahs or Canes or Rebels or Chiefs supporter... actually. GO TAHS!

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-31 14:10

      PJ states that he support the Sharks but i believe he is a screwed up individual that deeply want to support a winning team but so far 10 years no cups ,He is actualy an undercover Stormer supporter

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-31 15:11

      Annes thinks he is funny! He looks like a little whap.

      Hannes - 2011-05-31 15:36

      haha, whatever Cream, blow me

      JJRR - 2011-05-31 15:41

      seker n strompie in n tahs trui op loftus ne? shame, blerrie pateties!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-31 16:17

      @Annes - you wish you little gay moron. Whats with the pose mate? Do your boys think you look "oulik"?

  • rugby_guru - 2011-05-31 13:28

    He played a good game this weekend, fact... how would he have played the others games is fiction...

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-05-31 13:35

    Grrrrrr...why oh why drop chilliboy for what geez frans ludeke and his team selections.This rotational ''thingy'' between chilliboy and gary is totally disrespect gor gary but chilliboy is playing the better rugby. Bring back Stephan Dippernaar then our backline will score tries again. Oupa Jaco Pretorius is bloody plain rubbish....phew i do not give a stuff if he has solid defence...i want my outside centre breaking the line...and creating chances for his wings...Dippies was doing just that for us. Danie should start at 7 for the rest of the season. he is having a blinder this season. It will not be a walk over the tahs have a strong set piece. Go bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      logical - 2011-05-31 13:41

      Agree Muzi. Pretorius brings nothing on attack and Chilliboy hasn't played enough rugby to have to be "rotated". Its about time he (Chilliboy)starts playing full games since he makes every bloody Bok and Bulls "training" squad despite not playing rugby. What the hell is he getting paid for?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-31 13:56

      @Muzi - it is INSANE - as Chiliboy has been the FAR superior hooker (by a country mile). The Bulls lose quite a bit when Gary starts (or when he replaces Chilli)

      ARRA - 2011-05-31 14:17

      Muzi -see my reply above on GreameB on the Chilli/Gary issue ,horses for courses

      Dan Steel - 2011-05-31 14:59

      Muzi, I agree with your point of view on Chilli. But you need to get over your thing with Jaco P. He is far superior to Dippenaar as a centre. Dippenaar has made one good pass in the games he played this season, admittedly. But what else? He's not pathetic, but too slow and doesn't defend well.

      JJRR - 2011-05-31 15:42

      Jaco was pateties en het direk 2 driee afgestaan! Dippies sal beter wees!

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-31 19:22

      Muzi - on de other hand Darren - the rotational policy keeps the players sharp, motivated and rested. Think about it: Gary and Chiliboy are both #1 #2s!

      mike - 2011-05-31 19:30

      Gary and Chilli are rotated based on the opposition. Gary used when we need some more grunt same as Danie. It's tactically very astute from Ludeke, who seems to be proving all his early season critics wrong again! Jaco I think because of his awesome defense is getting the nod each week.

  • milswanka - 2011-05-31 13:40

    To all the Bulls supporters...please have a look, it will make your day!

  • Tits McGee - 2011-05-31 13:52

    Pierre spies is a show pony. Fact. What does he actually do on the field that makes coaches keep picking him. He adds very little value. I support the stormers and love it that Spies plays instead of Danie. It only sucks when we reach Springbok level because Spies is way down the log in number 8 quality yet he always gets the start. Danie on the other hand is quality....

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-31 13:56

      Very GOOD player!!!

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-31 14:12

      The showpony as you call him has 3 Superrugby medals (Gold),compared to none of any other team in SA,and he scored some awesome Super tries over the years and more than Habana in the last two years

      ARRA - 2011-05-31 14:19

      they are scared of him

      gooinat - 2011-05-31 14:25

      @Arra,who's scared of Spies???

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-31 14:29

      @Gooinat - I am petrified when I see Spies in a Bok jersey. Petrified he will stuff up.

      gooinat - 2011-05-31 14:36

      @Saffa,LMAO,to true,whats happened to Lloyd,has Oom Angus summoned him,I see Alwyn has just returned from the Mighty Mouse meeting.

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-31 19:23

      You kidding, right?

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-31 14:16

    @Arra - I think you will realise, if you read the comments comments, that Danie is in fact the most respected Bull amongst supporters of other unions. If you call that "having feelings" for the Bulls, so be it. I have "feelings" for all the Bull players when they pull on the green and gold (except Spies....but I do try very very very hard to push my personal opinion on his quality as an International 8th man aside)

      Gilgamesh - 2011-05-31 14:33

      If Spies had the attitude of someone like Josh Strauss, he would be formidable. It's like he's trying to protect himself and he's holding back. I want to scream at him sometimes, he could be brilliant - it looks like he's scared to take any meaningful contact. Something is not quite right with Pierre, I wish I knew what it was.

      ARRA - 2011-05-31 14:55

      Hi Saffa -why not Spies -he is one of the most talented rugby players alive playing wing and then moved to 8thman ,like Sonny-Bill used to play forward at the aus- rugby league now playing centre but I must admit like Gilgamesh replied if Spies had the attitude of a Josh Strauss then the whole of SA would be behind him ,could be world cup stress or just being lazy,Danie on the other hand is on top of his game at this stage but remember last year losing the ball in every contact situation-everybody can go threw a bad stage in ones rugby career-just human I think did Spies set you up on your first date

      ARRA - 2011-05-31 15:02

      just to set things in perspective,look at the tackles made by Spies statistics then you will see he is one of the highest tacklers in the competition and if he run there is allways three blokes trying to stop him ,so in a way he is still contibuting to his side

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-31 15:21

    Eina Waratahs!!!

      René Müller - 2011-05-31 15:41

      Good team, it would have been nice to see the so-called rotation policy on Flip for Bakkies and Gerhard for Zane though!

      The_Fox - 2011-05-31 15:47

      @Rene That would have been frightning, will probably come soon. Even as Stormers supporter I have to say the Bulls look unbeatable

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-05-31 15:23

    @SAFFA-CAT..ARRA...Bulls supporters..... Pierre Spies imho opinion is one of the leading number 8's in rugby and i know people will kill me for saying this. Last year he had a good tour in Britain and if i am not mistaken he even got man of the match for that one game against wales. He is showing signs of returning to form but the bulls game plan imho does not suite him...i would have liked to see him play for let's say the cheetahs who like running the ball or even the sharks. The great Zinzan Brooke said that the boks should use him as a strike runner...after the 5th and sixth phase ball....then he will be potent BUT somehow frans ludeke and peter de villiers awant to use him as the main crash ball player. He is not built or conditioned for that...he is not your willem alberts type of player...he is explosive ..has speed..power. Jake White and Heyneke Meyer were the only coaches who got the best out of Pierre....they were like a father figure to him he thrived under jake white in 2007...even both jake and heyneke said Pierre did suffer abit after his dad passed away. But in saying that this is a professional sport Spies will have to prove himself again to most south africans who are losing faith in him. His bulls contract is finishing next year if i am not mistaken...a would advise Spies to go paly abroad in france or britain...he can learn alot in terms of palying a tighter did wonderas for Schlak Brits and Joe van niekerk.

      ARRA - 2011-05-31 15:34

      Muzi -that is a good reply ,must complement you

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-31 19:27

      Muzi... you write good shite. Everybody knows Spies is a fantastic #8. We all saw it again on Saturday. The big guy thrives on big games.

  • The_Fox - 2011-05-31 15:37

    Well well well, I guess Ludeke has listened! Even as a huge Stormers fan I have to say the Bulls will be extremely tough to beat. Very solid, BMT, flyers on the wings. I'm afraid we looking at a Bulls-Reds final

      René Müller - 2011-05-31 15:57

      The_Fox, wow how refreshing a Stormer supporter talking rugga! The Bulls still have 3 tough games ahead of them however as an ardent Bull supporter I believe they have it in them to make the play-offs and some! Maybe the slow and very poor start at the beginning of the season might help them at the end.

      René Müller - 2011-05-31 16:30

      Gooinat, geez but you are easily entertained! Great, glad I could help! Sad little man!

      gooinat - 2011-05-31 16:34

      Who's the one with egg on her face now,if you for one minute think that this is the real"The Fox",think again.I'm not sad at all,I'm actually laughing my head off at you,who's the Plonker of the month RENE MULLER:):)

      René Müller - 2011-05-31 17:03

      Oh my, small things amuse small minds! Little willy syndrome I see. Man but you are sad

      Cadder - 2011-05-31 18:06

      @René: Don't worry, René. This happens all the time. Bulls supporters posing as Stormers supporters, and vice versa.

      Cadder - 2011-05-31 18:21

      @The_Fox: Is that you, Effel/Plesierspier? :-)

      Cadder - 2011-05-31 18:22

      @René: I think you have been duped by one of your own :-)

      JoeStormer - 2011-05-31 18:34

      @Cadder It's me Guess it could be effel, Cliffie, Plesier, The Fox? Who knows

  • Cadder - 2011-05-31 18:03

    I have to agree with some of my fellow Stormers supporters. I consider Danie Rossouw to be a real workhorse, who gives his all for every minute that he's on the pitch. He's an honest rugby player, and is seldom involved in any off-the-ball incidents. I have a lot of respect for that, regardless of the fact that he plays for another team. He saved the World Cup in 2007 with his last grasp tackle on Mark Queto. Good on you, Danie!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-05-31 19:20

    Crikey moses this saffacat is a pain. Guys and girls - please try to ignore him. Easiest way is to not read his idiotic ramblings.

  • watalife - 2011-05-31 20:36

    Well, with Rossouw starting, the option of vd Heever at wing/fullback, the pack totally dominating again even us Stormers have to admit this is a different Bulls team from 2 months ago. I can't see anyone really stopping the Bulls from taking their 4th cup in 5 years.

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