Hougaard mainly at 9 - Ludeke

2012-01-10 21:58

Cape Town - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says Springbok utility back Francois Hougaard will mainly play at scrumhalf in this year's Super Rugby tournament.

Hougaard has been used at wing by both the Bulls and the Springboks to great effect in the last while but Ludeke admitted to Beeld that Hougaard will play most of his rugby this season in the No 9 jumper.

"Hougie wants to make his mark at scrumhalf this year and we gave him the assurance that he will get enough chances there," said Ludeke.

He will, however, still be used on the left wing at times by the three-time Super Rugby champions.

Jano Vermaak is the other main scrumhalf on their books and he will add valuable experience at No 9. Hougaard has only played five of his 29 Super Rugby matches for the Bulls at scrumhalf, while Vermaak has 62 Super Rugby appearances for the Lions in this position.

"Hougie really wants to play there (scrumhalf), but he's also a team man and realise that there could be times where we might call on his number at wing.

"Jano is himself a brilliant player and then we obviously also have Ruan Snyman to call upon," said Ludeke.

The amount of times Hougaard would have to help out on the wing will probably depend on the form of new recruit JJ Engelbrecht, veteran wing Akona Ndungane and speedster Bjorn Basson.


  • John - 2012-01-11 02:48

    either position he can be relied on. THis is a bit of a headache for the selectors as we have too many good scrummies at the moment

      Tom - 2012-01-11 10:24

      There is no headache, the selectors knew this before they did the signings. Good compitition is very good for any player.

  • rory.litchfield - 2012-01-11 03:56

    maar nog steeds a "dodgy " harstyl :)

      Van - 2012-01-11 07:35

      Dis goed want dis al wat dodgy is omtrent die man. As 15 Bulle of Bokke sy moed en energie het klop niemand hulle nie.

  • The-third - 2012-01-11 06:57

    the more he gets the ball the better. play the man at scrumhalf and trust our specialist wings to play like specialists.

  • Lionel - 2012-01-11 07:19

    Im not a Bulls supporter but for the sake of SA rugby please play him at scrumhalf as he is gonna be the number 1 scrummie for the Boks!!!!

      Andre - 2012-01-11 08:04

      second that

      Tom - 2012-01-11 10:26

      Fully agree with you Lionel but will he fits in to the gameplan of the new coach? We will have to wait and see.

  • Dwerg - 2012-01-11 07:34

    A bit of sour grapes from a Lion: I hope Jano Vermaak gets outplayed and has to move to a different province to get game time

      Paul - 2012-01-11 07:48

      Yeah, I wonder how Jano feels right now about the wisdom of his move to Loftus. Almost like the guy at Sony Records who rejected The Beatles.

      Gert - 2012-01-11 12:00

      We will see in the S15 how Jano should be feeling about his move.

  • Pieter - 2012-01-11 08:46

    Hougie vir scrummie!

  • jandreleroux - 2012-01-11 08:52

    Hougie is goed genoeg, maar ek vrees daar is te veel gaps op ander plekke in die span. Nog n amper jaar vir ons. Hopelik is ek verkeerd!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-01-11 09:25

      @jandreleroux Ek dink nie jy weet regtig mooi wat aangaan in die Bulle kamp nie my maat. Ek dink hier gaan een van die Bulle se beste seisoene kom......

  • jankvdm - 2012-01-11 08:58

    Speel hom op 9 ! Jano verdien die splinters in sy agterwereld van bank sit . Hy wou mos slim wees en die Bulle se sogenaamde wen kultuur is verby !!!

      Dewald - 2012-01-11 12:19

      Lions doen net goed in WC jare, ons sal sien die jaar!

  • Deon - 2012-01-11 10:25

    He can play at many places with his great side-step, so fast off the mark. We have a few very exciting young players.

  • Haha - 2012-01-11 10:34

    Bulls need to get rid of Bjorn Basson..

      Dewald - 2012-01-11 12:17

      Give him a chance, the Bulls need to give him good ball!

  • casper.bornman - 2012-01-11 12:15

    Speel hom op Srummie ! Hoe meer hy die bal in hand het hoe beter... sy verspreiding is uitstekend, sy besluitneming moet net akuraat wees, en dan bring hy nog die X-factor ook ! Jano is self uitstekend en as ons Hougie op vleul nodig het kan Jano ook nog sy talent uitstal...Hougie dink ek sal in elk vleul toe skuif as een van hulle beseer word ! HOU BY DIE BLOU !! GO BULLE !!

  • Dewald - 2012-01-11 12:16

    He is so good they can play him anywhere, exept for lock, hooker and prop!

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