Barry receives Bulls call-up

2010-05-10 16:08

Pretoria - It wasn’t a surprise when the Vodacom Bulls started their Monday practice without many of their regular Springbok stars. What was a surprise was De Wet Barry’s presence at the stadium.

Barry received a call-up on Sunday, the clearest indication that the Bulls intend sending a second string side to Newlands for the final match of the season against the Stormers.

With the Stormers desperate for a victory to get them firmly in the semis, the Bulls could argue that they are technically doing South Africa a favour by trying to help ensure two teams in the semis. But there is a tinge of expectancy with the team that will go down to Newlands this weekend.

Barry’s arrival is one thing, but the rest of the team has more talent than most Super 14 franchises and could well cause a massive surprise this weekend if the Stormers are not at their best.

Barry’s inclusion will bolster the defensive effort in the midfield, and the Stormers can look forward to some of the punishment he used to deal out in the same jerseys at Newlands several years before.

The Bulls were still meeting to finalise their squad, and will only confirm the changes later in the week but the team to arrive at Newlands will look very different to the one that beat the Crusaders last weekend.

If the practice session is anything to go by, this may be very close to what the Bulls will field in the Currie Cup this season, and will be a massive opportunity for some of the youngsters involved. At least 13 stars will put their feet up this weekend and watch their teammates take on the old foe.

The Bulls are set to rest the likes of captain Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Morné Steyn, Zane Kirchner, Francois Hougaard, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Gary Botha, Werner Kruger, Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Wynand Olivier and Pierre Spies. In addition to this Gerhard van der Heever will not be allowed to play after being suspended for a tip-tackle.

Barry looks set to line up in the midfield with Stephan Dippenaar with Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Heini Adams the likely halfback pair. Jaco van der Westhuyzen has recovered from his calf strain and will be back in the side, probably at wing.

In the front row, Bees Roux and Bandise Maku can move up off the bench, while Flip van der Merwe will join Bakkies Botha in the second row and Pedrie Wannenburg, Derick Kuün both will play.

The Bulls have decided to reward several of their Vodacom Cup stars that won the title last weekend – with Chiliboy Ralepelle leading a group of players that includes promising youngsters Dean Greyling, Bok Sevens flyer Deon Helberg, SA under-21 captain Gert-Jan Van Velze, Okkie Kruger, Ruan Snyman and drop-kick hero Francois Brummer at the practice.

Also included in that group are two stalwarts – prop Jaco Engels and Tiger Mangweni, who are also to feature in the Newlands game.

Either way, the Bulls side that arrives in Cape Town will be hungry and keen to impress. Should the Stormers have believed a B side would be an easy game, this group will make them think again.


  • Jeff Aucamp - 2010-05-10 16:16

    I am looking forward to this game!! De wet Barry can inflict some serious damage on Sat and it couldnt happen to a nicer bunch of guys!!

  • Shark - 2010-05-10 16:27

    Klap hulle Stohmers!

  • RUGGERBUGGER - 2010-05-10 16:32

    Can anyone pleez tell me how old this De Wet Barry is? I didn't know the okes got pensions when they hit 40....

  • STORMER - 2010-05-10 16:35

    The Bulls could have done a LOT WORSE than having De Wet Barry with 'em the whole season (they should have kept him in the squad after he was there pre-season) defence Barry was, and maybe still is epic. D-E-F-E-N-C-E:something the TinkerBULLS have been struggling with.....

  • Nick - 2010-05-10 16:37

    I think the bulls are trying to do the SA rugby fraternity a big solid. If the stormers win they get a home semi. if they lose they may have to play an away semi of worse be out of contention. That might mean that no SA team makes the final.

  • Jack - 2010-05-10 16:38

    Now that's what I call strategy! Set a Stormer to catch a Stormer. And if we lose, we can always say it's because we had a Stormer in the side, whaddaya expect?

  • Wat 'n skok! - 2010-05-10 16:41

    Ek dog die Bulle gebruik nie "huursoldate" nie en "kweek hulle eie spelers"...wat 'n grap. De Wet Barry - jy kan mos nie met jou ryke WP geskiedenis na so 'n vrot spul toe gaan nie. Sies man!

  • Stormerman - 2010-05-10 16:53

    Okay I'll admit that this past Saturday's (lack of) performance against the guppies was more a storm(er) in a teacup than a side wanting to win the title. With that style of play, my team should by default drop down to last position on the log, below the Lions. But I really hope the Bulls are fielding their 2nd team to rest their star players for the semi-final &, heaven forbid, the final. I hope the reason is NOT to assist the Stormers in reaching the final for a SA 1-2. Even as an ardent Stormers supporter, I say please don't! If a side can't win the games to get to the final then THEY DON'T DESERVE TO BE THERE. Please Bulls, don't shame us by "taking it easy" on us, but play to win & beat us outright if you must. Although, with cover-him-in-bubble-wrap De Wet Barry in the side, you clearly aren't interested in the result. Why don't you take NaKAKlevuki too?

  • CV - 2010-05-10 16:55

    gaan darem maar die grap van die jaar wees,ek kan nie wag dat daai bulle hulle wys dat daar nie n ding soos n B SPAN by die bulle is nie ,hulle speel net rugby

  • Bul - 2010-05-10 16:57

    Shark! Moenie jou "IK" weg gee met jou spel vermoë nie. Jy gee die Sharks 'n slegte naam.

  • Renny - 2010-05-10 17:02

    Imagine the Stormers loosing to the Bulls B-Team, now that wil be funny. Im sorry Stormers but this weekend's game was very disappointing. The Stormers are too inconsistent to earn the Super 14 title & after Friday's game all I can say is go Bulls!

  • Len - 2010-05-10 17:05

    Only way the Bulls can win is they use Marius Plonker to dish up some of his incompetence

  • cois - Stormer - 2010-05-10 17:17

    Al ooit gedink as die 14 splelers nie speel nie en die Bspan wen die Stromers, dan ......

  • @RUGGERBUGGER - 2010-05-10 17:18

    De Wet Barry is 31 years old... turns 32 in June.

  • STORMER - 2010-05-10 17:30

    I hope in fact the Stormers throw this game..score 4 quick tries in the 1st half, then take the Schalks, Duanes, Andriess & Co off. Get one point - finish 4TH....then go and abuse the Bulls in Soweto the next week...then come home for a FINAL....Now that would seriously make the TinkerBulls circles BEEEEEEEEEEEEEGER

  • STORMER - 2010-05-10 17:33

    OOOOOOPS - I meant fly overseas for a final and win it :) Apologies, even the great ones make mistakes...

  • Bloubloed - 2010-05-10 17:41

    Stormers is like a teenager bra - all the support but no cup!

  • BEER - 2010-05-10 17:42

    the bulls started off the super 14 on the top, they had a bye, still on the top, they lost a game and was still on top, now they can give points and still be on top. so does it really matter who they play in their team???????

  • Blue machine - 2010-05-10 17:52

    Stormer why am i not surprised you think our b team will be easy.Well i was there at loftus b field when the likes of brummer, watermeyer and chiliboy won the vodacom cup final.These boys will give you guys a nice hard physical game they have BMT you saw what brummer did.Don't forget potgieter at 10 will be a handful you saw what he did to the sharks last year.Blue bulls always send teams to cape town to be competitive not to give stormers an easy ride!!!!!!!!!

  • jarrod - 2010-05-10 18:03

    lets not forget that if the sharks had had the rub of the green with a few refs( i.e. brumbies game) they would without a doubt be playing in the semis. they were only soundly beaten once this year.on sat the stormers literaly didnt know what hit them.that being said, both the stormers and bulls are gd sides and if they play to their streangths we should have another all sa final. lets just hope the reff doesnt rob ne1 this time.... gd luck boys.

  • Raai-Raai - 2010-05-10 18:18

    Wat n klomp k@k, Verlede jaar, het die bulle se "A-span", met hulle 12 Springbokke die WP met n skamele 2 punte geklop in CC, Nou met die "A-span" wat nou nie speel nie, is dit rergtig vergaande dat almal nou dink die B-span is yster. Ek dink, die bulle WIL die een verloor, want anders moet hulle in Soweto teen ons in die Semi's speel, Bang gatte!!! Oja, wat het geword van die "Stormers maak dit maklik vir die bulle?" Nadat ons die Saders sat gespeel het n week terug, en die bulle naelskraap gewen het. Nou is al julle bulle bekstil? Eenkantige bliksems!

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-05-10 18:24

    The Blue Bulls don't have to do us favours, we don't need any favours from them. We'll win the game this weekend, win our semi the next weekend and BEAT the HELL out of ANY opponent in the FINAL.!! Up you STORMERS!!!!

  • Ou bulletjie - 2010-05-10 19:19

    Ag shame die ou storie van voor af. WP ons sal weer probeer, weer probeer. hoeveel jare wil die Kaap nog probeer. Dis jammer dat J Fourie en B Habana julle amper daar gekry het. Wen eers die tweede span en maak die semi finals voor julle grootbek raak

  • Gav - 2010-05-10 19:21

    Everybody is going on about the big game on Saturday. I still think that the Crusaders is going to be the Champions!

  • groot bul - 2010-05-10 19:40

    in die eerste plek weet ek nie hoe 'n mens 'n rugbyspan wat pick& Pay sakke vir rugby truie dra kan support nie. Die bulle se b-span gaan buitendien saterdag julle ou sakkies middeldeur skeur.

  • Blue machine - 2010-05-10 19:45

    Gav its the stormers fans they filling newlands for a do or die fixture against a blue bulls b team thats just sad to me !!!!!

  • Bob - 2010-05-10 19:55

    LOOK AT THIS CRAP BELOW: "Vote The Bulls have secured top spot in the Super 14 standings no matter what happens in their clash against the Stormers. Should they send a "B" team to Newlands? Dangerous game to play and they would lose any psychological edge in defeat No fear, a Bulls 'B' team would beat the Stormers... The Bulls should put SA's interests first and "throw" the game, thus ensuring home semis for both them and the Stormers View Results | Vote Archive 27 % Dangerous game to play and they would lose any psychological edge in defeat 40 % No fear, a Bulls 'B' team would beat the Stormers... 33 % The Bulls should put SA's interests first and "throw" the game, thus ensuring home semis for both them and the Stormers Vote Archive" THAT IS BULL.......! ONLY THE STORMERS THROW GAMES, LIKE A COUPLE YEARS AGO WHEN THEY LET THE BULLS BEAT THEM BY 30+ POINTS TO KEEP THE SHARKS OUT OF THE FINALS! POOR SPORTSMANSHIP! HOW CAN ANR TRUE RUGBY SUPPORTER WANT ANY TEAM TO THROW A GAME TO ALLOW ANOTHER TEAM TO GO THROUGH? THAT 33% OF YOU (Stormers fans) ARE PATHETIC!

  • Craig - 2010-05-10 20:35

    Barry is not the oldest player in SA rugby. I'm sure that Stefan Terblanche's grandson must be a Sharks selector....

  • Chris Serfontein - 2010-05-10 20:51

    I think the Stormers must go to somebody that cn explain to them what BMT and consistancy are before they start preparing for the Curry Cup. Sometimes, like Saturday, they reckon they need only turn up for a match. If they watched the Sharks game against the BULLS they should have known better. The mighty Bulls were also at sixes and sevens for most of the game.

  • chris serfontein - 2010-05-10 21:04

    You can't compete is any twenty/20 game without sufficient macth pratice and captain an international side too like Smith did. Botha should have done a job better. Aswell Prince and Hushim Amla should have been in squad because they are BMT fighters apart from their batting prowess/abilities.

  • nr1wpsupporter - 2010-05-10 21:37

    Nee my ma man, is De Wettie al in n ouetehuis gewiesie, sy laaities speel seker al reeds senior rugby!

  • Joker - 2010-05-10 22:52

    What is the difference between Tinkerbell and "STORMER" - at least Tinkerbell can make a fairytale look and sound plausible. Oh and also she's never tarty about it either.

  • What B-team. - 2010-05-11 05:51

    this B-Team will whip the Stormers

  • Bulls - 2010-05-11 08:11

    Jeff Aucamp, you right!!! Why should the Bulls waste their time on WP side that has won nothing in Super rugby history? What do they have to gain (aside from keeping Wp supporters happy)? Nothing wrong with resting the first choice players and let me warn you. The Bulls B team is more than capable of beating them at newlands and if anything they going to be more hungry too. 1. Jaco 2. Maku/Chilliboy 3. Roux 4. Bakkies 5. Flip 6. Kuun 7. Pedrie 8. danie 9. adams 10. Potgeiter 11. Mametsa 12. Barry 13. dippenaar 14. Jaco 15. Tiger Imagine the headlines, stormers beaten by Bulls B team..

  • Pet - 2010-05-11 08:32

    @raai raai ons speel inelkgeval in Soweto watsesnert praat jy jou sot

  • passop - 2010-05-11 10:11

    Die stormers het nie sleg gespeel die jaar nie maar a.g.v hulle supporters wat sulke kinderagtige comments maak oor die bulle hoop ek die bulle se B-span druk die Stormers uit die semi's op hulle eie veld. Onthou net een ding die druk is nou op die stormers en die Bulle "B" span gaan hulle harte uit speel want hulle speel nie net vir trots nie maat ook vir die springbok seleksies so al die grootbek stormers moet maar eerder stil bly tot na saterdag...stormer supporters hou mos daarvan om al die bul ondersteuners onder dieselfde kam te skeer....jy kry kommin supporters in elke span, maar om te veralgemeen maak jou 'n idioot en 'n vlak poepol..ek kan net so laag daal en se alle stormer supporters is kommin moffies, want kaap stad is mos vol van die boudk@ppers.

  • Joker - 2010-05-11 10:32

    Oh come on “lassy” – stalked ? – it’s a free country and if you want to keep on dishing up tardy nonsense then be “man” enough to take it – and we are not even in the last 20 minutes of the game yet girly. And now look what you’ve done – you’ve again come with the stereotyping – makes the JOKER angry – and you know what happened to Batman when the JOKER got angry – I’ll be back if you keep up with your Tardy nonsense – stick to the rugga. Schizophrenically yours. Ha Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaaa

  • Max - 2010-05-11 10:40

    All the pressure on the Stormers, a win won't be good enough, they have to win convincingly. Somehow, I don't think it will be a walkover.

  • Joker - 2010-05-11 12:10

    @STORMER - bad at watching movies as well I see - the JOKER is still alive and very much kicking.

  • Pieter (Sommige Stormers is Brommers) - 2010-05-11 15:13

    Arme Stormer brommertjies ek sien hulle pissies al so bietjies bietjies in hulle se broekies vir Saterdag!! Ai dit sal darem maar 'n gebrom oor die Karoo se vlaktes afgee as die Bulletjie se B gemeng met C spannetjie julle afransel, wat natuurlik hoogs waarskynlik is!! Tot Tafelberg sal nooit weer sy hoed afhaal uit skaamte nie! Al wens ek was 'n tandarts in Kaapstad, na die naweek sal dit goeie besigheid wees om valstande in te sit in die plek van daai verlore voortande sodat julle nie as Stormertjies herken kan word nie.....lekker werk op die hawe om geld bymekaar te skraap daarvoor!!

  • Selma - 2010-05-11 15:24

    Hou op met kerm en konsentreer op wat jul span Saterdag moet vermag. 4 Driee. Dit gaan nie uit die hemel uit val nie. As julle weer gly en oorsee moer reis vir n halfeindrondte wedstryd gaan julle bars. Ons staan n kans om geskiedenis te maak en twee SA spanne in die finaal te he. Dit gaan n helse poging van beide die Stormers en die Bulle verg. Dis geen uitgemaakte saak dat een van hulle in die finaal gaan speel nie. Beide agterlyne, alhoewel baie gewillig, is lig en onervare in vergelyking met die gladde reuse van die Waratahs, Crusaders en Hurricanes.

  • @selma - 2010-05-12 08:16

    Heloooo - Bulls and Sharks played in a s14 final - remember. No history will be made here.

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