Bongi to make debut for Bulls

2012-03-28 09:12

Johannesburg - Former SA under-20 hooker Bongi Mbonambi could make his debut this weekend in the massive Vodacom Super Rugby showdown at Newlands between the Vodacom Bulls and DHL Stormers.

Mbonambi will definitely be on the bench after the Bulls reserve hooker Willie Wepener pulled out of the game with “an infection of the facial nerve”, with team doctor Org Strauss unable to give a timeframe on the injury.

The 21-year old Mbonambi has been playing in the Vodacom Cup and should deputise the Bulls Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle for the clash, although Ralepelle has been overcoming the effects of flu this past week.

Given the way he played against the Reds, after being flat on his back for 24 hours prior to the game, Ralepelle is unlikely to pull out a the last minute and will be relishing his chance to make another impression on the national selectors in Cape Town.

The Bulls also confirmed the bad news that flanker Deon Stegmann was ruled out of the weekend’s clash, leaving them to revert to the same loose trio who took apart the Reds attacking lines for this weekend’s clash.

CJ Stander will once again stand in at openside flank, where he has done a good job since Stegmann has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury.

But in a clash like this, where inches will make the difference, the Bulls are looking forward to seeing what Mbonambi can do – especially as the nuggety hooker has been known for his firey and passionate performances at junior level.

One man who has no doubts about Mbonambi’s talent, is Bulls defensive coach John McFarland.

“He has improved immensely and he is one of the guys we earmarked during the off-season to be part of our Super Rugby squad. In last year’s under-21 Currie Cup final he had a major influence winning turnovers, his accuracy in the lineouts and his general work rate and that also showed when he played for the national team. He is certainly one for the future, an extremely hard working guy and it is pleasing to see him get an opportunity at this level,” said McFarland.

Mbonambi, a former scholar of St Alban’s College in Pretoria, is likely to be the only change to the Bulls match 22 which demolished the Reds 61-8 at Loftus last Saturday.


  • Jason - 2012-03-28 09:17

    He looks impressive in the Picture, cant say I know too much about him but WOW what a game to get a debut in, if he comes on!!! Stormers for life!

      Jason - 2012-03-28 10:21

      And please explain the thumbs downs?? What on earth did i say wrong, except compliment a young rugby player. Some of you are complete idiots...............the mind boggles!

      Lionel - 2012-03-28 10:35

      Forgive them boet,they not used to getting compliments!!!

      colin85 - 2012-03-28 10:44

      haha - you said Stomers for life, and while I always support the SA teams against the others, I can see how for example, Bulls supports will give that comment a thumbs down... Plus you said a dude looks impressive in a picture :P (joking)

      Jason - 2012-03-28 11:22

      @Colin point taken

      Lion - 2012-03-29 00:21

      Jason... No offense. What you said is excellent. But the "Stormers 4 Life" quote immediately convinced people of the opposite. People read the comments of the Stormers fans and 90% of the comments make sense until you come to the last sentence... "Stormers 4 Life". You sort of hover over the thumbs up button when you start reading but as soon as you read the "Stormers 4 Life", the brain don't think anymore and then immediately you start looking for the thumbs down button. You know when they do experiments on animals or try to teach them to do certain things with different colors. Its the same. as soon as "Stormers 4 Life" appears it is natural for everyone with brains to look for the thumbs down without even thinking. Same reaction.

  • Pieter Arno Burger - 2012-03-28 09:47

    Cant wait for Saturday, another Bulls Stormers game. Its what any rugby supporter lives for.

      Jason - 2012-03-28 10:12

      I agree, I enjoy giving the Bulls supporters a hard time but I love Bulls vs Stormers clashes! Its really juicy stuff. As a Springbok Supporter first and foremost im actually a fan of some of the Bulls players. Stormers 4 life!

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-28 09:59

    Ja, nee, ek dink hy't bietjie wedstryd oefening nodig voor di groot wedstryde begin!! Bulle, rook hulle!!

      Dirk - 2012-03-28 10:27

      Ja, nee duidelik, want dit is waar die Bulle mos altyd, elke keer seerkry, gedurende die oefeninge. :D

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-28 10:43

      @dirk- sou jou hartjie ni ook "seer kry" as jy di' klein poofters stoormers so moet opvrommel.. en net vir die lekkerte...?? ok, myne ook ni- maaaar di Bulle is goeie ouens, ne!!

      Dirk - 2012-03-28 11:25

      lat ekke dit eerder vir jou so stel... my ''hartjie'' sal donners sleg voel as al die ''goeie ouens'' allie pad van ''Prettyoria'' kom en dan di stommes ver verneder, hulle kon ma net sowel by die huis gebly het... saam met hul families!!! Lat die manne goed speel!!

      Dirk - 2012-03-28 11:30

      onse span gan hierrie sat, hard probeer, nie w probeer om jul goeie onsies teleur te stel nie... julle se mense ga trots wees hie op Newlands!!!!

  • Pieter - 2012-03-28 10:56

    Stormers by 10 !

      Shane - 2012-03-28 11:57

      Siestog, hou aan hoop, erens moet dit reg kom.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-28 11:02

    Good player. I saw him at u/20 level last year and he looked quite talented. Pit he's got a girl's name.

      dirk.slabbert - 2012-03-28 14:27

      Saw him play against Lions on saturday, and he looked awesome. Line-outs were accurate, good in the loose, and overall a good performance. Rather have him in my team, than have to play against him. Girls name or not.

  • Lunga - 2012-03-28 19:55

    Hehehe... he has a girl's name.

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