Break helped Bulls - Ludeke

2012-06-27 18:30

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says the three-week hiatus from Super Rugby, during the inbound England tour, provided an opportunity to regroup before they restart their campaign against the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

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While the majority of Ludeke's players were on duty with the Springboks, not all of them were used in the series, and it gave the other players time to rest.

The holiday, however, was over, according to Ludeke, and the Bulls, lying fifth on the overall log, needed to hit the ground running against the Cheetahs after losing their three previous matches.

“It was small margins and we were competitive till the end,” Ludeke said at the team announcement on Wednesday.

“It is more important how we kick-on from here, because that is in the past.

“We want to be more accurate and we need an all-round game going into the Cheetahs match.”

Ludeke made only one change to his run-on side to face the Cheetahs with newly capped Springbok Jacques Potgieter replacing CJ Stander at blindside flank.

With Potgieter and lock Juandré Kruger having made their debuts for the national side, the Bulls now have a full complement of Springboks in their starting forward pack.

Stander - who has announced his departure from the Bulls at the end of the season to pursue a lucrative contract with Irish club side Munster - replaces Arno Botha on the bench.

“He [Stander] still needs to play a big role in our campaign," Ludeke said.

"Obviously Jacques was the starting blind-sider. He is fit and ready to go and he also had his first Test last weekend.

"CJ will be used in a different capacity as an impact player.”

Fit-again Frik Kirsten is the other change, replacing Rayno Gerber on the bench.

The versatile prop has recovered from a broken hand, which he sustained on the Australian leg of their overseas tour.

An essential player in the Bulls set-up, Morné Steyn, struggled with his place-kicking for the Springboks in the recent England series.

Ludeke, however, said they would continue to back the Bulls pivot and believed Steyn would find his form on Saturday.

“Morne is very comfortable with himself and he knows what is going on there and keen to rectify that,” said the Bulls mentor.

“We are positive and we believe in him. It is times like these that you need to back players and show faith.

“We know what he can do and we are confident that he will be back on his game this weekend.”



15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Francois Venter


15. Willie le Roux, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Riaan Smit, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Pieter Labuschagne, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Izak van der Merwe, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. WP Nel, 18. George Earl, 19. Justin Downey 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Nico Scheepers


  • RetiefC - 2012-06-27 18:38

    Vat hulle Bulle!

      Bossie - 2012-06-27 22:04

      Met Spies en prins Valliant en dan nog sonder n recognised goalkicker- lol - not likely!!

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-06-28 08:18

      Yes because they managed to not lose for 3 they didnt play...

  • ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-06-27 18:49

    Good luck Bulls, very strong team, sure Morne will improve, you guys need to show the sharks who's boss next week,

      Tom - 2012-06-27 20:47

      daspoort zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Bossie - 2012-06-27 21:51

      @daspoort- correction- the bulls lost at Loftus against the Stormers "B" team

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 06:03

      B-team, C-team, he's still right about the 16 cupless years.

  • Ken - 2012-06-27 18:59

    The Cheetahs might just make it four in a row!

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 06:03

      Go Kings!!!

  • shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-27 19:03

    Does'nt Frans look like a PINK PANTHER in that jersey. Victor would have said you look AWESOME Lol

      Tom - 2012-06-28 09:48

      he would have said, YOU LOOK STUNNING!

  • Deon - 2012-06-27 19:05

    Saterdag start Moftus weer al sy tappits op en word die arme vroue weer geslaan as hulle verloor en Morne weer blameer vir al die mis skoppe pale toe! Bwahahahahaha

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-27 19:31

      Punctuation marks, please.

      harrolld.lloyd - 2012-06-27 20:20

      ook maar lekker common... talking about it he? Ek neem aan jy is daar van district 6... Geniet brood en Spirits...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-27 20:38

      Please note the original Harold's fb adress (520). Also note the useless copycat can't even spell 'Harold'.

      harrolld.lloyd - 2012-06-27 20:42

      Intentionally, that is the name. Thanks for removing your previous comment much appreciated...

      rita.dutoit1 - 2012-06-28 07:35

      Deon dis net tappits wat sulke kommentaar lewer! Waar het jy jou opvoeding gekry! O wag seker by Percy (vroue slaner) en Bekker (vroue verneuker). As jy nie van die Bulle hou nie hoekom lees jy die berigte?

      acdcdclm - 2012-06-28 08:04

      Vertel hom Rita!!!!!

      Deon - 2012-06-28 09:16

      Ongelukkig wat ek met my eie oë gesien gebeur het toe ons julle op julle eie veld gewen (ek was in Pretoria) het voor die toetse! Jammer vir jou hoor!

      rita.dutoit1 - 2012-06-28 09:35

      nou weet jy Deon ek was op Loftus toe ons teen julle gespeel het ek moes aanhoudend vir die Stromer ondersteuners agter ons vra om asb nie te vloek of te rook nie, hulle klomp was so gesuip dat die een sy balns verloor het en my dogter in haar rug geskop het, so ja ek het ook eerstehandse ondervinding van ;n klomp dronkgat stormers maar skeer nie almal onder dieselfde kam nie, want ek het vriende wat stormer ondersteuners is en wat opgevoed is maar dis omdat hulle al vir jare in Pretoria bly. Net soos ons nie al PE mense wat die springbokke geboo het Saterdag nie kan blameer vir swak gedrag nie, so kan jy nie al die Bul ondersteuners vroueslaners noem nie. MOENIE VERALGEMEEN NIE! Maar soos hulle se as jy agter die deur staan soek jy ander ook daar!!!!!!

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 09:53

      Rita, those Stormers supporters at Newlands are all a bunch of hooligans. English soccer supporters look like Sunday school teachers compared to that bunch. They also have way more teeth.

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-06-28 10:00

      Jy het beslis goeie vriende wat al jare lank in Pretoria bly en vir die Stormers ondersteun! Klou vas aan hulle Rita, sulke goeie vriende is skaars! En dan het hulle klas ook!

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-27 20:13

    It would be nice if all SA supporters could see the importance of the Bulls, Stormers and Sharks making the playoff stages of this year's competition! It is sad that a Lion's fan has to tell everybody to play nice!!! (I'll have egg on my face if my team stuffs up and beats another SA side :-))

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-27 20:28

      Agreed Sean - I would have loved to have 3 SA sides in the play-offs. However, I have to say i think it is unlikely. The Sharks loss to the lions have left them with a mountain to climb, and the game between the Bulls and the Sharks will in all likelyhood determine the second placed side in SA. Having said that, there are a few intriguing derbies in the NZ conference left. My prediction is that the Stormers and the Sharks will represent SA, the Chiefs and Crusaders NZ, and the Reds and the Brumbies the Aussies. Howver, if we get a few results going our way, we could still end up with 3 sides in the playoffs...

      Bossie - 2012-06-27 22:14

      @Sean- It would be nice, but I'd rather have the bulls NOT QUALIFY again(as last year).IAlthough im patriotic and a big Bok supporter, I still fancy good rugga and I think its only fair since the bulls outfit is totally overated.

  • Frank - 2012-06-27 20:19

    Nice photo. Looks like a sandwich boy at a gay club.

      harrolld.lloyd - 2012-06-27 20:46

      in other words like your Dad???

      Frank - 2012-06-27 20:52

      No. My dad never played for the Bulls.

      harrolld.lloyd - 2012-06-27 20:56

      jis but your are.... I was talking about the sandwich boy... get tit or should draw it for you???

      harrolld.lloyd - 2012-06-27 20:59

      *get it*

      bootman.bokke - 2012-06-27 22:13

      Harrolld can you draw a tit for me please.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 06:21

      Please note the fake me.

      roy.dewet - 2012-06-28 15:37

      @ Bootman whahahahaha Classic @ Harold you Retard ...................../´¯/) ....................,/¯../ .................../..../ ............./´¯/'...'/´¯¯`•¸ ........../'/.../..../......./¨¯\ ........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...') .........\.................'...../ ..........''...\.......... _.•´ ............\..............( ..............\.............\...

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-06-28 15:59

      Harold/Harrolld... I have seen some lame things in my life, but creating two fake profiles and then commenting on your own posts seems just sad. /and then to be so original that you use the same name with different spellings... You really need a life dude.

  • reinhardt.hoffmann.1 - 2012-06-28 09:49

    Been browsing through a few of this forums ..Isn’t it a bit downgrading to keep on referring to your team as “team B” or even “team C”? Reason for asking is, say the Stormers DID loose to the Bulls, the comments would have reflected as “Ag ya, but it was our B team”, or even worse “Ag ya, but it was our C team” .. just a thought. If a player gets chosen for a team, he is clearly been seen as an “A player”, right? Anyway, that’s how I see the Bulls! Bring on Saturday, go Bulle!

  • roy.dewet - 2012-06-28 15:33

    Yes the break helped them to get over their loss to the Stormers!!!!!! Whahahahahaha!!!!

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