Bulls: No time for sentiment

2011-06-15 19:55

Pretoria - It could turn out to be the last game Bulls legends Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw play at Loftus Versfeld, but they will not let the occasion distract them from achieving their goal of beating the Sharks in their Super Rugby match on Saturday.

"We've got a competition to win and we said at the start that we will sort those things out after the season," Matfield said on Wednesday after Bulls coach Frans Ludeke announced his team for the clash.

"We just want to do well and we are trying to get those emotions out of the way."

As expected, Botha will make his 100th appearance for the hosts on Saturday, having been selected to start ahead of Rossouw in the second row.

Du Preez also returns from a knee ligament injury, but will be starting from the bench.

"He (Du Preez) recovered very well and worked hard with the medical team and conditioners," Ludeke said.

"It has really been a big blessing for us having him back so quickly.

"He had a whole week with the team so it is great to have him back, although he will be playing in a different role from the bench. He is 100 percent fit."

As for Botha - best known for his role as the team's enforcer - the fact that he will lead the team out to battle on such an important occasion will not be as special if the result doesn't go their way.

"Like Victor said, I'm not looking into it too much," said Botha.

"It is a special day to share with guys like Victor and Fourie but my main focus is going into the role I must play in the team and the 100th cap is just a bonus.

"We won't be spending our time and energy on this milestone as we have a job to do and that is to win against the Sharks."

Last week the Sharks fought back from a 21-point deficit to record a 30-30 draw against the Lions in Johannesburg.

And while both Sharks captain John Smit and coach John Plumtree have expressed concern with the team's recent inconsistency, Ludeke insisted that whatever may happened in the past will have no bearing on Saturday's derby.

"We are expecting a Sharks team that will be on the spot this weekend and you can't expect anything else," he said.

"We will have to control what we can control. We also have a strategy and we will have to ensure that we implement that for 80 minutes."


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Akona Ndungane



  • Alan Milne - 2011-06-15 20:13

    go BULLS we are right behind you all the way and congratulations BAKKIES on your milestone may it be a memorable 1 with the only result being in our favour good luck guys go get them

      PureAwesomeness - 2011-06-15 20:21

      Memorable indeed, when Bakkies is sent off for diving into the ruck, like Bakkies Botha

      PureAwesomeness - 2011-06-15 20:53

      Ace, they tried to, but they were blinded by overexposure to my pure awesomeness. No jokes aside, Ace, that was a brilliant comment by you, well thought out. I am speechless. I think you change how I think about life now. You say such great things about rugby and the topic at hand and about people, wow, you must have a great self esteem and lots of friends on facebook and the cyberworld where you spend most of your waking hours. Truly inspiring!!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 21:18

      Sorry about that stupid post PureAwesomeness. Sometimes I act like a moron.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-15 22:30

      @Pure - and your comment about Bakkies is what you classify as pure awsomeness? Well, lets all stop watching Naas on TV, this guy knows his rugby!!

      Frik - 2011-06-15 22:32

      @Pure do you actually have a life?

      jan du preeaz - 2011-06-15 22:33

      ag fokof net ou purewhateva, gaan kyk liewer jou gunsteling program "glam guru"

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 08:03

      News24, it's really time you guys do something about the nagskof king who duplicates our profiles.

      PureAwesomeness - 2011-06-16 09:50

      @ Frik, look at this forums, you guys commenting from the morning to the night are the guys who have f*$G^# lives. @ Jan du Pree - have no idea what glam guru is, but judging by the name it would be some program hosted by Wynand Olivier

  • Brannas - 2011-06-15 20:26

    Maak Bakkies se 100ste een om te onthou, Bulls by 15

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 21:16

      Hoe gaan ou Bakkies voel na hy in sy 100ste wedstryd, voor n volgepakte Moftus op sy moer kry?

      Brannas - 2011-06-15 21:58

      Ace, dit sal nooit gebeur nie. die arme sharks weet nie wat op hulle wag nie. bulle met 15.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 08:04

      Ek wens nou regtig die ou wat almal se profiles fake wil vrek en klaarkry.

  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 20:27

    "We've got a competition to win and we said at the start that we will sort those things out after the season," Nothing else is acceptable.

  • Brannas - 2011-06-15 22:00

    SAFFA must have sat down right now, I see it got dark outside all of a sudden.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 05:25

      It doesn't matter which team we support, I think we should all salute these heroes of SA rugby. This Bulls team, coming from 2002 is probably the best rugby team that ever walked this planet. They will end tis year Super rugby champions once again

  • GraemeBB - 2011-06-15 23:52

    Yes, it is a sad day for the Bulls. These men have served the Bulls and SA rugby well. Hats off to you boys. I, for one, will be sad to see the end of these legends! But, one thing is for sure - you need to leave with a bang. Defeating a Sharks team that can be very dangerous. Go Bulls - show us your pure awsomeness one more time!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 00:14

      Hi All, Before i say good bye to all you idiotic mud otters, jusdt my team for the world cup, what do you guys think: Francois Steyn, Basson, WO, Jacque, Ghost, Steyn, du Preez, Guthro, Chilliboy, Greyling, Bakkies, Victor, Alberts, Danie, Yster Spies. Any intelligent comments appreciated

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 08:12

      Yeah right @fake saffa - Spies would really be in my Bok team? As a tackle bag yes, as a player no.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-16 15:47

      @SAFFA Jy raak nou erg vervelig met jou anti-Spies comments. Is jy in staat om enige ander rugby opmerkings te maak, seriously, jy het dit nou 'n 1000 keer genoem.

  • gnus wakker - 2011-06-16 00:43

    Ek like dit as Victor sy vinger so PW Botha style swaai soos op die foto. Dan weet jy die Stormers het weer bitter hard gekak

      Frederik - 2011-06-17 14:19

      Goeie een!

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-16 09:28

    The Perfect Loftus send off ,Bulls with bonus point and by 21

      Tiger - 2011-06-16 10:06

      Wat is 'n "bloody agent"? Hoekom is jou naam nie net gebruikte tampon nie? Dan sal almal weet waarvan jy praat...

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 17:45

      @Tiger - classy mate! No even remotely funny. Poor comment!

      Schaun - 2011-06-16 22:35

      well tiger lol kan net sowel gebruikte een wees, altwee verwys na een persoon

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 22:59

      @Shaun - you find this funny? Just checked you pic, so I can see why. Go back to your caravan park!

  • Tiger - 2011-06-16 10:00

    Moet is ek 'n baie groot Stormer supporter sal ek nogal bietjie hartseer wees as die Stormers die Super 15 moet wen hierdie jaar. Hoekom? Want dan gaan julle blou koei supporters niks meer he om te se op hierdie site nie!!! Solank as wat my Stormers nie die beker wen nie het julle kans om voort te droom in julle beperkte internet vriendekring...shame...gaan maar so as honde en katte jou enigste geselskap is in die ware lewe...BID VIR JULLE MAAR BELOWE ABSOLUUT NIKS NIE!!!!!!!!! Nag ou grote...

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 17:43

      @Tiger - down boy! Dont worry about the Bulls - worry about the Stormers' BMT.

  • Brad McAlpine - 2011-06-17 04:43

    WPBEFONK bulls best ever rugby team!!! if you look at super rugby it saddens me to say the CRUSADERS are the best.look at the history of super rugby and not so much at you 28 nil against there B team this year.Take off the eye patch and good luck to all the great SA bulls players that are leaving.

  • Tools1 - 2011-06-17 08:17

    The Bulls need to put 50 points on the board against the Sharks, the Freestate boitjies need to down the overrated Chockers, And the conference winners cup will come home where it trully belongs.Check die space bra............

  • Viv - 2011-06-17 08:18

    Go Sharks - show the pace and the power and stick it to the Bulls. Oh and Go Brumbies!! Do the SA a teams a favour and kick the Waratahs asses this weekend please!!

  • Frederik - 2011-06-17 14:23

    Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha en Danie Rossouw is legends in die land se rugby, hulle sal erg gemis word veral by Loftus

  • Hunter 008 - 2011-06-20 08:17

    What happened on Saturday Bulls ????

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