Bulls: Rebels remain a threat

2012-05-01 09:16

Cape Town - The Bulls are happy they won't be facing flyhalf Danny Cipriani when they take on the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday, but believe the Rebels will still pose a big enough threat.

The England flyhalf on Monday parted ways with the Melbourne-based team, four months before his contract was due to end.

The 24-year-old, who has played seven Tests, has been under pressure to hold down the flyhalf spot for the Rebels since the arrival of Wallaby James O'Connor from the Force.

O'Connor is out with a long-term injury after suffering liver damage in their last match against the Waratahs. Both he and Cipriani are players with that sought after X-factor, and Bulls backline coach Pieter Rossouw admitted they are relieved to take the Rebels on without the duo's presence.

"He (Cipriani) was definitely a big play-maker and with O'Connor also not there we have to use the disruption to our advantage," Rossouw told Beeld.

However, Wallaby star Kurtley Beale is still there and expected to start at flyhalf.

Rossouw is also wary of the threat skipper and centre Stirling Mortlock could pose. The 34-year-old hasn't played this Super Rugby season due to ongoing calf problems but was able to get through an intensive running session and is set to lead his team again.

"He ran really well and he'll take part this week, all things being equal," Rebels coach Damien Hill said.

Mortlock is set to replace O'Connor at inside centre, while Mitch Inman will play outside centre after his recovery from a broken hand.

"I'm not sure whether he will be starting or off the bench but he's ticked every box he needs to tick," Hill said.

Rossouw said he expects Mortlock to start. "He is a veteran and even though he is a bit old he's still an exceptional player and will ask some questions."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke also warned against the threat the Rebels could pose, especially after some lapses on defence in their last game against the Brumbies. "The Rebels are a team that can score some spectacular tries, so we'll have to remain focussed for 80 minutes - especially since they don't stop playing," said Ludeke.

The clash at AAMI Park kicks off at 11:40 (SA time) on Friday.


  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-05-01 09:22

    Dont tell it to the media, tell it to the players. We lost against bottom placed Blues and an overrated Stormers team.

      Saffa - 2012-05-01 09:59

      AND WE QUOTE "We lost against bottom placed Blues" the overated STORMERS with all our injuries still to take 4 Points @ Loftus

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-01 09:59

      n Belaglik overrated Stormers span. Bul groete.

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-01 12:07

      You must remember the rebels won the blues whom the bulls lost against, rebels not going to be a walk over, they at home and the brumbies showed how easily the bulls can be brought to thr knees, in fact the bulls have not been all that impressive since playing the stormers.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 12:52

      TwakSakkie... Dis maklik. Bulle met 40 punte en bonuspunt. Easy pickings. 5 Logpunte in die sakkie! Bulle jou LEKKA DENG!!!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 13:06

      Janine... Wat maak jy alweer hier? Het jou boetie die kys gebreek?

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-01 14:14

      Ai Sakkie. Bul groete.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-01 15:19

      We all know and agree that the Bulls wil win their 4th cup this year, 4 more than the overrated Stormers

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-01 15:22

      @ray You must have the IQ of a brain-injured cockroach. So then because the poor Stormers lost to the Crusaders and the mighty Bulls beat the Crusaders the Bulls are better than the Stormers. Thanks and go breeding

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-01 15:22

      @Jan Moet net nie loop selfmoord pleeg nie

  • Koos - 2012-05-01 09:38

    Will go and watch. Damn expensive.

  • Pomene - 2012-05-01 09:45

    I am in agreement however this is the weakest of the 4 teams you are playing - nail them and get it over and done with - Like the wise Ekfeuko says - there is an overrated Stormers team waiting 2 June 2012 !!

      Saffa - 2012-05-01 09:58

      We can't wait but 1st you will loose 3 matches on tour

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 10:21

      Pomene Stormpie... By 2 June you would be like 6th or 8th on the log my friend. 12 May - Cheetahs are going to murder you. 19 May the Waratahs are going to beat you by 6. 26 May the Sharks will make a huge joke out of you. ... and finally 2 June... The nail in the coffin!!! 4 losses in a row.... Cupless again!!!

      Pierre - 2012-05-01 10:27

      Saffa, know its the PMS talking, so will take your comment with a pinch of salt. Remember, with all your injuries, and the fact that you were awarded a penalty that could have gone either way in the last minute against the Bulls, those cramps you get in your backside when thinking of the Loftus derby coming up is not confidence:) Oh, nice win on saturday, business end of the competion coming up now.

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-01 10:31

      wow tokolos THE FALSE PROPHET

      Saffa - 2012-05-01 10:33

      @Tokolos Jy is reg maar na julle toer oorsee is jule nog onder ons LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

      Saffa - 2012-05-01 10:34

      @Pierre Jy is ook reg nou gaan almal sien julle hoort nie hoog op die log nie maar eerder saam met Cheetahs in die onderste deel BYE BYE BULLS

      Pomene - 2012-05-01 11:27

      @Tokoldosie - Jy moet meer worrie oor die feit dat jou Bulls spannetjie slegs die eerste van hulle 4 games oorsee gaan wen ou bul. Julle sal die Rebels eet maar daarna is dit afdraende al die pad - maak jouself gereed om na julle toer nogsteeds maar heelwat verder onder die Stormers te le en o-ja hou maar n ogie op die Sharks en Cheetahs dat hulle julle nie verbysteek nie - Go Stormers Go !!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 12:28

      Nee wat ou Pomene... Jy droom droompies! Bulle het BMT ou perd! Waratahs en Highlanders behoort net soos die Rebels 'n walk in the park te wees. Die Chiefs sien ek as 'n moeilike een maar die Bulls sal soos gewoonlik wen as dit saak maak en nie choke soos sekere spanne as dit by die crucial games kom nie. Bul Groete vanaf Da Kingdom of Da Bull!!!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 13:07

      Janine... Lees bo!

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-01 15:27

      @Jan Tokolos, moenie vir Jan te veel terg nie, daai man het al 2 keer try selfmoord pleeg. Onstabiele mannetjie, en so dom soos 'n boks hare

      Paul - 2012-05-01 20:11

      well as a stormers supporter we are not like the bulls who only support there precious bulls. us stormers support two teams . . .1 the stormers and 2 any team playing the bulls. besides should the bulls lose this game their away tour will be a nightmare as this is by fapppppp the easy one that's a no brainer even you bulls supporter should have figured that by now . . . . or maybe not who knows

  • Niel - 2012-05-01 10:02

    Duidelik het die sports writers niks om oor te skryf nie. Skrikkerig vir die rebels? Asb tog. As die bulls enigsins gepla is deur die rebels is daar fout met hulle. Net een van daai stories waar hulle die opponent groot praat sodat hulle meer kan brag na die tyd.

  • Tokolos - 2012-05-01 10:13

    Bulls by at least 40 points! 5 Points in the bag on the log!!! GO BULLS!!!

      Saffa - 2012-05-01 10:35

      Miskien sal julle rebels wen maar tata bonuspunt

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-01 15:29

      @Tokolos And to the top of the SA conference we rocket!!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 15:52

      There will be no stopping the BULLS! We simply have no equal in this competition!

  • Johan - 2012-05-01 10:14

    @Blouvitrioel - Soos reg gese - geen Cups vir 11 jaar nie, pasop net as ons hom hierdie jaar vat dan maak ons soos die Curriebeker en wen hom 5 jaar agtermekaar!!!!!! Regtig jou verwysings na die verlede is eentonig!!! Skrik bietjie wakker, ons leef in die hede!!! Stormer Groete

      Niel - 2012-05-01 10:18

      Die feit dat julle nie bekers wen nie is nie in die verlede nie, want op hierdie oomblik wat ek die boodskap tik het julle ook nie n beker nie

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 10:27

      Johannatjie... By 2 June you would be like 6th or 8th on the log my friend. 12 May - Cheetahs are going to murder you. 19 May the Waratahs are going to beat you by 6. 26 May the Sharks will make a huge joke out of you. ... and finally 2 June... The nail in the coffin!!! 4 losses in a row.... Cupless again!!!

      Johan - 2012-05-01 12:03

      Ou Tokolossie - Dankie jy gaan nog maak dat Superbru wen! Wil jy nie dalk vir my punteverskille vir al 4 die games gee nie - dan maak ek dit almal Stomers wenne en dan eindig ek heel bo!!! Stormers Groete

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 12:36

      Dis juis.... Julle Stommerikke wen elke jaar die beker met Superbru en nie op die veld nie. Dis hoekom julle trofeekas in so 'n toestand is. Ek is bevrees hy is WEER leeg hierdie jaar!!!

      Bergelmir - 2012-05-01 13:40

      @tokolos ons trofeekas lyk eintlik heel goed: 32 currie cups julle het 23...

      Peter - 2012-05-01 14:21

      bergelmir gaan kyk jou statitieke vanaf die bulle saam begin currie cup speel het ons meer gewen as wp. Die eerste paar jaar het ons nie gespeel nie. Vanaf ons saam speel loop ons voor 23 en jule 17. Gaan kyk na die geskiedenis boet dan kom jy wee terug.

      Bergelmir - 2012-05-01 14:35

      dit maak nog steeds nie tokolos se stelling waar nie...

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-01 10:31

    Well Frans, if our boys take their foot off the gas again when they think they have won (as per their last two games), then the Rebels will be a big threat!

  • Jack - 2012-05-01 10:41

    the Bulls should win this - just hoping they don't score 4 tries...

      Pomene - 2012-05-01 11:30

      Nope as a Stormesr supporter I hope they do get the bonus point - would not like to play them on 2 June 2012 if they are down on log points because that will then be used as an excuse again - the ref, the assistant ref, the forward pass, the near win against the Brumbies which should not have been and and and and and ..............................!! Go Bulls win, we would like to nail you 2 June 2012 when you are still on top !!!

      Pomene - 2012-05-01 11:54

      @Raven - Only time will tell and may the best team win - all I have to say !!!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 12:34

      2 June.... RUGBY LESSON for the Stormpies at Loftus. First get by the Cheetahs, Waratahs and Sharks. Then talk again Stormpies!!! By the time they come to Loftus they will be emotional wrecks and will be wondering AGAIN (same as every season) what happened after 3 strait losses. Easy game for the Bulls upon their return!

      Jed - 2012-05-02 06:44

      Bulls wont win a game down under. The most over-rated side in Super rugby.

  • Stephen - 2012-05-01 16:37

    Come now people lets get serious for a change and lets just all agree that Bulls supporters are basically retarded. Nothing scares them more if one waves a book in front of them - Kryptonite you might say.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 17:03

      Stephen... Tokolos would like to Kryptonite your sister thank you very much!!! Do you have matric? You watch too many movies old chap. At least only a book scare us Bulls. You Stormpies get nightmares when you see a rugby ball and a try line!!!

      Stephen - 2012-05-01 17:23

      Do you wear blue jean pants wiff a belt

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-01 17:32

      @Stephen How many front teeth left?

      Jed - 2012-05-02 06:50

      Tokolos Stormers 2nd Bulls 4th soon to be 8th after 4 straight losses down-under. Julle is KUK. We BEAT you deal with it.

      Jed - 2012-05-02 06:51

      @Stormkaap Are you married to your sister? Pretoria the inbred capital of the world.

  • wouter.vanheerden2 - 2012-05-03 09:26

    Die Bulls & Stormers is die voorlopers in die Suid-Afrikaanse konferensie en om eerlik tewees die Bulls & Stormers het nie goeie rugby gespeel nie. Die Bulls het amper teen die Brumbies verloor en die Stormers het gedink dit gaan 'n walk over wees teen die Force. Bryan Habana het 'n drie gedruk wat nie eers moes toegeken gewees het nie omrede hy die bal vorentoe verloor het voor die doellyn as gevolg van oorhaastigheid en tevroeg geduik het. Die Rebels gaan ook nie 'n maklike wedstryd wees nie. Maar ek glo dat die Bulls die game sal deur trek vir 'n wen. Daar moet nog baie rygby gespeel word vvordat daar gese kan word wie die jaar die kampion gaan wees. Die Crusaders speel baie goeie rugby en alle oe moet op hulle gehou word hulle kan dalk nog in die finals wees as hulle, hulle laaste wedstryde almal wen. Die stormers fans moet nie tevroeg die sjampanje oopmaak nie. En die Bulls moet beter verdedig op hulle toer oorsee al wen hulle elke bedstryd met 1 punt sal ek tevrede wees. Winning is winning doesnt matter if you win by an inch or a mile

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