Bulls change two for Lions

2012-04-11 12:40

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made two changes to his run-on team to face the Lions in a Vodacom Super Rugby match at Coca Cola Park on Saturday.

JJ Engelbrecht replaces Johann Sadie at outside centre and Wilhelm Steenkamp comes in for Juandré Kruger at lock in the changes to the side that won against the Crusaders last weekend. Sadie and Kruger move to the bench.

It will be a first start for Engelbrecht, who has played all six matches of the season off the bench. Steenkamp last started for the Bulls on April 17, 2009 against the Brumbies, but has started matches for the Sharks and Cheetahs in Super Rugby during stints in 2010 and 2011.

Ludeke attributed the changes to his squad system.

“You don’t win this competition with 15 players, but with a squad of around 25 to 30 players,” the coach said.

“This is a great opportunity for JJ and Wilhelm to start a match. The Lions attack puts a massive strain on defences and it is good to know we can start with two players that have fresh legs. Juandré and Johann still have a huge role to play when they will be called upon off the bench.”

Bulls captain Pierre Spies indicated an expected urgency from the Lions, playing in front of their home fans.

“It is a derby, so things will be pretty physical and tough. We will have to execute our basics very well in order to control the tempo of the match. Few teams run defences as ragged as the Lions,” Spies warned.





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 CJ Stander, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Juandre Kruger, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Johann Sadie


  • Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-11 12:46

    I like - JJ ahead of Sadie and Juandre coming on in 2nd half. I would have liked Arno to start (he is getting rusty on the bench), with Jacques taking a bit of a breather.... C'mon Bulls we want 5 points (no disrespect Lions)... But my team must start playing a full 80+ minutes - these last 10 minute stress sessions do me NO good.

      Saffa - 2012-04-11 13:09

      I hope the Bulls management are working on Sadie's confidence - it would be tragic if this kid becomes a 'never ran'. That said, likeI said last week, JJ (IMHO) is more valuable as a player than what Sadie is - and I still believe he was the bigger loss to the WPFRU (at 1/4 of the price). In fact - he was only purchased because he is Sadie's best mate I reckon. The Bulls are very good at that - they pay premium for the player they want (Hougaard/Sadie) buy the player's best mate at the same time (Dippenaar/Engelbrecht).

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-11 13:14

      @Saffa, I believe they must swop Olivier / Sadie. Let Sadie play inside centre & Oliver outside. Olivier played well on outside & I think Sadie shines again at inside centre. Just swop the damn two players around - Sadie WILL shine at inside, if not mistaken that was also the position he played at WP???!!!

      Hanjo - 2012-04-11 13:39

      he played outside at WP, Tim Whitehead played inside him in the Currie Cup, and that game he started for the Stormers, he played outside de Jongh...not saying he won't do well in the #12 jersey. but he was predominantly used as an outside centre in CT.

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-11 22:14

      @fake saffa- It’s not fare; you have too much inside info!! You are an alien-must be an alien??? This entire intimate! Rugby! Player! Knowledge! And even of Bull players?? Stuff that even the players don’t know of?

  • Lionel - 2012-04-11 12:49

    Go Lions!!!!!!!!!

      Lionel - 2012-04-11 12:58

      Go......... anybody in the Lions team hehehe

      Lionel - 2012-04-11 13:07

      Anywhere behind the Bulls tryline:):)

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-11 13:08

      @Raven, I think he wants the Lions behind the Bulls goal line!

      Lionel - 2012-04-11 13:16

      Raven,all I hope is that the Lions give you guys the same physical game that they gave us!!!!

      Lionel - 2012-04-11 13:24

      Nice try my friend:)

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-04-11 13:17

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-11 13:22

      @Firehawk07, can you blame them??? They hardly know one another... The list of injuries you carry, every week there are new players on the field. Just kidding!!! Injuries are your biggest downfall this season though... unfortunately you do not have an endless supply of good players like other provinces!! Vasbyt ne!!!

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-04-11 13:38

      @ Rene its not just that when you watch their games you can see that they don't really play with hunger and passion, its like when you wake up one morning not feeling like going to work but you have to because that is what generates money. That is just my feeling on this matter!

  • Nico - 2012-04-11 13:26

    GO LIONS!! Should be a good game again (if the Lions pitch as they did against the Crusaders 1st half)

      Lionel - 2012-04-11 13:41

      Or like when they pitched against the Stormers:):)

      Lionel - 2012-04-11 13:46

      Raven,you boys playing in pink Saturday????

      Lionel - 2012-04-11 13:53

      Slow down there Raven,I am a happily married man:):)Was thinking its an away game for the Bulls,so why not!!!!!!!

      Ken - 2012-04-11 14:05

      I agree with you. We just want a good game of rugby. Go Bulls

  • Arno - 2012-04-11 13:41

    Ok guys , so i reckon jj starting is a GREAT chance for him to show what he can do for 60-70min before sadie replaces him!And not only would give sadie a chance to look at what and how wynand plays the game!!!Since the bulls bought the 3 chaps at wp (lionel,sadie and jj) i reckon that the long term plan is to play all 3 of them in the starting 15! I trully believe that if sadie and jj could play together in the same match things would change for the better!!!And lionel at flyhalf after morne is done would be brilliant!!!What do you think saffa?Surely im not the only 1 that sees the bigger picture with the 3 new boys from wp?

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-11 13:55

      Arno, OK I'm not Saffa but my 2c worth... First of all, Lionel is out for the 2012 season... Secondly, I would like to see JJ in Akona's place (give Akona a rest) and then Sadie at in or outside centre. I also believe Sadie is putting too much pressure on himself to 'shine' - he must relax & do what he does best, the tries will come naturally.

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-11 22:41

      Nee nee nee @arno jy mis di groter prentjie. Di bulle is ni hier om nog 'n pantoffel flou stormer spannetjie op te rig ni- glad ni. In teendeel, die Bulle het geweldige groot harte en gee regtig om vir di sukkelende toestand van ons mense-selfs daar onder. Ek bedoel werkloosheid in di kaap, dwelms, drank misbruik, gangs, leegle' ens ens- dis baie hartseer!! En daarom di inisiatief om arme seuns in minder gegoede gedeeltes van ons land, soos di kaap, op te bring en 'n gesonde struktuur om hulle te bou en hul weer menswaardigheid te gee, bv. om vir di Bulle te speel. Aag dis 'n groot plesier om van di arme skepsels mense te maak en selfs manne-manne met karakter- regte BULLE!!!!! mooi Sadie&JJ& ander

  • Arno - 2012-04-11 17:03

    Rene i could not agree more,but as to my comments about Lional i did say that its probably a future plan. If jj were to play right wing and to have sadie and wynand next to him would do a world of diff.!!!Hope the bulls run over the lions!!!!Go BULLS!!!!

  • Pomene - 2012-04-12 07:26

    Ek het julle aan die begin van die seisoen gewaarsku - Sussie Sadie is n dut - useless koop gewees - JJ was n baie beter koop - net jammer hy kry nou eers kans - watch hom hy gaan ver kom !!!

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