Bulls change two for Rebels

2012-05-02 10:34

Cape Town - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has included Flip van der Merwe, returning from injury, in the starting line-up for Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Rebels in Melbourne.

Van der Merwe, who missed their last two matches with a groin injury, replaces Wilhelm Steenkamp at lock.

Steenkamp moves to the bench where he replaces England-bound Gerrit-Jan van Velze.

In another swop, fit-again Dean Greyling moves back into the number one jersey, with Dawie Steyn, who debuted against the Brumbies in their last match two weeks ago, missing out altogether.

On the bench, Willie Wepener is also back in the fray after recovering from a facial nerve infection, replacing Bongo Mbonambi.

Deon Stegmann was close to selection, but Ludeke felt the specialist fetcher needed some time on the training paddock first to get into the team patterns again.

"We need to start well and everyone is aware of that," Ludeke said.

"The Rebels are one of those teams who refuse to go away and we will need to play for 80 minutes to beat them.

"We have travelled well and in good spirits, so we are keen to play."

Bulls captain Pierre Spies said they were eager to get their Australasian tour off to a positive start.

"This is a new venue for us and the importance of getting the tour under way with a positive performance makes everyone very keen to get out there," Spies said.

"The Rebels challenge you with good scrambling defence and have playmakers all round, so we need to focus on our strengths for this one."



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

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Johann Sadie


  • Lionel - 2012-05-02 10:36

    Good luck should take this one but the rest of the tour....shooo I don't know hey!!!!!!!!

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-02 10:46

      or they might stumble from the start, kurtley likes to shine against the bulls, they should win but not going to be easy.

      Lionel - 2012-05-02 10:47

      Maybe if O Connor was playing then things would have been different but they should take this one!!

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-02 11:10

      lionel- ja nee ou lionel, ons Bulle speel op di oomblik nog hier tussen eerste en tweede rat, maaar ek dink ons gaan nogsteeds "weepee roer eier" maak van di' horibale- kom ons noem dit "rebel without a sauce"??

      Lionel - 2012-05-02 11:13

      Jap,ja ou Jap,ek stem julle gaan die Rebels roer,maar die res van die toer,eks nie so seker nie!!! Daai ratkas kort olie voor dat dit kan na derde toe kan gaan,die toer sal alles kan se of daar genoeg olie is of nie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stormers Groete

  • Jonathan - 2012-05-02 11:04

    Bulls should be on top of the log this weekend. Stormers

      Saffa - 2012-05-02 11:43

      Quite possible and probable..........but tell us what the log will look like once the Bulls have played the Chiefs, Tahs and Landers?

      tinus.olivier.5 - 2012-05-02 11:50

      That's what you bulls-hit for brains said last weekend and the weekend before that and the weekend before that. We still waiting!!!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-02 12:02

      Ja Tinus, en julle Stormers supporters sĂȘ mos elke jaar julle gaan die cup wen, hierdie jaar, en laas jaar, en die jaar voor dit en en en en en en..........................Bul groete.

      Saffa - 2012-05-02 12:30

      @Blouballas: How about Paul Roos and Paarl Gim manshaming Waterkloof and Affies? Comments? Hehehehehehehehehe.

      Saffa - 2012-05-02 13:04

      Nope @Raven - just trying to show you where the real rugby power lies.......before players are bought etc. Use it, don't use it :)

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-02 14:09

      @saffa, Julle stormpies gryp ook maar na enige strooihalm die laaste 10 jaar !

  • Jonathan - 2012-05-02 11:48

    Saffa completely different story after those games.They will be on top of the log ONLY because of our bye weekend and they should get a five point win.

  • Andre - 2012-05-02 12:11

    if the Bulls can win 3 out of 4 overseas games,they will take the title overall this year-Bulls,take note,please.

      Saffa - 2012-05-02 12:24

      Siener Andre van Rensburg.........I bow down to your awesomeness....not!

  • Riaan - 2012-05-02 12:48

    Rebels by 25+!!! Too many holes showed in the pink cows's defense last game.

      Saffa - 2012-05-02 13:04

      @Bluey, I hope someone sends Spies, Bjorn and Morne that memo.......

      Riaan - 2012-05-03 08:28

      Shown up? Ha Ha. The pink poefters gave a "how NOT to defend" masterclass. If it wasnt for some charity from the ref... Mmmm, I wonder what the excuses will be come Monday? At least that's something the pink milk cow supporters are good at.

      Bruce - 2012-05-03 12:23

      I am also detecting crap. Crapdetectors comments...

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-03 12:39

      The clever crapdetector detects all the crap, but he can't detect the biggest TURD an that is himself. Ha ha ha .....

  • Andre - 2012-05-02 13:41

    Ja,ek is andre siener van rensburg,Saffa. kom ons kyk watter Suid afrikaanse span kom bo uit en dan praat ons weer na die einde van die super 15(spesiaal die WP/Bulle game).

  • Stormkaap - 2012-05-02 14:54

    Will be a walk in the park for the 3 time champions, hands down SA's most successful franchise in history. The Mighty Bulls!!

  • wouter.vanheerden2 - 2012-05-03 09:39

    Die naweek se game teen die rebels gaan beslis nie maklik wees nie en ek dink die Bulle weet dit altegoed. James O Connor & Danny Cipriani is uit vir die wedstryd so dit sal in die guns van die bulle tel, maar 2 vere maak nie die swaeltjie nie. Dies res van die toer gaan ook net so moeilik wees games teen die waratahs, Highlanders & Chiefs gaan glad nie maklik wees nie. Ons sal moet wag en sien wat gebeur. Wat in die guns van die bulle tel is dat hulle sover nog nie geraak is deur ernstige beserings nie. Bulls maak ons fans trots ek weet julle sal goed doen oorse al wen julle al die wegwedstryde net met 1 punt

  • Bruce - 2012-05-03 12:22

    Groot bek stormers julle het seker een van die maklikste toere gehad die jaar. Afgesien van die Crusaders was dit meer soos n vakansie. En toe het julle teen die Saders verloor wat genoeg bewys is. Praat van n harde toer dan kyk jy na die Bulle s'n. Afgesien van die Rubbish Rebels, is die Chiefs by die huis n GROOT taak vir onse Bulle en nie om snaaks tewees nie maar ek dink nie die ouens gaan die mas opkom hier nie. Die Chiefs is aan die brand die jaar spesiaal by die huis. Tweedens is die Highlanders nou maar eens n bewys van n span wat weet hoe om terug tekom van agter af. Kyk maar na die game teen die cheaters. En dan die Waratahs...die is maar n 50/50 ding ons kan wen of verloor dit hang maar net van die manne af of hulle lus is vir speel of nie op die dag.

      Vincent - 2012-05-03 13:18

      I agree Bruce. whilst we may congratulate the Stormers on their successful tour down under, the Bulls most certainly have a much tougher tour ahead. I noted a Bull supporter predicting that the Stormers will not turn up on the day when it matters, and I believe that is the problem with the Stormers, as I often tell my Stormers friends. The Stormers are having skill in abundance, but they have a mental problem in my view, which they have proven year after year, it is always "almost, amper, almost, amper", they lack big match temperament, the are very nervous before a clash with the Bulls, with the latter having a psychological advantage over them. Just wait for 02/06 to see what I am talking about, they would most definitely be outclassed by the Bulls, although they are currently the SA frontrunners/log leaders. Not too long ago they had the best opportunity in Soweto the beat the Bulls in a final, but we all know what happened that day, they lost/failed/choked again. As a SA supporter I strongly doubt that the Stormers will make us proud if and when they are the only SA team in the play-off's, whilst the Bulls have been there and have won it twice already. I will rather bet on the Bulls to deliver the goods in play-off's, not because I am a Bull supporter, but because the moment will be too big for the Stormers. I would rather be more hopeful that the trophy will be won by a SA team if the Sharks and/or Cheetahs are in the play-off's.

  • JoffeyCampino - 2012-05-03 14:59

    I will take a leaf out of Manchester United's saying and I think it fits the Bulls perfectly. "Hated or adored, never ignored"

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