Bulls 'desperate' in Durban

2012-07-03 19:54

Pretoria - A year ago they felt the pain of losing, but this year the Vodacom Bulls are “desperate” to avoid the same fate of missing out on the playoff stages of Vodacom Super Rugby.

According to the SuperSport website, This is why they are determined not to let the Sharks stand in the way of their goal when the two teams meet in a crucial match at Kings Park on Friday night.

Coach Frans Ludeke admitted as much as he named the same side that beat the Cheetahs 40-24 at Loftus Versfeld this past weekend, acknowledging the way the Bulls started after a three-week break was what they were hoping to repeat in Durban this Friday.

The Bulls need to record a victory to keep their slim hopes of topping the South African conference alive. More than that though, they need to win to ensure they qualify for the playoffs and hopefully finish as high up the log as they possibly can.

Ditto for the Sharks, who are in a more precarious position and need the victory to try and qualify for the playoffs. Both sides simply cannot afford to lose this one and, same as last year where there was a similar winner-takes-all battle, neither side can afford to fail.

This is why it is unlikely that wholesale changes will be made during the Durban encounter as the Bulls did when 40-0 up against the Cheetahs. Their bench failed to make an impact and conceded four tries in 20 minutes without reply, something that is still a concern as the team struggles to finish off matches.

Still, coach Ludeke is keen to keep the foot on the accelerator pedal and wants the momentum from the Cheetahs victory to be repeated in Durban.

“It’s an exciting part of the tournament now and there is a lot at stake. We had a great start against the Cheetahs and we’re hoping to build on that in Durban. We’re just hoping to focus on our plan and our process and get a good result on the weekend,” Ludeke said at the team announcement.

“We’re also desperate. Everybody needs to win. That’s what makes it such a special game on Friday. Both teams need to be successful and playing against the Sharks, its always physical. It is about the basics - small things will make a difference on Friday night.”

There was much talk about being clinical on Friday night, where both teams will set themselves up for a battle royale against the other. Fierce and physical it will be, but both teams will need to build an innings in a game that is likely to be as close as it is brutal.

The Bulls therefore decided to not play Deon Stegmann in the match 22 this week, leaving CJ Stander the role as bench impact player while the two Potgieters – hard-running Jacques and the hard-working Dewald - will need to tame the Sharks loose trio.

Dewald Potgieter made an astounding 28 tackles according to the team stats this week, while his namesake enjoyed a good 75 metres gained as a ball carrier. Both will need to repeat their stats if they are to be on the winning side this coming weekend.

The match will also be special because both Chiliboy Ralepelle and Wilhelm Steenkamp are likely to notch up half century appearances in Super Rugby.




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 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandre 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 Fouche, 22 Francois Venter


  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 20:02

    Gonna be a cracker.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 20:39

      Vissie wanneer ons wen soek n FB prentjie van jou met PAPSAK in die Hand ok...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 20:50

      Quite a few people who don't think it's gonna be a cracker.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-04 07:49

      @harold,some nervous stormers, I think.

  • Heino De Jongh - 2012-07-03 20:05

    Sharks will probably be up for it!!! Going to be a great game...Go Bulls!!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-03 20:08

    marcel coetzee is one of their valid reasons to be desperate.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-07-03 21:42

      The Sharks have some fantastic loosies. Especially young Marcell Coetzee. Going to be a fantastic matchup between Potties and Marcell. One of the highlights of the game for me. I am worried for the Bulls this weekend. Hopefully our subs don't cost us as badly as they did against the Cheetas.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-04 08:38

      Maarten, the Sharks just need to pitch for the game. They were robbed off being the 1st SA S14 Champs, by Steve Walsh. We had some payback at Loftus when we closed the Blue door. Time now to set the record straight. Black.White.Dynamite

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-04 08:45

      Hans, let me tell you why you didn't win the 2007 Super 14. After Albert van den Berg scored his try, your arrogant coach subbed your captain, the arrogant coach subbed your very exoerienced flahalf (James) and some idiot decided to let a 20 year old youngster (Steyn) take the conversion, while you still had Montgomery on the field. The 20 year old laaitie missed the kick and later on failed to find touch in a move that lead to the Bulls try. The rest as they say is history. Just shout if there's anything else I can help you with.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-04 08:56

      Quite correct old Harlod. Steyn tried to kick the ball to Ballito. But you EMC2 are missing a crucial point. After the Steyn launch, a maul occurred inside our 22. You loosie played the ball on the ground (clearly caught on camera), only with Steve "Hawk Eye" Walsh being closer to the beach than to the infringement area. This led to Habana' try in overtime. Steve later stated "I got it wrong" in a media interview. So if there is anything I can help you with, take off the dunce cap and ask.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-04 09:06

      The thing is Hans, in every game the ref is gonna make 'mistakes', honest or not. If your management team wasn't so ignorant, Steve Walsh's mistake wouldn't have been a problem. Just so we're clear, you didn't help with anything.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-04 09:07

      Well Harold, 'tis in the past, may the best team win.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-04 09:13

      Correct Hans. To be honest, for the while the win had a hollow feel to it, for what it's worth. Good luck, rather you than the Stormers.

  • lean.sadie - 2012-07-03 20:09

    Everything said here was said yesterday or earlier today already. Yay. Can't wait to see the game, should be a good one.

  • Johan - 2012-07-03 20:11

    Another walk in the park for the mighty Bulls, SA's flagship team

      Robsschele - 2012-07-03 20:30

      Walk in park? HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 20:51

      You've been quiet, doctor. Welcome back.

      Johan - 2012-07-03 21:23

      Thanks Harold, damn busy man. How are things on your side? Have you bought Super-15 tickets for the finals at Loftus yet?

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 22:20

      Doctor, my great great grand daughter works for the BBRU, so she sommer organizes box tickets.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-04 05:36

      so Harold you gonna watch the final at moftus on big screen while we watch it live at newlands?

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-04 07:57

      Yas Paul, because this is YOUR year. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-07-04 09:12

      Flagship team?? Well now...the ship could be another Titanic after Friday! I think the Sharks are going to take this one.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-03 20:21

    Mvovo, Bayeti Nkosi.

  • Graham Swarts - 2012-07-03 21:57

    ds vr die stormers en wp asshols,seun se vr pa,ek dink my meisie is te oud vrmy,PA:ho dan so my kind,sy se sy kan ondou wanneer las WP nog CURRIE cup gwen ht.bulls jo leka ding

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-04 00:33

      Nooit skool klaar gemaak nie, fooitog.

      steyts - 2012-07-04 08:55

      Jou skool doen duidelik nie 'n goeie werk om jou te leer spel nie...

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-03 22:02

    No bull.Only desperado's stand the slightest of chances in the tank, +- a meagre 1 to 20.Hom kloutjies en al heel insluk-net die foefenjol uitspoeg.

  • Magnus Kemp - 2012-07-04 06:59

    going to be one hell of a game!!! both teams have good pack of forwards and reasonable backlines too! sharks home ground advantage will make it tough for the bulls!!! just a lot of supporters gonna be very upset afterwards...

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-04 07:12

    the last two articles titles are as follows. bulls desperate to win in durban. the other is bulls eye home playoff. this is two totally opposite ends , first it looks like they in a great place and the other its a do or die situation? i ain't having a go at the bulls here but rather a go at news24 . why not have a single article explaining both possibilities? should they lose in durban they become desperate and if they win both remaining games and other results help there an outside chance of a home play off. otherwise it would be off to nz for play off and then back to sa or stay for a semi and then back to sa for final. shew that's a lot of straight wins and no rest for the top players not to mention traveling to . but lets all wait and see what happens at the last round.

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-04 07:28

    Morne Steyn's kicking will cost the Bull's. Sharks by 7.

      Deon - 2012-07-04 09:47

      The Sharks need to win by 62 points to past the Bulls if my maths is up to date. I don't see that happening.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-04 11:15

      and then the last game too? so the 72points mean nothing if on team don't secure the bonus point?

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-04 07:49

    Ek skree nie WP nie ek bly n Drol Ek skree nie OP nie ek bly n Drol Ek skree nie Vrystaat nie ek bly n Drol Laat staan die Sharks en die Leeus en die hele bleddie spul

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-04 08:12

      Have you tried singing these words on a Bieber melody?

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-04 08:17

      Not yet , but I'm sure Jacques Potgieter has....

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-07-04 08:08

    Five points for the Sharks is non neg. We gotta do it.

      Deon - 2012-07-04 09:48

      It might not be enough due to huge point difference between Bulls and Sharks.

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-04 08:49

    Ya it's going to be tough for the Bulls without a goal kicker. Couple of points could make the difference. Maybe the 1st time I will be backing the Sharks as a Stormers supporter.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-07-04 10:34

      You guys are very quick to write off Morne. Do so at your own peril.

      Deon - 2012-07-04 11:15

      They probably don't need a goal kicker if they score 6 tries again. Last weekend the Bulls never aimed for a 3 pointer unlike the Stormers.

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