Bulls expect big onslaught

2012-05-17 21:33

Cape Town - The Highlanders have never been a favourite Super Rugby opponent for the Bulls as they are the New Zealand team the men from Pretoria have won the least number of times against.

Since the start of South Africa's franchise system in 1998, the Bulls have only beaten the team from Otago four times in 14 matches. That is lower than their five wins over the Blues, also in 14 encounters, and the seven wins they’ve achieved over the Crusaders (from 19 matches), Chiefs (15 matches) and Hurricanes (14 matches).

What’s more, last year the Highlanders became the first team since April 2008 to beat the Bulls at home (in matches played at Loftus Versfeld and the Orlando Stadium), ending a 20-match home winning streak. That would surely fire up the team from Dunedin this weekend after they have lost their last two matches.

The Bulls arrived in Dunedin at the top of the log and according to coach Frans Ludeke, they know what to expect on Saturday.

“We worked hard to be on top of the log, but the reality is that teams will be coming harder at us than before,” said Ludeke.

“The Highlanders had two disappointing results in their last outings and will come out to knock us over, no doubt.

“We have picked up good momentum from our Australian leg of our tour and can welcome back three experienced campaigners, so if we focus on our own game and play to our strengths, we will be competitive.”

Bulls flyhalf Morné Steyn, who will be playing in this 100th Super Rugby match, said: “This will be a great day for me, but the result will always come first. I have a certain task to do in the team environment and we play together as a team, so it should not be about me.

“It is great to reach 100 games and I will be the first Bulls player to achieve this milestone playing in pink,” the Springbok joked.




15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht


  • ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-17 21:46

    Good luck Bulls you wil need it, just dominate them upfront like the Stormers did and you will be in with a shout, Go Stormers

      David - 2012-05-18 08:01

      Thanks for not slantering the bulls, for other team supporters who wish a team luck and give their opinion about their chances I have the utmost respect. Go Bulls!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-05-18 09:56

      would love the Bulls to win this weekend and next weekend. We need 3 SA sides in the top 6....

  • Arno - 2012-05-17 21:46

    I for One hope the boys do us proud like they have thus far!!!Seems every "Anti Bull" out there is just waiting for a slip up from the bulls!!!!Go bulls hope you can take the win and shock the critics!!!!!Bulls Forever!!!!

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-17 21:48

      Like the stormers critics waiting for a slip up

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-18 06:23

      Ray... We all know it's just a matter of time!!!

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-17 22:20

    Stormers beat Highlanders 21-6 on their turf. Lets see if the Bulls can top that.

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-18 01:30

      Go Mandy....."jou leka deng"

      Koos - 2012-05-18 01:42

      Mandy, I would have liked you but it seems you're a Stormer supporter. So, sorry girl I don't drop my standards that easily.

      Rerrits - 2012-05-18 05:14

      And the Bulls Thrashed the Cheetahs.....

      Koos - 2012-05-18 05:34

      Cheetahs by 5. Bulls by 7

      BlouJob - 2012-05-18 06:07

      Waratahs met 6.

      Johan - 2012-05-18 07:03

      @horny Mandy The Bulls beat the Crusaders and then the Stormers lost to the Crusaders.

      JouMa - 2012-05-18 07:09

      @ johan jou hond julle gatgabbas het hul by moftus stormers weg van huis word groot julle klomp tappids

      Master - 2012-05-18 07:58

      Mandy, you are delightful.

      Koos - 2012-05-18 08:11

      wat soek jy :)

      Diep - 2012-05-18 09:19

      Mandy jou lekka lekka lekka deng!!!!!!

      Acta - 2012-05-18 09:32

      @Mandy, Every game is different, a lot has changed

  • Reon - 2012-05-18 06:00

    And Wynand Olivier, you must pass the ball …

      BlouJob - 2012-05-18 06:08

      Wynand druk sommer self die driee.

      Jp - 2012-05-18 07:20

      Thats true. Wynand "Dont pass, step in" Olivier. He can defend I'll give him that, but if he can just be not so one dimentional on attack, he would be one of the best centres in SA. All bodes well for the Bokke though, the SA players giving it plenty, and all the stats favour our boitjies! Points, most tackles, running metres, and and and and...

  • Johan - 2012-05-18 06:14

    Old Frans and his modesty! We all know and agree the mighty Bulls will win their 4th cup this year. (4more than the Stormers)

      BlouJob - 2012-05-18 06:19

      Jy is heel waarskynlik die wyste man op hierdie forum.

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-18 06:25

      I know... Why always so modest? Bulls EARNED and OWN the bragging rights of SA rugby's SUPER TEAM! Go BULLS!!!

      BlouJob - 2012-05-18 06:34

      Die magtige Bulle vat my terug na die dae toe Michael die Duitser, die formule racing so oorheers het. n Man het sommer geweet wat die resultaat gaan wees.

      BlouJob - 2012-05-18 06:54

      Dit raak nou al afgesaag.

      Koos - 2012-05-18 07:03

      Ons moet nie so erg op daai klomp Stormers wees nie. Hulle het ook gevoelens. Bloubul groete

      JouMa - 2012-05-18 07:12

      net jammer julle moegoes is bekerloos of dalk jul agter op die cortina deur tshwane se strate parade gehou met varsity beker

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-18 07:34

      @JouMa, behalwe dat jy ongeletterd is , is die stormpies al vir meer as 10 jaar beker loos! Is jy Dewald Venter? Hy is ook nie te skerp nie.

      Therealmakoy - 2012-05-18 07:54

      Johan , hoeveel rugby bekers het jy al gewen boeta ? Roem jy jouself regtig op prestasies van n klomp rugby spelers wat nie eens weet van jou armsalige bestaan in jou Ma se buitekamer nie ? Jy`s net n supporter dude , een wat nie eens goed genoeg was vir jou skool se 2de span nie. Jy support n great rugby span.... dis jou claim to fame , geluk man , jou familie moet so trots wees op jou...

      Stephen - 2012-05-18 09:35

      @Maestro, well said. No amount of trophies will change the fact that the Bulls supporters on these articles are the biggest losers known to man.

  • Koos - 2012-05-18 08:01

    Ek skaam my vir party van my mede Bul ondersteuners.

      Therealmakoy - 2012-05-18 08:04

      Koos , die vrot appels is maar orals jong.

      dawiej - 2012-05-18 08:19

      Koos, ja, party van hulle soos johan is pateties. Ek wil graag he die bulle moet ook wen oorsee maar ondersteuners soos johan en kie, maak dat n mens die ander span ondersteun, net om sy bek toe te maak. Maar aan die ande kant is hy te dom om dit agter te kom , so ons sal maar jammer vir hom en sy danville travante voel.

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2012-05-18 09:32

    al wat ek se jul pienk tappits gan onder di might stormers le na di naweek klomp idiote!!

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