Bulls eye home playoff match

2012-07-03 15:37

Pretoria - Bulls captain Pierre Spies said on Tuesday it was important for his side to clinch an away victory over the Sharks on Friday if they wanted to keep their hopes of securing a home playoff match alive.

"Every season is different, last year we were in a situation where we had to win every game to make the playoffs," said Spies at the team announcement in Pretoria.

"Our motivation to win is still the same and we would like to get a home quarter or semi, we want to get the best result we can."

While the Bulls are in a stronger position than at the same stage in last year's competition, they did not want to fall into the same trap against the Sharks.

Last year the Sharks ended the Bulls' playoff ambitions by ousting the defending champions on their home ground with a narrow 26-23 victory.

"In the end you want to win your games and if you look at last year it was so close and yet so far losing that last game against the Sharks," Spies said.

"It is almost similar as there is a lot at stake this weekend with both teams gunning for that second place."

The weekend's results in the matches between the Cheetahs and the Stormers and the Sharks and Bulls could see the top position in the South African conference change.

The Cheetahs could do the Bulls a favour if they beat the Stormers on Saturday, provided the Pretoria-based side win their match.

The Sharks, who are in eighth place on the overall log, will be desperate to move back into the top six in the penultimate week of the Super Rugby knockout phase.

“We had a good roll against the Cheetahs last week and now it is another tough task waiting for us in Durban," said Spies.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said the side kept a keen eye on the permutations and they would – like their opponents – be hell bent on winning their final matches of the series.

"It is a must win situation but our focus is on our plan and executing for 80 minutes and what will be required this Friday night," said Ludeke.

"I think we are also desperate. Everybody needs to win and that is what makes this contest such a special event on Friday.

"Both teams need to be successful and it is going to be a huge clash." Ludeke has kept the Bulls side unchanged for Friday's crunch clash.

Ludeke said team selection was straightforward this week as they showed against the Cheetahs that they were up to the task and were in form.

"Momentum is a very important factor at this stage of the competition and it is something we have now," said Ludeke.

Hooker Chiliboy Rallepele will run out in his 50th Super Rugby match for the Bulls, while Willhelm Steenkamp could also play in his 50th Super game.

Bulls team: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (captain), Jacques Potgieter, Dewald Potgieter, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Wilhelm Steenkamp, CJ Stander, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, Francois Venter.


  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 15:40

    No Probs Spies... Just keep on doing what you do best...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 15:43

      Fact. Just keep on peaking at the right time, as almost always.

      gareth.jefferson.94 - 2012-07-03 15:51

      What stay off the field so the real rugby players can play.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-03 15:51

      Prophetic words!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-03 15:58

      @gareth,imbecile !

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 15:59

      Gareth i'm not talking about Schalk Burger who's been in hiding this whole season...YSTER SPIES...have played the whole season with out a real man do...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 16:08

      Charlie, you've got it spot on. The Stormers' so called captain, faking injury and getting paid for it. He just want to play in the playoff so that he can lift the awesome Conference cup.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 16:10

      Harold that conference cup is as good as that R50 from ABSA in Noot vir Noot... Jy kan F-all met dit doen...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 16:19

      Charlie, I heard that in the Cape flats you can buy a whole set of teeth for R50.

      steyts - 2012-07-03 16:21

      Spies is freakin USELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Julle mense moet rerig ophou drink in die middel van die dag rerig!!! Jeesh ek dog die papsk is erg maar die brandewyn loop duidelik baie hoog daar in die noorde!!!!!

      gareth.jefferson.94 - 2012-07-03 16:21

      @chaplinncharlie, real rugby players take the contact not fall over and lose the ball good eg would be NZ Reed and Sharks Alberts. @ maakdiebulle that must have stretched your vocabulary to come up with that one.

      Press - 2012-07-03 16:25

      I'll take it if it is a set of Schalk originals . . . .

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 16:25

      Harold yes apparently but they like mos the custom two front teeth.. those ones are slightly more expensive... They recon they like them more because they can suck that papsak Lekkerder...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 16:32

      Press, you don't really want teeth like Schalk, do you? Charlie, you can sommer put your cherrie's name in fake gold on your teeth. This is if her name isn't longer than 6 letters.

      acdcdclm - 2012-07-03 16:40

      En Steyts, jy snuif seker voetpoeier!!!!

      jack.bleck - 2012-07-03 16:47

      Sharks are gonna beat them & the Lions are gonna knock the Bulls out of playoff contention altogether!!!

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-03 16:51

      you can see its school holiday with Chappy and Harry on the loose here! almost time for back to school so that the grown ups can have a decent conversation again!

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-03 16:53

      @ Harold: Nah that is probably the price in Pretoria. Things are way more expensive on the Cape Flats. In fact I am sure that the residential property on the Cape Flats is more expensive than in Pretorrrrrrrrrria or should I rather call it Tswane. Don't be jealous of us amazing people in Cape Town. Maybe one day you can also live in this great city, called Cape Town.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-03 17:05

      @ mario,Cape Town.? or Hui !Gaeb?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 17:43

      must say mario i would hate to have to deal with people like u on a daily basis. keep cape town, passion gaps, freeflow, gold teeth and sound systems in ur kusheshe

      bernard.ingram - 2012-07-03 17:45

      @mario. How many cups in super rugby for the Srormers, twit? And you want to call the Bulls perennial winners? Look up the word domkop!

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-03 17:51

      @ Azurite: Why should I look up the meaning of a simple word as that? Have you forgotten that we have the best quality education system in the Western Cape.....

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-03 18:00

      @ tom tardy brain: dont you mean to say: beautiful scenery, cleanest city, most educated city, beautiful women and men (for old Harry boy), best run city in S.A, number 1 city in Africa and many many more.....the list is way to long to mention on this forum. And guess what we do it all without the help of the ANC how cool is that?

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-03 18:03

      Ok lets talk rugby before the people of the North start to cry......

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-03 18:07

      @ Tom Tardy: Nice profile pic, btw!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-04 01:32

      Mario that education system you talking about... it sure didn't reach you buddy...

      steyts - 2012-07-04 08:08

      @acdc Sunscreen proe beter...

      Jahendel - 2012-07-04 16:59

      Saw the most beautiful sign this are now leaving tswane

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-03 15:45

    Sharks know there season all depends on this game.......not gonna be easy Bulls.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-03 15:52

      For sure. Sharks are quality team , they need a different coach though.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-03 15:55

      Agree,Plums time is up......Mallet comes to mind.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 16:00

      isn't their coach from the same place as the X-Lions coach???

      Robsschele - 2012-07-03 20:05

      Sharks to take this one.

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-03 16:06

    Die stormer rugby unie is maar stil vandag,het nog nie oor die skok van Pollard gekom nie

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 16:13

      either dit of oor daai Beste Wen van die Seisoen laas Saterdag...

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-03 16:28

      Hoor daar gaan binnekort n aankondiging wees dat Schalk uit is vir die res van die seisoen. Kraakbeen in knie herstel blykbaar nie soos hulle gehoop het nie Knie nog baie seer.

      Press - 2012-07-03 16:28

      Ja , geween en 'n gekners hierso . . .

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-07-03 18:07

      Ek wil weer daai artikels kry waar Pollard sou teken vir die Bulle en toe daarna sou hy nie. Die Stormers ondersteuners wat hulle gatte af gelag het omdat die Bulle ondersteuners opgewonde was oor die nuus. "Egg on their faces" was hoe die Stormpies dit beskryf het. Maar, jy weet mos, wie laaste lag...

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-07-03 18:11

      @Charlie, hahaha, ek kry nogsteeds so lekker "grin" as ek dink aand daai Beste Wen! Ek is bevrees die Cheetahs gaan 'n rapsie moeiliker wees as die Leeus, en as Mark Lawrence nie blaas nie, is die Stormpies gef#k!!!

      Robsschele - 2012-07-03 20:10

      Volgens die Bulls sou die Stormers nie een wedstryd hierdie jaar gewen het nie. Elke week voorspel hulle dat Stormers gaan verloor. Maar Stormers het selfs albei wedstryde teen die Bulls gewen. Go Stormers. Go Sharks.

      rohann.olivier.1 - 2012-07-03 22:49

      Ek het nog nooit gesien dat die Bulls fans so opgewonde is oor 'n W.P speler nie.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-04 09:05

      @Henk, WP deny Pollard's departure

  • yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-03 16:58

    Julle gaan mekaar nog so afkraak dan steel hulle nog daai spanne onder julle gatte uit.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-03 17:08

      @kameel, Opbouende kritiek.

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  • jason.aereboe - 2012-07-03 19:13

    Thanks for stating the obvious show pony.... C'mon Sharks!!

  • Johan - 2012-07-03 19:43

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

      Robsschele - 2012-07-03 20:13

      A walk in the park? Like the match against the Blues? Or the TWO matches against the Stormers? Dream on.

      Johan - 2012-07-03 21:25

      Shut up, jy kry nou 'n warm oor

  • jeremy.arries.10 - 2012-07-03 22:08

    Now the bulls players aswell as their'e fans are \grootkop\!, lag hulle verloor sleg Vrydag!, Stormers groete!!!

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-03 23:30

    The two Potgieters together is fantastic, their graft will allow the YSTER to hurt the Sharks with his runs. Watch this space. Craven says Bulls to take revenge on the Sharks for last year. No rain = tryfest.

  • dewald.botha.50 - 2012-07-04 08:27

    Where is Jan Serfontein!!!!!

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-04 09:23

      Duh! Luckily you are not a coach, you can't replace springboks with youngsters on a whim, look what happened to Gaffie. Give the young man time and bring him in gently. Craven.

  • trompie.spykerman - 2012-07-04 09:21

    Meyer will get Spies back to the form he showed a couple of seasons ago. With him back to his best casing havoc from loose phases and Alberts causing havoc closer to the contact areas. It is gonna be very difficult for opposition sides to keep on trying to nullify the threat they pose by having two or more players commit to the tackle. Throw in the terrier Brussow and our loose trio could become a triple threat to any opposing team. As long as our tight forwards can focus on securing our own ball and do it in such a manner that we continually get quick ball, no team will be able to handle Spies and Alberts running at them at full tilt.

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