Bulls forced to change

2012-05-08 12:19

Cape Town - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has been forced to make four changes to his starting line-up for the clash against the Waratahs at the Sydney Football Stadium on Friday.

Prop Dean Greyling, replacement prop Frik Kirsten, flank Jacques Potgieter and midfielder Wynand Olivier, who all played in the 41-35 win over the Rebels last week, were ruled out of the clash in the Sydney Football Stadium.

Greyling flew back to South Africa as his wife gave birth on Monday and Kirsten and Potgieter returned to Pretoria after a broken hand and injured knee respectively ended their tour prematurely.

Olivier injured ribs, but should be fit to play next week.

Dawie Steyn will replace Greyling in the frontrow, while Rayno Gerber, who flew in from South Africa on Tuesday to join the squad in Sydney, will move to the bench to replace Kirsten.

With open side flank Deon Stegmann fit again, Ludeke decided to move incumbent CJ Stander to the blind side, where he will replace Potgieter, resulting in a new loose forward combination.

Olivier is replaced by Francois Venter and will team up with Johann Sadie, who swops jerseys with JJ Engelbrecht, the latter moving to the bench and Sadie into the 13 jersey as part of Ludeke’s rotational policy.

Venter and Sadie last combined in the Bulls opening week win over the Sharks.

“We are lucky to have cover in those positions. Francois played very well for us earlier in the season, while Deon is very keen to start contributing again,” Ludeke said.

“Dawie of course, played against the Brumbies three weeks ago and did very well, while Rayno brings massive experience with his inclusion. We need to keep up the momentum of our opening win on tour, but the Waratahs will make it very difficult for us, no doubt.”

Vodacom Bulls captain, Pierre Spies, expressed confidence ahead of the clash.

“We have not played well during week two of previous tours, so we worked on changing the mindset. The win over the Rebels showed what we can do on attack and what work is left on defence. We needed to fix those errors. We hope to deliver an all-round performance against a very dangerous opponent.”



Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 CJ Stander, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dawie Steyn

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


  • Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-05-08 12:26

    Still a very good team. From what I have seen, I think Francois has the goods to make it big!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-08 12:35

      Even though Akona is really playing well, would have love to see JJ on wing. Would also be interesting to see Sadie/Venter combo... Good luck boys, make your supporters proud. Good luck to the Sharks, Lions and Cheetahs.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-08 12:38

      Also, would have started with Steenkamp, he is better than Flip at the moment. Flip with his little brain farts make me nervous. Fortunately the Bulls gained 10 points with him benched last week (and not losing points). Go Bulls.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-08 12:38

      Ai, ek dink ni ons gaan meer wen met 20 punte ni... nee, met so 'n rock'n roll spannetji lyk 'n wen met 30 punte nader aan reg!!! warras, IT'S TIME TO WORRY...??

      Jack - 2012-05-08 12:55

      I think the Bulls should thank their lucky stars that meisiekind is injured - they're far better off without him. If I were a bulls fan, I'd be hoping they missed a broken bone in the scan...

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-08 13:21

      @Priester, howdy. Precisely! Akona het sover nog elke wedstryd begin, hy is 'n waardevolle speler en sy werksverrigtinge in elke wedstryd is fenomenaal. Gee JJ 'n kans op vleuel en bring Akona op in die laaste 20 minute. @Jackblack, with that comment of yours, you have just confirmed that your knowledge about rugby is admirable - NOT!!!

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 13:23

      Ok, I am going to come up for Rene here. Why the thumbs down because she doesn't wish the Stormers 'luck'? Firstly - I doubt whether Rene's good wishes have any effect what so ever on any of the teams she mentions and secondly she has a right to like all teams with the exeption of the Stormers. Secondly, I'm the same: Cheetahs fan and Bulls fan in False Bay and the sirens go off - guess who I will be assisting in the surf? Jaws gets to assist the other one.

      John - 2012-05-08 13:26

      @BlackJack - it has nothing to do with meisiekinds wrist. He's got a hairdresser appointment to get a perm and highlights.

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 13:41

      Ok Raventjie......but just to put the record straight: I wouldn't assist you lot in Mozambique either (because no matter the ocean, most of you chaps have no clue when it comes to the 'big water').......

      Acta - 2012-05-08 13:53

      @ Rene, See you don't wish the Stormers luck. Any reason?

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 14:05

      @Raven, you would be surprised as to how many 'Tswaneerders' we locals have hauled spluttering and howling out of the surf at various locations throughout the years. (Even those who have dropped in uninvited on Mr Price bodyboards, and spanking new 'wetsuits'...and who have in fact deserved the ocean's wrath) Oh you would be surprised as to how many Tswaneerders pitch their brollies, haul out their stoele and let their kiddies 'play in the big water' while mamma shovels Pringles down her 200 kg frame and pappa shovels brannas.........The real disaster takes place when kiddies get into some bother...and mamma and pappa enter the water to assist......True stories these.....

      Dirk - 2012-05-08 14:08

      Acta, because the Bulls supporters know that the Stormers win with skill, they (Stormers) don't need luck like the Bulls. You see the Bulls tried to play with skill against the Blues and the Stormers – We all know how that turned out. Also to some extent against the Rebels. Powers Boothe knows that the luck tank is running dry, he even shaved his moustache.

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 14:29

      @Raven - the icy water doesn't stop them down here (not all of them in any event). You get the chaps who think that because they have a Koi pond in their front garden in Waterkloof - they know all about angling and hanging tough on the rocky edges........You get the tannies who think that because they can do 4 laps at Virgin Active in Centurion, they can swim to Robben Island (and then some poor surfer or lifeguard ends up having to "Free Willy the whale" while she bites, scratches and shrieks all the way)......Then you get the kids who think that their water wings guarantee their safety 1000000000000000000000 metres from shore......and then you get my personal fave: the dude or dudette who does 'life saving' at Danville Secondary school's 30cm deep paddling pool, and because he/she is an "expert" in terms of water, rallies the troops into swimming out much further than they should...beyond the breakers. I honestly would not last a DAY as a lifeguard....After saving the twats I would beat the cr@p outta them. That said - morons like this are not only Bulls fans..... :)

      Dirk - 2012-05-08 14:31

      Blou, dit was alles skill daai, die bulls wen net met luck, dit explain al daai bonus punte, driee teen en swak verdedeging van die opposisie. Natuurlik ook daai drie super cups... alles luck. XD

      Dirk - 2012-05-08 14:41

      Blue, ek is bly jy vat my nie ernstig op nie :)

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-08 14:41

      @dirk, jy laat my dink aan jk. Jy moet jou naam verander na "klein divvy" want nie jy of Peter De Villiers maak sin a julle praat nie

      René - 2012-05-08 14:42

      OK @Saffa, you almost had me in tears with your comment, well done!! (Over active imagination though)... I was wondering why she would shove down Pringle (the brand) down her throat, to realise you refer to them 'chips in a can' Anyway, I find it rather strange that anyone can put their feet in that bloody cold water, surfer or no surfer. But I suppose if you're a local, its different, much rather prefer the icy slopes of the Alps than the icy waters of CT @Acta, like most supporters, my second team would be the Cheetahs to support, so yes my loyalty will be with them come Saturday. Anyhoooo, you don't want me supporting the Stormers, the only time I did, you guys lost... but like Saffa stated, you'll be ok without my support... Feeling better now?

      Acta - 2012-05-08 16:11

      @Rene,Yes, thanks:) think we have something in common in the cheetahs being 'the other team', hopefully there is not too many other stuff.. hehe. #good luck to all, can't wait super excited, its going to be tougher than some may think and expecting surprises. Plenty of juicy battles

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 17:05

      Saffa Brat.... When the Bulls supporters go to the beach we quickly swim two lengths just to warm up man. What are you on about saving us? If your life savers looked like a Baywatch babe ... by all means. We would fake it and let the girl save us but in Cape Town someone without teeth will try and save you and mug you at the same time... and ask you questions on how to win the S15!

  • Dirk - 2012-05-08 12:30

    Sisters are doin' it for themselves. Standin' on their own two feet. And ringin' on their own bells. Sisters...

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-08 12:45

      @dirk- gaba hoe durf jy jo weepee span liedji hier uit braak... aag nee sies man-vuilspel, rooi kaart-laat jy gaan.....

      LaBlue - 2012-05-08 12:47

      BlueRaven, wanneer die Bulls terug kom van net 1 uit 4 wenne op 'n toer, gaan hulle moraal so laag wees ... die Stormers sal hulle met 20+ punte trap. BLUE PHOENIX GROETE

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 17:43

      Dirk is 'n dommetjie!!!

  • Skroef - 2012-05-08 12:41

    its gonna be good for the bulls to wn this one.i would have chosen jano at 9 and move hougie to wing in place of akhona for quick ball and for the sake of attacking them continuoisly. go sa teams go

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-08 17:29

      Raven I agree, but Jano gets the ball away quicker and cleaner. Just lokk at the difference when he comes on the field. But Francois is still my bootjie. Suck on that you 'SUURGAT STORMERS'.

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 17:44

      Skroef... You have a skroef loose my friend!

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-05-08 12:49

    Stormpies in pienk !!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 13:25

      Do you have anything else to say? Or is this it? The sum total of your contribution? Oh dear........

      colin85 - 2012-05-08 13:31

      haha - BlueRaven, check the date stamp, its from 2 years ago, so who is copying who Mr. Wise guy?

      Robin - 2012-05-08 13:35

      BlueRaven if you read the comment on the photo you will that The Stormers are watching the Maties vs Ikeys Varsity cup Final... Which was last year!!! So who are the followers now.. Dumb Ass!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 13:37

      Ummmm @EinsteinRaventjie: Boland, the Pumas, Stade Francais and a few varsity cup teams wore pink before the Bulls......Bulls lead others follow? Allrightyyyyyyyyy then.

      WernerZA - 2012-05-09 05:02

      Ok, so die stormers wil die bulle uithaal oor hulle pink truie, maar nou wil hulle ook die krediet vat dat hulle eerste pienk gedra het... Mooi man, dit wys net dat daar bietjie bul-envy is siende dat die bulle die look kan swaai... Nou, in die stormers Se soeke na hulle identiteit moet ons onthou dat hulle ook probeer het om die sharks te copy as die \men in black\. Snaaks dat dit in n tyd was toe die sharks goed gejol het... Miskien het hulle dedink die \blou\ gaan vir hulle bietjie geluk bring en dus die change... Ai, as die stormers Se change strip volgende jaar pienk is sal ons weet hoekom... Hulle wil lyk soos n wen span!

  • Stephen - 2012-05-08 12:54

    Go Waratahs, beat the arrogant bulls

      LaBlue - 2012-05-08 12:56

      I agree with the Pope!

      Dirk - 2012-05-08 13:00

      Ur just gonna waist your breath. The sistas will do it by 11 points. They'll only lose on the 2nd of June, and the finals.

      Dirk - 2012-05-08 13:12

      Stormers met 6 punte

      JouMa - 2012-05-08 13:28

      bmt hmm eerder fondsie onder tafel viri ref in finaal

      JouMa - 2012-05-08 14:19

      raventjie my skattie nee daai was tokolos wat op die veld gehol het om sy aangenome kind te troos

      Dirk - 2012-05-08 14:36

      nope, definitief die tokolos gewees.

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 17:30

      Hey Dirk en Jou Ma... Julle IDIOTE! Tokolos het 'n opleidingskool vir bottelgooiers julle ape! Die criteria is bietjie te hoog vir julle Stormpies so ek moet julle teleurstel. Een van die vereistes om te slaag is dat jou ma en pa ten minste nie boetie en sussie mag wees nie. Jy sal verbaas wees hoeveel kandidate van die Kaap moet ek wegwys! Julle twee... definitief nie kandidate nie!

  • JouMa - 2012-05-08 13:25

    whahaha poofters all soft and marshmallowy in pink good luck stormers waratahs lions sharks

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-08 13:45

      The stormpies gonna need all the luck they can get,But I luck won't be enough

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-08 13:43

    This one's crucial for the Bulls. Let's see whether they've jacked up their defence.

      Johann - 2012-05-09 11:11

      At last, a bull supporter with some sence!!

  • Acta - 2012-05-08 13:51

    With Injuries the team still looks good, can't wait to see Stegmann again. Hopefully Sarel starts, that will be a good battle. Good luck guys.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-05-08 14:46

      true but between f van dm and steg the tahs have at least five penalties so that's 5x3 . and not to mention maybe a yellow case between the two of them

      paul.sdoow - 2012-05-08 15:17

      sorry forgot we need to spell everything correctly . . . CARD . THAT YELLOW CARD . and ya the time that they be off the field they might as well have a case of yellow beer . . . its the low alcohol one you pink sisters drink. not US wp people, we drink papsak according to the bulls supporters .

      paul.sdoow - 2012-05-08 15:25

      yep and proud of it. tassies, is the best to go with the chop and steak while watching on 2June pretoria go quiet to hear spies say he sorry he let the fans down for a second time this year.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-05-08 15:39

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ya right. have your ten minutes you just been yellow carded for that lame joke. think of a better one. don't worry i won't tell any one that's your prefered beverage when you come everrrrrry year without fail to watch the waves.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-05-08 17:00

      maybe you meant it as serious but i glad you took your ten minute penalty you will see a lot of that this weekend. but banter aside and all seriousness all tugd games for bulls and storm are not gonna be easy and local Derby always better to watch than the too darn early games .

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 18:07

      On Sunday 3 June, all Tassies will be sold out in the Cape. They are going to buy it by the case to drown their sorrows! Buy shares in Twinsavers and Tassies NOW!!!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-05-09 05:42

      oh we will hue tears but they will be from joy and then from laughter at watching you guys shell shocked at two losses from the Wynspan.

  • shawn.esterhuizen - 2012-05-08 14:19

    Fransie spaar maar jou beste spelers vir die stormers op die 2de junie gaan jul wit en blou sien stormers die beste gaan leker papsak in n bloubal se gat opdruk 2dejunie hehe wp jou leka ding!

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 14:52

      @Raven - read Shawns comment below about 'LEAVING his hometown of Pretoria and moving to CT' - I kind of rest my case........

  • shawn.esterhuizen - 2012-05-08 14:39

    Steve hofmeyer sing nou ek kan nie wag wanneer n stormer n pink koei slag, hul speel so sleg net die stormers en wp weet hoe om te speel en dis reg, ek het die pink bulle veraai want ekt die boring pretoria verlaat goodbye. N goeie plek is die kaap en dit ruk awe!

      shawn.esterhuizen - 2012-05-08 14:47

      Dis waar niemand wil wees na die 2de junie

      Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-05-08 15:53

      Heiku, your argument that all Bulls supporters are commin, are now nil and void. Rather look at yourself.

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 17:35

      Julle Capies begin bloei hierdie Saterdag al. Dit begin by die Cheetahs... Dan die Waratahs... Dan die Sharks... en dan.... SUPER BULLS. Dan wonder julle ook weer na die tyd waar alles verkeerd geloop het. Dan blame julle weer vir Alistair en Francois Louw en die "strike" en se watch ons volgende jaar... Patete... hoop om julle grootbekke Saterdag almal na die game op die blog te sien!

  • shawn.esterhuizen - 2012-05-08 14:49

    Net nataniel sal bereid wees om vir hul te sing na die super 15 haha

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  • rennievanas - 2012-05-09 12:32

    Ek het nou lekker gelag vir julle klomp mal bliksems!! Go Stormers!!!!

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