Bulls get well-earned break

2011-02-08 12:03

Brenden Nel -  SuperSport

Pretoria - With their preparation for their defence of their Vodacom Super Rugby crown complete, the Bulls gave their players the best news they could receive ahead of the long season ahead – a five day holiday to rest.

The Bulls will open their defence on February 19 against neighbours, the Lions in Johannesburg, and coach Frans Ludeke was satisfied at the final training session on Tuesday morning that the team had ticked all the right boxes ahead of their off-period.

On Monday the team will return, with answers on the niggling questions of injuries to fullback Zane Kirchner, utility back Francois Hougaard, locks Bakkies Botha and Flip van der Merwe and midfielder Jaco Pretorius.

Luckily Kirchner’s rib injury, picked up on the weekend in the victory over the Premiers XV wasn’t as bad as feared, and with a few more days of rehab, the fullback could well be a late inclusion in the opening game against the Lions. Ditto for Hougaard, whose stress fracture on his foot is healing well.

With a bit of luck as well he could be back on the training field next week.

Botha (knee) and Van der Merwe (ankle) both have niggles and should be sorted out by next week when the team regathers to start their final preparations for the tournament. Pretorius though, while expected to be ready, is still being hampered by the back strain and there is still hope he will recover in times.

The only confirmed injury, therefore, is lock Juandre Kruger, whose broken finger, will keep him out of the first few weeks of the competition.

The Bulls will end their pre-season sessions on Tuesday with a backs vs forwards cricket game, where big things are expected, especially from their self-confessed batsman Dewald Potgieter.

Potgieter upped the banter on Tuesday, warning his team-mates on twitter that “I am known as the Donald Bradman of my generation by those who have seen me bat.”

The Bulls will be hoping when they regather those skills are more honed to rugby when they start their defence of their title.


  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-08 12:13

    They way they breeze through the competition makes it look like they are always on holiday.

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 13:39

      No, they just look like their brains are on holiday, somewhere far, far away from rugby.

      Mafaka - 2011-02-08 15:18

      @Shistirrer... are you retarded? I know your type (met many of them when I went on holiday to Cape Town), you are the stupid guy trying to make fun of other people to take the focus off your own dumness. Keep on trying big boy... ""nobody can see thru your stupidity""...

  • jakes001 - 2011-02-08 12:24

    Good for you, so nice to hear this.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-08 12:49

    Tripe. Now all these tossers head to Cape Town for their little "holiday". (With all their various frikkin stalkers in tow....Pappa Smurf, ai ai)

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-08 13:12

      LOL.....they certainly have a lot to say about the Cape folk but are quick to hot foot it down to the Cape for their holidays!

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-08 13:13

      I already live in Cape Town. Awesome place. Just a pity about most of the locals

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-08 13:16

      ....but then, I guess, most of the team are made up of players from the Cape in the first place!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-08 13:26

      @Papa Smurf - if you lived here, I would have sniffed the foul cloud of air that follows you .....Try again (en wees eerlik, Pretoria-Wes is nie Kaapstad, al plak jy jou hele Wendyhuis vol prentjies van die see en berge...)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-08 13:31

      En Pappa S...Pollsmoor tel OOK NIE.....

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 13:35

      Saffa-Cat, jy het vergeet om te noem van Smurfie se Pierre Spies poster agter die toiletdeur.

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-08 13:40

      SUPER RUGBY CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! END OF STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Markis - 2011-02-08 13:46

      It's every springboks dream to become a bull..

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 14:00

      @Markis: Yes, because the waiting list to get into the Stormers is too long.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-08 14:02

      @Shistirrer - behind the bathroom door, on the ceiling, laminated pics of Spies on his little piggy bank he puts his car guard tips in....etc etc etc etc

      Markis - 2011-02-08 14:07

      @shistirrer: No because they wait too long to win a super rugby final in the Stormers. Get over it boet bulls are the champs

      Markis - 2011-02-08 14:12

      Bulls 2007 2009 & 2010 Stormers?

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-08 14:47

      Pappa Smurf : Where with the Bergies - Even they don't want you there !!!!!

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 14:52

      @Markis: OK, you say history counts. Let's not be selective then and also talk about 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 (!!!) and as recently as 2008.

      Johnny - 2011-02-08 16:47

      Stormbarians = 11 year losers...!! ........enough said.....

      cheriemacaskill - 2011-02-09 14:21

      Johnny yr a w@nker

  • Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 13:49

    Ag shame Smurfie, is that the best you can come up with? That's so-o-o-o-o last season. This is a new year, a new competition with a new format. Respect has to be earned, and in all fairness, I haven't seen anything from the Bulls so far this year that earns them any respect, or a break, for that matter.

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-08 14:48

      Stop it now , don't tease the stupid - Not nice OK!!!

      Corrie - 2011-02-08 15:25

      Hahaha so this is what the stormer supporters do when their wifes are visiting pretoria...

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 16:29

      No, Corrie, our wifes (sic) prefer to stay here in the fairest Cape with REAL men. On the other hand, YOUR wife whispered in my ear last weekend that she told you she's here visiting a sick aunt.

  • Stompies - 2011-02-08 13:52

    Kaap is soos om 'n skelmpie te hê, net so nou en dan lekker

  • Ragged-Tooth - 2011-02-08 14:12

    blou Nulle taking it far too easy this season. Only one warm-up game against questionable opposition (Southern Kings game was a voda-cup warm-up so doesn't count). And now already a 5 day holiday. I think Ludeke is making too much of this being a long rugby season and is over compensating for it.

      Corrie - 2011-02-08 15:24

      Blou Nulle????Thats Ironic as they are the only SA franchise bringing the Super trophy home...go watch your kiddies and get back to cooking your wife dinner prick...

      Ragged-Tooth - 2011-02-08 15:58

      corrie Ag shame, did I hit a nerve with that lil' old comment of mine? I know the blou NULLE is the only thing that makes your pointless little life worth living. With the boring kick and chase rugby they dish up it's no wonder you only support them for the koppies they are able to win. One day when you're big (and I don't mean fat, sweaty and drunk on beer) you'll also find that there's more to rugby than a koppie.

  • GT - 2011-02-08 14:24

    Only Super Rugby Champions SA has every produced. And that thrice in the last four years. The Bulls set the pace, all the other SA unions just follow. Say no more!

  • revealthemall - 2011-02-08 14:25

    The Rugby season has only just started whats their problem they don't need a rest they must work as they are paid big money.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-02-08 14:51

    To all the BLOU TRIL SUPPORTERS: just a question , if Matfield needs his crash tackle equipment to protect his arm as we are told , why does he practice without it - I will tell you , to get an unfair advantage

      Corrie - 2011-02-08 15:21

      Watch your mouth boytjie your wife may just leave you for a real bull....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-08 15:53

      @ Corrie, you seem to have a fetish for other peoples wives...are you too stupid to get one of your own...even in Pretoria!?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-08 16:09

      @MikeCpt: Corrie by all accounts has no wife....only a sister...

      Ragged-Tooth - 2011-02-08 16:10

      Mike, I think corrie's wife wears the pants in the house, not because she likes it, but because he loves wearing the panty.

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 16:33

      No, Corrie has a wife. She came "visiting" me just last weekend.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-08 16:51

      Well, I was going to suggest that Corrie come down to the Cape to look for a wife. How silly of me, I forgot that the girls in the Cape look for intelligence in a man and I suspect Corrie comes up quite short in that respect.

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-08 17:16

      She told me he comes up "short" in many respects, if you catch my drift...

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-08 18:24

      Cliff - you should continue to hide behind your mountain - with a mouth like that, you are sure to get a hidding sooner than later. You have very little knowledge of the game, and speak with pure loyalty - which one would admire, but that dirty mouth of yours, it just detracts from your only redeeming quality. You are an embarrassment to your Stormers.

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-08 20:08

      GraemeBB: Not from you , and also I am scared of a hiding , not a hidding, and I was addressing all the foul mouthed bull supporters who start this bad mouthing , if you are one of them , then it was meant for you !!!

      vjseven - 2011-02-10 09:46

      Isn't Capetown SA's gay capital?

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-10 10:35

      @vjseven - Nope, that would be Loftus a.k.a. Moftus, where on any given Saturday in winter you can find tens of thousands of guys singing "Liefling" at each other, and admiring each others horings. Let's not even bring the Pierre Spies posters into the equation here - the mere thought... e-e-e-e-e-uuuuuwwwww!!!!!

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-08 14:54

    It must be difficult to see the Bulls win Super trophies,But this is the reality ,The Bulls are The Super champs and whining about it wont change,This year again Matfield will hold the trophy, so get used to it,Stormers not even Banana,,er Habana will help you

      Johnny - 2011-02-08 16:49 many quotas in the stormbarians team.. ......and quota coach....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-08 17:14

      Sorry Johnny, I don't understand your comment. Are you going to the many quotas in the stormbarians team or are you wanting to address the many quotas in the stormbarians team. I apologise Johnny, I have probably gone way over your head there...LOL.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-08 17:36

      ...I know Johnny, that is just too much for you to handle.

      Johnny - 2011-02-09 08:41

      .....quotas = losers....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-09 11:40

      Johnny, isn't it true to say, when you have nothing intelligent to say, you go back to the same old boring cliche's!

  • GraemeBB - 2011-02-08 18:05

    Yup, great season ahead - the Stormer boys think that the Cape belongs to them, and scaped the land themselves. The Stormers speak with hate, and rightly so!! If I were a Stormer, I too would hate the Bulls. Nice place, supporters of poor character. Personal attacks, no substance to comments. By far the worst supporters on this site.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-08 18:36

      Graeme...suggest you take off your light blue tinted glasses when you read all the comments!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-08 21:19

      @Mike@CapeT - I would suggest he in fact sober up before before reading all the comments...

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-08 21:39

      SAFFA-CAT - you must be right right, because I am seeing double double.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-02-08 20:03

    GraemeBB: Not From You Most Def.

  • Agreed - 2011-02-09 10:30

    Pappa Smurf.. Why dont you go back to Pretoria? Jakaranda strate! (Inheemse boom)! Geez, I hate people like you! In Afrikaans: DOM-ASTRANT!!

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-09 12:12

      Want did is awesome om n Bulls supporter in die Kaap te wees. 8 Trophys in 10 jaar. WP/Stormers 0.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-09 12:30

      @PS....ditto my last comment to Johnny.

  • Bryan - 2011-02-09 13:37

    Its funny to hear the stormers carry on as if they have won something? No currie cups in 10 years let alone a Super rugby title. All they have is SA rugby head quarters picking their non performing players for the boks. Humiliated by the Bulls in the S14 Finals and then again by the Sharks in the CC final.

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