Bulls name side for Stormers

2013-02-19 12:53

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has named an experienced outfit to face the Stormers on Friday at Loftus Versfeld in the opening match of the local 2013 Super Rugby competition.

Kick-off is at 19:10.

Ludeke named two debutants in his starting XV, with Lionel Mapoe and Mornè Mellett set to start at wing and prop respectively, but also named two centurions and a host of players with more than 40 caps.

Mapoe has played 23 matches for the Lions and five for the Cheetahs before, whilst Mellett toured with the Bulls last year, but did not play in any matches.

Pierre Spies, who captains the side, is one of 11 players who have 40 caps or more at this level.

“We do have an experienced core of players this year and it is something that hopefully will benefit us,” Ludeke said on Tuesday.

“Even Mornè Mellett, who will start in his first match, has toured with us and played well in last year’s Currie Cup. In this competition one will always be looking at the experienced guys in your team and we are lucky to have a lot of those in important positions,” Ludeke said in announcing his team.

Three Springboks, Dean Greyling, Akona Ndungane and Jacques Potgieter were not considered due to injury, whilst Emerging Springbok lock Wilhelm Steenkamp is also out of action of another two weeks due to a shoulder injury.

Bulls captain Pierre Spies said they are looking forward to the start of the season, despite the fact that they are facing the Stormers, who won both encounters between the two sides in 2012.

“They are a formidable side, but this competition is all about measuring yourself against the best out there, as a team and on a personal level. It will be a massive game, as it is not only the traditional North/South derby, it is also two teams with good records in Super Rugby wanting to stake the first claim,” Spies said.

“We are at home and would like to give our fans something to look forward to this season. The first step is to start well against the Stormers.”



15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Mornè Mellett

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Francois Venter


15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Gerhard van den Heever, 22. Joe Pietersen


  • BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-19 12:56

    Great team! Show no mercy, take no prisoners.

      Johan van Heerden - 2013-02-19 13:05

      Wynand is messing up any progress the backline could have made.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-19 13:12

      The legends are back, Wynand "The Widowmaker" , Zane "The Hitman",Mornè "The sniper",Captain Dynamite , the List Go on and On

      niel.walt - 2013-02-19 13:12

      Is dit dieselfde sniper en widowmaker wat op die gras gaan sit het toe sonnybill op hulle afhardloop?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-02-19 13:40

      Vir 'n "sniper" skiet Morné maar min raak.

      bootman.bokke - 2013-02-19 13:59

      It's more like Wynand "The Dressmaker" , Zane "The Hit and miss man",Mornè "The sniper who shoots blanks", Captain Steroids , the List Go on and On

      BulletjieBulBul - 2013-02-19 14:21

      Julle Platberg sitbokke weet niks man. Luister na Bloumasjien, die man weet waarvan hy praat. Hulle kan hierdie span maar net so kies vir die Bokke en daar is niks en niemand wat in ons pad sal staan nie, veral met The Widowmaker, The Hitman, The Sniper, Hougie, Captain Courageous, Chilliboy "The Machine" Ralapele etc etc etc, just to name a few. Star studded team who will give us supporters our 4th Super Title this year. A walk in the park for the FLAGSHIP TEAM of SA Rugby!!!

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-19 15:20

      Trailer Trash, vir iemand wat so maklik spel foute uitwys, is jy maar treurig hoor!

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-19 15:33

      GREAT TEAM Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! these pink pansies are going to be singing the blues at the rend of the season.............again

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-19 15:49

      Jy hoef nie jou gom met my te deel nie. hou dit maar vir wanneer die depressie te erg raak. Of gebruik dit om valstande te plak. Nog beter miskien kan die stormers dit gebruik om bietjie beter te "gel".

      niel.walt - 2013-02-19 16:36

      As bloumasjien kastig so baie weet van rugby af sal hy nie klomp stront kom opgooi hier dat spies corageous is en wynand n widowmaker en zane n hitman is en sulke crap nie want al 3 daai spelers is eintlik maar average. Nog een van daai jersey supporters

  • lablue.phoenix - 2013-02-19 13:01

    Maar 'n treurige span wat die Bulls die jaar het.

  • Johan van Heerden - 2013-02-19 13:02

    Why Olivier? If you go make money overseas and just come back when the spotlight is on, its wrong. He's now keeping somebody out that is committed to the bulls ( and better) then he f*cks off again. As a bull supporter:Frans has overstayed his wellcome

      nicnac.nac - 2013-02-19 13:11

      Couldn't agree more. Hope they let Serfontein play in the other games otherwise his gone like Stander. Olivier needs to ef off!

      Waylin Clay Raats - 2013-02-19 14:38

      Olivier is di beste centre wti bulls ht as j reg di games kyk dan kan j sien

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-19 16:09

      Meisiekind is a waste of time. Why on earth would the Bulls select this Loser ? Why ? He's Gayer than "Twilight". Kirchner is also a Liability. Can't they drop these clowns. Serfontein should be there, or a least on the bench. He is experienced enough. Can't Wynand go play in Japan, or in the Woman's league. Stegmann is also as valuable as a Zim Dollar.

      Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-02-19 16:57

      Steyn would dilute most of serfonteins attributes,1st get a flyhalf

  • maniem1 - 2013-02-19 13:02

    2 Goeie spanne dit gan n uitsteekinde game wees kannie wag vir die oorlog om te begin nie. Bulle Stomers altyt klip harde rugby.Hou duime vas vir die manne van die Kaap maar weet dit gan n close game wees eenage een sin

  • dis.stoffelhier - 2013-02-19 13:05

    En so begin die Groot Bekke van die Noorde weer raas. Hoop maar julle raak weer stil na die game soos laas jaar. Twee keer.

      prot.kpax.33 - 2013-02-19 13:12

      Jy is die enigste groot bek hier dwes, nie een comment praat groot van die bulle nie.

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 13:21

      pfft, julle raas al vir 18 jaar jou aap

      dis.stoffelhier - 2013-02-19 13:40

      (Scroll op) Nee, lyk nie so vir my nie.

      prot.kpax.33 - 2013-02-19 14:08

      Kyk net die tyd wat my comment gepost is en die wat jy nou sien mamparra, jy was die eerste groot bek.

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2013-02-19 13:06

    Both teams look good on paper, should be a cracker of a match!!

  • niel.walt - 2013-02-19 13:09

    Would have gone with serfontein instead of meisiekind.

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 13:23

      Die yster sal sy kans kry, widowmaker moet net eers vir oupa en dijong so bietjie boelie

      faan.roetz - 2013-02-19 13:26

      Would be ludicrous to pitch a 19 year old promising player against one of the cleverest and most capable centres in the world in his first Super game. Venter on the bench is an elegant runner and good defender with more experience. Serfontein is a hard ball carrier and very strong defender that will play Springbok in 2013 (year end) or 2014.

      niel.walt - 2013-02-19 16:29

      Die stormers se 12 is op debut by the way so ja, met serfontein se offload kan hy gevaarlik wees, kan van die creative play oorvat by morne want face it hy kan niks create nie.

  • Shannon Nass - 2013-02-19 13:15

    Loftus is die house of pain vir ons opponente,maaki saak wie hulle isi

  • Shelton Leslie Francis - 2013-02-19 13:16

    Here we go Stormers,Here we go!!!(clap clap clap)

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 13:21

      wat se djy my bra, loop djie snoek daar in djie kaap?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-02-19 13:44

      "Djie" - ??? Praat jy Klingon?

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 16:03

      Née jou aap, wys net hoe ken jy jou vrou, sy praat dan ook so

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 16:35

      @stirrer How much longer today before you run out of internet?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-02-19 17:11

      Nursie, how much longer before you grow up?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-02-19 17:13

      Threetimesloser, I have NEVER heard anybody use a word even close to "djie". Except if it's a Tshwane thing...

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 17:19

      @stirrer Working till 5pm today, well done oubaas se honne. And then "silence"... til tomorrow

  • Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 13:24

    bulls by 15 next please

      Elandre van Wyk - 2013-02-19 15:07

      is j nou heentemal bv*k in j kop??????

      vallemj - 2013-02-19 15:10

      LOL, Stormers by 20, Bulls are a mid table side NEXT......

      bootman.bokke - 2013-02-19 15:38

      The Bulls are only a mid-table side on a good day.

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 16:02

      Like I said Next please

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 16:36

      @vallemj Think all the rugby players on Fri will die of heart attacks? ha ha ha

  • Adriaan Albertyn - 2013-02-19 13:33

    Going to be a cracker...

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-02-19 13:34

    Francois moet minder sms'e stuur en meer konsentreer of rugby!

      Tertius Devereaux - 2013-02-19 18:10

      Moeni oordeel nie jou idioot...jy weet f*kol

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-02-19 13:36

    met Juan "Hop Hop Quota Style" de Jongh nie daar nie, is Stormers die favourites~!

  • fred.vandermescht - 2013-02-19 13:59

    Die game kan die Bulls of die Stormers wen met 5,die een wat die minste foute maak op die einde van die dag wen die game by 5. Wys ons Stormers !!!!!!!!!!

  • Kobus van Eeden - 2013-02-19 14:00

    kyki neh 3timestwat, jy is vlippen irritereend en erger as n bledi gatvlieg! wat doen j vir n lewe? sny j mense se gras en tell honde mis op? jy gaan so aan oor di kaap maar wat het dai tswane hool teen di kaap huh? jys onooslik en het die ik van n tuinstoel! jys lekker grootbek tot die stormers wen dan kryp j w in n mynskag in en sien ju nooit w nie! gan vreet ju pap ju oerangoetang gaan na n plek toe waar mens rerig omgee wat metally handicapped morons te se het want weet jy wat? hier gee niemand om nie, jy bly in n sh%t area, jyt die ik van slang k~k en jy ondersteun n ou nikswerd loser hasbeen span wat 80% nie eers van die provinsie is nie! so asb...gan val juself in n koma in in n skag js seke hoekal n ilegal miner niemand gaan jou mis nie! ons sall n moerse party gooi! pendego!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-02-19 14:13

      Jee eks bly jy weet wat jy geskryf het

      BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-19 14:16

      Jy moet jou skool geld terug vra

      BulletjieBulBul - 2013-02-19 14:28

      Farkit jy lyk vir my maar aan die onnosel kant jong. As hulle jou brein in 'n mossie oorplant vlieg die ding agteruit!

      Kobus van Eeden - 2013-02-19 14:37

      bulletjie haha, afkomende van jou af is dit sekerlik n kompliment neh?en masjien let the rugby do the talking;) na vrydag is jul almal nowhere to be seen

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-19 15:28

      Ha ha ha, ek hoop hulle gee darem vir die mossie a crash helmet.

      BulletjieBulBul - 2013-02-19 15:49

      Caravan... Jy sal 'n klap teen jou oor kry boetie. Jy moenie hier kom slim raak nie!

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 16:06

      Next please die poofter het gecrack

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 17:01

      @ caravan Hou jou bek

      stein.dewet - 2013-02-19 18:18

      Al wat ballasbulbul na n game doen, is om van sy sussie af te klim

      BulletjieBulBul - 2013-02-19 18:48

      Neeeee Stein jy het dit verkeerd... dis van JOU sussie af

  • Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-02-19 14:00

    Spies will be watching duane do all the ground work,whilst he's posing for Mr Universe,looks good enough to make the boks lol

      Kobus van Eeden - 2013-02-19 14:16

      spies wil do what he does best stand around and move like a crab when he gets the ball

      BulletjieBulBul - 2013-02-19 14:33

      Hey!... Show some respect for the next Springbok Captain ok!

  • john.comyn.18 - 2013-02-19 14:02

    Will be decided on goal kicks and possibly one moment of brilliance by either side. very close match-ups if one does a man on man comparison. GO THE MIGHTY STORMERS!

      bootman.bokke - 2013-02-19 15:25

      John only the Bulls do man on man. The men here in the Fairest Cape prefer woman.

  • Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-02-19 14:12

    I think bryan will have the better of mapoe,but bjorn

      Kobus van Eeden - 2013-02-19 14:16

      aplon is faster and better skilled that bjorn

      BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-19 14:34

      2012 Super Rugby stats. Bjorn Basson 10 tries Gio Aplon 8 tries

      Elandre van Wyk - 2013-02-19 15:04

      there's a simple reason bjorn has more tries then aplon. . .. he gets used more. . the bulls are much more attack orientated than the stormers. . . if aplon got just as much front foot ball as bjorn I'm sure he also would've had 10 tries. . . or more

      BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-19 15:11

      "the bulls are much more attack orientated " The hillbillies from the platberg gonna choke on their papsnoek

      stein.dewet - 2013-02-19 18:20

      En bloumasjien is met n urine horing gemaak

      Tertius Devereaux - 2013-02-19 20:35

      Bjorn is groter sterker en vinniger as daai kaboutertjie

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-20 08:09

      en Stein, jy's nie gebore nie, jy is ge-issue. Die dokter het vir jou ma gese maak dood, toe hoor sy maak groot. Hulle het perongeluk die baba weg gegooi en die na-geboorte groot gemaak.

  • jaco.strauss3 - 2013-02-19 14:14

    Tough game ahead for sure.... GO STORMERS!!!!!

  • Kobus van Eeden - 2013-02-19 14:19

    bloumasjien, ekt niks teen jou nie okay? so los ma ju komentaar vijuself:) en ja n finale jaar ingeneurstudent moet sy geld trug vra:/

      BulletjieBulBul - 2013-02-19 14:39

      Wahahahahahahahaha.... Nou het ek alles gehoor. Die Kings gaan seker die S15 wen ook ne!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-19 14:39

      n finale jaar ingeneurstudent? Jy weet nie eens waar om kommentaar te lewer nie . Nee kyk die land is in sy moer

      bootman.bokke - 2013-02-19 15:35

      Nie net die land nie....................Kobus se Blackberry ook.

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 16:09

      Ha ha, die snotkop vir dit mix met die groot manne maar pe pe nog skuim

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 19:15

      Vra jou vrou, o hel nee, askies, vra jou ryk suster

  • anton.fester - 2013-02-19 15:45

    If the game is half as good as the flying handbags in the comments section, it's going to be an excellent 80 minutes. Either way, there's going to be some humble pie served in bucket loads on Monday!

      bootman.bokke - 2013-02-19 15:53

      Anton the Bulls dont mind the humble pie, they've got 3 x Super Cups to eat it out of.

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 16:10

      Boatman jou swaap, dan se jy dit nog, ai die dom poofters wil maar nie leer nie

      bootman.bokke - 2013-02-19 18:42

      ............and the Varsity Cup.

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 19:16

      Jaloerse poofters julle twee ne

  • - 2013-02-19 16:58

    Sal "Arrow" op pvr moet gooi en dalk "Toks en Tjops" ook om die slagting op Loftus te kyk. Snoek groete. - 2013-02-19 22:02

      So vlak soos jy wat weet van die show mater? lol

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2013-02-19 17:11

    hahaha go stormerssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, mors hulle, 10 - 30 vir stormerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 17:20

      Mail order bride, say no more

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 19:19

      En hulle het hom geflous Daan! Hy het n transvestite gekry haaaa haaaaa

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 21:11

      Wonder of hulle 'n "money-back" guarantee het?

  • Kirk van Niekerk - 2013-02-19 18:51

    From a sharks fan, I am puting my money on the bulls to just pip the stormers

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-19 19:18

      Sit baie geld op Kirk, die bulls gaan hulle tjank aftrap

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 22:26

      @dewald Stormers fans should shut their fat traps. Their rugby knowledge = imbecile

  • Tertius Devereaux - 2013-02-19 20:40

    Die nuwe stormers sex posisie...hulle le bo en kom laaste hahahahahaha

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 21:13

      bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaa brilliant, and so true

  • gerhardt.nieuwoudt - 2013-02-20 08:41

    When will they give Jan a chance on center? I really think he's exactly what the Bulls need for this new season, he will add something extra to the team on attack and defense. Wynand Olivier on the other hand??

  • kuhle.thumana - 2013-02-20 09:43

    shocking back line, how in the name do start your best line breaker at wing(mapoe) with Wyanand olivier in his inside, typical Bulls rugby!!

  • franknino.matias - 2013-02-20 11:18

    Go Lions......I mean stormers hahahaha

  • martin.debeer.35 - 2013-02-20 18:40

    Bulls are going to struggle against this Stormers side! Lets hope all the singing and dancing does not come back to haunt them .

  • juan.coetzee.5283 - 2013-02-20 18:41

    From a pure rugby perspective the squads are pretty similar to last year and with the same coaches the playing style will be the same and in that perspective the results from the last two years speak for themselves , however I think this is going to be a cracker of a game. Stormers defensively have shown class and look to have better attacking capabilities this year , however plating at Loftus the first game of the season at altitude will always be a challenge and a lot of the Bulls "youngsters" are a year on into Super Rugby. Going to be a close game with whoever taking the pressure on the day better the one to triumph, but as a Stormer supporter I back the boys to win. . .

  • stan.almendro - 2013-02-21 11:28

    So glad to see "Bulls" have STAR kicker included (Mornetjie) which should give the Stormers a HUGE points advantage. Come on STARS of the Cape get he Boys Choir of MAGALIESBURG singing (Crying for mercy

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