Bulls aim to add to Lions' woes

2014-05-29 22:08

Johannesburg - The Bulls will have their 11th straight victory over the Lions in their sights when they travel to Ellis Park in Johannesburg for the penultimate match of Super Rugby before the June break.

The closest the Lions ever came to beating the Bulls at Ellis Park, was in 2011, when they ended up losing 24-20 with current Lions captain, Warren Whiteley, one of the try-scorers for the home team that day.

The Lions were in the same boat against the Stormers, but they changed that with a superb 34-10 win in round two this year.

Similarly, the Cheetahs recorded their first-ever victory over the Bulls earlier this season in Bloemfontein, also in round two.

The Bulls still have their eye on making the top six on the log and will therefore be mindful of the threat posed by the Lions.

Johan Ackermann’s team returned from their Australasian tour on Sunday and despite not winning any of their matches abroad, have proven a difficult opponent at Ellis Park this season.

"We have to win every remaining match, so are keen to keep on the winning track," said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

"It will also be important for us to go into the break with some momentum.

"We have made some minor changes and I believe we will be competitive against a team that will be very dangerous at home.

"We cannot afford to let them dominate the pace of the match or the style of play.”

Looking at the two starting line-ups selected for Saturday, no fewer than seven players have crossed the Jukskei River to further their careers. 

At the Lions, Courtnall Skosan, Marnitz Boshoff, Warwick Tecklenburg, Franco Mostert and Robbie Coetzee have been part of the Blue Bulls’ set-up, while the Bulls have selected former-Lions Grant Hattingh and Callie Visagie to start this weekend.


15. Coenie van Wyk, 14. Courtnall Skosan, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Chrysander Botha, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Ross Cronjé, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Rudi Mathee, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corné Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Willie Britz, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Deon van Rensburg

15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Wimpie van der Walt, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Louis Fouché, 23 William-Small Smith


  • Shaun Dav - 2014-05-29 22:11

    Did Shaun Dav, captain Obvious write this article? The Bulls will have their 11th straight victory over the Lions

  • Riaan Crouse - 2014-05-29 22:16

    Lions please do us all a favour and shut this cow inbreds traps

      Theo Blignaut - 2014-05-29 22:23

      Jealousy makes you nasty!!! The language u use shows to heavy inbreeding lol.

      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-29 22:46

      Riana ... is djy familie van Nipple ... hy's ok so fukken lelik soos djy my lanie ... ?? Bulls by enough and a bonus point ...

      Johnnie Walker - 2014-05-29 23:00

      Riaan - spel jou naam van agter af. Met die skape van die Baai?

      Riaan Crouse - 2014-05-29 23:49

      Fuk maar jul klomp blou koeie is naargatte hahaha feit bly staan jul is baie bekommerd oor die stormers wat jul op Nuweland gan opF&K!!!

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-30 03:43

      Ou vet Riaan, hoekom sal ons bitter wees? Bulle het klaar die Stormers genail. Bo die Stormers op die log 3 koppies vs zero. Regtig oubaas se honne, jy's dom hoor.

  • Ayanda IsiGora Sokhela - 2014-05-29 22:28

    The Lions to finally stop the rot this weekend. Lions by 5.

      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-29 22:57

      Ayanda .... Ai Ai Ai ... the BULLS and your Banana Banana are not the same team ... it is always possible for the Banana Boys to lose against the blind and cripple ... The BULLS are at the moment in the home stretch aiming for the playoffs and a 4th (fourth) SR Cup ... While we respect the Lions as the only other SR Cup winners in SA, and as a team that PK'd the Sharks not too long ago ... they are not even in the same league as the BULLS at the moment ... So go burn some tyres, rock a school, raid your President's Nkandla homestead ... or just go sit on the stoep and have some pap and homemade beer ...

      John-Martin Jay Visser - 2014-05-30 11:37

      @Platberg pleab ....Hows beating the sharks by 4 points a pk ? lol Remember we beat your bulls-hitters by 15 in the first game of the season, so what do you cal that ?

  • Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-29 23:31

    You can smell the fear of the Shark supporters of having the Bulls in the playoffs and a possible repeat of 2007.

  • Orrin Faulmann - 2014-05-29 23:49


      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 09:17

      Gaan kyk sokker.

      Orrin Faulmann - 2014-05-30 11:10

      loop se dit vir jou pa, naat

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 11:12

      Jou ma lĂȘ op die naat van haar rug en verdien haar tik.

      Orrin Faulmann - 2014-05-30 11:21

      jy praat nou seker van jou ma, die slet

      Orrin Faulmann - 2014-05-30 11:23

      I vomit on a blue bullzzzzz rugby jersey with pride

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 11:36

      Gaan lees weer my opmerking. Of het die tik jou in jou Ma aangetas?

      Orrin Faulmann - 2014-05-30 13:02

      agterplaas, you seem fairly obsessed with methamphetamine (if you even knew that is what it's called) it wouldn't surprise me you are a 'closet choof-monster', with the drivel that you spew .. your feeble comments don't interest me, so do me a favour, take a hike

  • Riaan Crouse - 2014-05-29 23:58

    Kom ons kyk of die camo inbreds so grt bek is na die stormers hul op Nuweland stoomrol

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-30 05:13

      bwaaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha Ou Riaan Crouse buk vir Zet.

      Janneman Poggenpoel - 2014-05-30 07:09

      " Buk vir Zet".....bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, ek kry krampe soos ek lag

      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-30 08:31

      Verskoon vir naaiR ... Die arme ou bly in Despatch ... Zet kom maar min daar want die mense is sooooo commin ... dus moet die ou maar tevrede wees met Barnaai

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 09:18

      Moet net nie dat die Zet Tannie jou vang nie.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 10:58

      Henk, dit is n vreeslike mooi two- tone hemp wat jy aan het. Wat dra jy Sondae?

  • Hennie Gerber - 2014-05-30 07:56

    The Lions ARE going to kill the BULLS.. Do not underestimate the LIONS..

      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-30 08:26

      Met n van soos Gerber sou ek gehoop het jy het meer verstand ... skaam jou!!

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 09:22

      Nobody ever underestimates the Lions. Thats why they added a small to xs and xxs rugby jerseys the usually wear.

  • Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 09:13

    n Drie in elke kwart en die bonuspunt is in die sakkie. Die Sharkies bewe al.

  • Michelle le Roux - 2014-05-30 09:34

    These guys are clowns. LIONS by 10

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 10:09

      Clowns dan met 16 poplap.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-30 11:00

      Koning met sulke werks etiek sal sy nooit n man he nie.

  • Paul Nel - 2014-05-30 11:52

    Go Lions! Scrum them in the ground, outplay them and win them.

  • Johannes Smid - 2014-05-30 16:07

    Die hooftrek maak nie sin nie. Hoe kan die Bulle hoop om die Leeus meer woes te maak?

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