Bulls wary of Highlanders threat

2012-05-15 16:15

Johannesburg - The Bulls cannot afford to ride on last weekend's gutsy performance against the Waratahs ahead of their Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday, according to coach Frans Ludeke.

Ludeke, however, hailed his side's show of character after they clinched the match in Sydney in the dying moments of the game.

"Those last minutes, that was the first time this season that we won in such a way and they have now ascended to another level," said Ludeke.

"It brings momentum and shows that they have belief in each other and our systems.

"That match (against the Waratahs) is now history and we are finished with Australia and we now look forward to Dunedin."

The victory cemented their position at the top of the overall Super Rugby log as they left Australia behind with two victories under the belt.

Ludeke felt the Highlanders would pose a different challenge to the Waratahs match.

"At one stage they were the pace setters in the competition and are well balanced," he said.

"Their forwards are very competitive in the scrums, the lineouts and the breakdown area.

"They are also the team who have carried the ball the most and kicked the least."

The Bulls coach has recalled experienced midfielder Wynand Olivier, loose forward Dewald Potgieter and prop Dean Greyling for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Francois Venter makes way for Olivier, who was rested against the Waratahs after suffering bruised ribs.

Potgieter joined the squad on Sunday after recovering from a hamstring strain in place of the injured Deon Stegmann, who fractured his forearm.

Greyling returns to the side after missing the Waratahs clash for personal reasons and replaces Dawie Steyn.

Ludeke said the return of these seasoned campaigners would bring new energy to the camp.

He added that the youngsters who had covered for them had shown a maturity and increased the squad's depth.

"The guys came through nicely which shows some great depth for us and if we ever have another hiccup we can call on them to do the job," said Ludeke.

Flyhalf Morné Steyn will become the sixth player from the franchise to turn out in his 100th Super Rugby match.




Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

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


  • Acta - 2012-05-15 16:43

    Think the bulls should take this one, reckon even with their home advantage the landers will lose with 5-10

      Acta - 2012-05-15 17:10

      @Blue, I think they will take it, key players returning, landers just came from a loss, so I will bet my superbru on that, nothing more:). Will not be easy though.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-05-15 17:03

    I hope the Bulls win. And that they beat the Chiefs. That would mean that SA has the two top sides in the competition based on points alone (if the Stormers beat the Waratahs...) This is good for SA Rugby. It also means the game at Loftus becomes a local final to see who will end top of the conference. (It would be interesting to hear the Bulls fans comments on the conference cup IF they win it - they were quite dismissive about the stormers winning it last year) We have to beat the best in order to be the best.

      LaBlue - 2012-05-15 17:06

      I agree with this man.

      Acta - 2012-05-15 17:18

      Will make things interesting, oh the joy i will have if we have a SA final, bet that would make the australasians furious. Hehe. IMO the conference cup is worth nothing to me, we already VC and CC, but The derby is always enticing.

      Anton - 2012-05-15 17:30

      @ Frans i agree with u totally, let us for once sttle that big mouth Aussies. Would even be better if we can have 3 teams in the top 6. Personally i dont care about the Con Cup, all that is, it gives the Franchise a nice income nothing else. Not even worthy to say we won the con cup.

  • RetiefC - 2012-05-15 17:31

    @Jackblack & @Trurio, The Bulls are probably going to hav a light practice on Friday, but SATURDAY they will add another 4 to 5 points to their logpoints. BULLE groete

      bloedisblou - 2012-05-15 17:58

      nee laaitie, hulle is besig om hulle balans tussen aanval en defence te volmaak, iets wat jou dom span nog moet begin

      bloedisblou - 2012-05-15 18:19

      laaitie, dis duidelik jy weet niks van rugby af nie, jy change nie jou game plan in n' wedstryd of twee nie

  • Corne - 2012-05-15 17:47

    Colin Slade is a wonderful player,without him the highlanders are not the same.Last season it was the same story

  • Corne - 2012-05-15 18:01

    If the bulls win super 15 or even curriecup than all credit must go to Frans Ludeke because ppl like to praise Heyneke.

      bloedisblou - 2012-05-15 18:36

      all hail Frans! en moenie van slap tjips vergeet nie!

  • schaun.vanzyl - 2012-05-15 19:02

    bulls, highlanders... good match it s gonna be, highlander set the pace,but bulls made good close wins, i think highlanders win bulls by not more than 6, or bulls win highlanders by 12 or more, well gonna be a great match, good luck all.

      schaun.vanzyl - 2012-05-16 06:00

      i love the bulls, but facts is, i think any team got chanc of winning super series, bulls over seas, yeah 2 out of 2 so far , this week its harder and next week the chiefs, all i m saying, close win for bulls not gonna happen, they either gonna mess up or everything gonna get togeher and destroy them, cant wait for next weeks game gooooo bulls

  • Mike - 2012-05-15 19:34

    Can't believe how much CR>>P is shoved back and forth on these posts once the Stormers or Bulls are involved. GROW UP GUYS!

      bloedisblou - 2012-05-15 19:37

      whateva lions supporter

  • jacques.joubert.swart - 2012-05-15 20:29

    In about 15 years, Super Rugby will end up being a complete bugger up in anycase, what with Argentina entering the Tri-Nations now as well, it's only a matter of time before they start knocking there. What will be do then? A 'Four conference, winner gets a semi berth' situation? 25 games per side per season? FFS that's 6 months of rugby plus internationals... I digress. Fact is. Money is poisoning the whole setup.

  • drh63 - 2012-05-16 00:04

    Look what happened to the Crusaders when they got complacent last weekend! The Highlanders will test the Bulls to the last second and if the Bulls are not 100% committed then they will get a hiding!

  • Charl - 2012-05-16 07:16

    lol pathetic bulls players

      Anton - 2012-05-16 11:08

      is that the best or only comment you can make. Maybe if i look at your profile pic, can understand why you leave such a vommit sorry comment

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