Chiliboy hunts top Bok spot

2011-06-15 22:07

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria - It does not happen every day that your hooker gets the team prize for most tackles in a rugby match.

However, Chiliboy Ralepelle is not your everyday hooker. With his 15 tackles inside 55 minutes in the Bulls' previous match against the Sharks in Durban he sent a clear message to John Smit and Bismarck du Plessis about wanting to be the Springboks' first-choice hooker.

The 25-year-old indicated on Wednesday that his duel with the Sharks pair on Saturday would not be personal, but he cannot agree about being tagged South Africa's "third hooker" for the World Cup.

His fiery performance in Durban was clear proof of that and on Saturday he gets a further chance to advance the merits of his argument when he runs on against the Sharks.

Ralepelle and Gary Botha will again change roles for the Sharks game. Botha will be called on as impact player.

Bakkies Botha's return at lock and shifting Danie Rossouw to the bench are changes that Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has made to the line-up that beat the Stormers.

Ludeke already came up with a workable and practical solution before the season started to keeping both his world class hookers interested and to get the best out of both Ralepelle and Gary Botha.

Each one plays two games before the other one gets two starting opportunities - something that John Plumtree should perhaps also have done.

Botha's form was impressive, but that has always been a hallmark of the hardworking player's game and it was rather Ralepelle who started to flourish with the benefit of regular game time.

The rest periods also kept away the injuries and Ludeke has two players that are fit, ready and very effective.

"It worked well," Ralepelle said of the rotation policy.

"It's in the interest of your team and you have to make sure that you execute the plan. The rotation was the best thing for the team. It meant that both of us were fresh for an opportunity in the starting line-up. It worked for both of us.

"I also did not struggle with injuries. I'm enjoying my rugby and am playing with a lot of confidence."

It's mere coincidence that he has been down to start in both games against the Sharks, but he would not want it any other way.

"The important thing is to get the opportunity to play and grow as a player. The only way you get better is by playing more regularly. Fortunately I can start twice against the Sharks because I have those one-on-one battles with them.

"Every Bulls player wants to be better than his opponent. But what happened last week won't necessarily happen this week. You have to be switched on. What happened against the Sharks last time is over and done with.

"I have to repeat on Saturday what I did last time. And hopefully that brings about a positive result for the team."


  • René Müller - 2011-06-15 22:18

    Dear Chili, it is a position that you, on current form, can carry with distinction!! Looking good, and is improving game by game!!!

      MrMojoRising - 2011-06-15 22:30

      Rene, you know, we don't always see eye to eye, but I must agree with you . . . but at very least, you must admit, the bench position for hooker must go to Schalk Brits or Deon Fourie.

      René Müller - 2011-06-15 22:35

      MrMojo, to be quite honest, I haven't seen much of Schalk Brits lately (I know he is playing abroad), but yes he is quite good, I will take Bismark over Deon, but must add Bismark on a good day - not one where he has 'brain farts'.

      HugoG - 2011-06-16 03:06

      What!!??Chilli maybe you should concentrate climbing the ladder first until you are no 2 mate and only then can you “tackle” Bismarck’s position! At the moment you share the no 5 position with John Smit. Bismarck, Strauss, Liebenberg and Fourie are all far better. Dream on JJ.Maybe you meant the no 1 black hooker ( in SA.

      jacques.alberts - 2011-06-16 04:33

      Dear Rene I'ts rugby , not a pole "yes a rugby pole". Not a canidate pole!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake tmf up.?????????????????

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 07:55

      René, I have no idea what dock worker Jacques is trying to say to you. I suggest that until he can improve on the way he uses punctuation marks, you ignore him.

      Makutu - 2011-06-16 10:41

      Some people's criticism of players are so biased and without merit. My goodness. Chilliboy is playing good rugby. Deo Fourie is also good but there is something about him which makes Chilliboy a bit better than him. If Chillibow was so kak, why then is he starting at the Bulls?

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 10:55

      Chilliboy = Joke= POOFTER and a Choker

      Frik - 2011-06-16 14:16

      Nee WP jou span en ma is die chokers...

  • Maarten - 2011-06-15 22:21

    Chillie is playing some of the best rugby of his life. He would be one of my picks for the Bok hooker for sure! His worktrate is emense, and he attacks the ball very well in the loose. Better perhaps than any other hooker at the moment.

      Raymond - 2011-06-16 21:57


      Maarten - 2011-06-17 14:34

      @Raymond, you are not the brightest peanut in the turd are you. If you do not understand English, then say just say so, and I will happily engage you in the language of your choice. Now be quiet while the adults are speaking.

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-06-15 22:29

    chilleeeeee!!!! a worthy springbok captain. saterdag gaan jy vir ou bissie trap pappa!!! don't worry about smit, even snorre can see that he is kaput after last saturday.

      HugoG - 2011-06-16 03:07

      Jan jy is hond kommin....pappa!

      Marcell - 2011-06-16 06:48

      Jan, ek kan net saamstem. Ek is nie regtig 'n Chillie fan nie maar ek moet se dat hy deesdae uitstekende spel lewer. Sy spel gewoontes is 100% beter as 'vuilgat' du Plessis.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 07:56

      100% Reg Jan.

      Oukoos - 2011-06-16 08:12

      Ja, moet sê hy speel tans goed. #1? Na die naweek sal ons 'n beter idee hê

      Makutu - 2011-06-16 10:42

      Not a capptain, but a hooker.

  • roboman1 - 2011-06-15 22:35

    You cant keep a good Hoedspruit boytjie down for long!

  • BCC - 2011-06-15 23:12

    Good move SARU, put a guy in the national team who is one of the two caught cheating last year. SA rugby is a joke.

      Niekie - 2011-06-15 23:35

      BCC you baffoon! They were both cleared of any wrongdoing! Geez I hate uninformed people that make rubbish comments!

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-15 23:45

      @BCC - you remain a prick.

      juan boshoff - 2011-06-16 07:18

      wake up BCC you outdated wanker ...

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 07:57

      Ignore BCC guys. He thinks ignorance is a virtue.

      Figuerro - 2011-06-16 10:02

      @BCC - from what cave did you crawl from you dweeb ???

      Daniel Weber - 2011-06-16 11:38


  • Manus - 2011-06-15 23:37

    Dream on ...

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-15 23:47

      He need not dream - he is a quality hooker, and many agree that he is the best form hooker in the country. He will prove it again come Saturday. I have faith in the man.

      Manus - 2011-06-16 11:26

      He was brilliant as a junior, and he's still not bad 'cause he is an honest and hardworking player, but I am not convinced that he can really mix it with the big boys. I would still go for Bismarck and Strauss.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 18:01

      Sorry Manus - he has been mixing with the "Big Boys", and outplaying them - ask old Bismark. He has been treated like a Quota player, but in my opinion, he has risen above that. Bismark would be my other Bok hooker.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-06-15 23:42

    Let's go with Chili and Bizmarck. Please retire Smit to the team manager position.

  • lefty - 2011-06-15 23:54

    Asseblief. Bismarck een; Adriaan Strauss twee; dan die volgende klomp.

      106SA - 2011-06-16 07:30

      Bismark is the dumbest rugby player I have ever come across!!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 11:11

      I disagree 106SA. That honour goes to either Schalk, Duane, Ricky or Andries. Bismarck is right up there though.

      Raymond - 2011-06-16 21:18

      I agree with you on the two players but the other way around.I must say that Adriaan Strauss is in outstanding form.Then Deon Fourie,then Gary Botha then Tiaan Liebenberg and Craig Burden.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 00:13

    Hi All, Before i say good bye to all you idiotic mud otters, jusdt my team for the world cup, what do you guys think: Francois Steyn, Basson, WO, Jacque, Ghost, Steyn, du Preez, Guthro, Chilliboy, Greyling, Bakkies, Victor, Alberts, Danie, Yster Spies. Any intelligent comments appreciated

      Jan - 2011-06-16 00:48

      HEHEHE Let's try not to be ONE-EYED BULLS SUPPORTERS patting ourselves on the back. Bismarck du Plessis over Chiliboy, and you have two loosehead props in your team and Gerhard van den Heever hasn't proven himself yet. Also, how on earth did you miss Deon Stegmann and Juan Smith? Either him or Heinrich Brussow is a must for the Boks. (Also I don't know if I would call Pierre Spies a classic "yster". Not in my books)

      jacques.alberts - 2011-06-16 04:41

      Jy sal nie baie replies kry nie want n idioot modder otter het geen IQ ni

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-16 05:02

      @jacques ok waar, armsalige stometjies

      Serias - 2011-06-16 07:42

      Kak span!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 08:09

      @Fake saffa - the fact that you have SPIES in that pathetic team of your, already shows the wise folk who comment here, that tis not ME making these comments........If you want to fake me, do it properly! Outcomes based education reject is what you are.

      René Müller - 2011-06-16 08:47

      SAFFA, I'm sure this guy makes your skin crawl, just reading his drivel makes my skin crawl. Everyone on the blog or simply just reading the blog would know it's not you. Just ignore this daft attention seeking twat! He must be getting some kind of kick in doing this, but for the life of me, don't know what! Sad really! Mommy issues, me thinks!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 09:10

      @Rene - I suppose the one benefit of having this sociopath faking profiles here, is that it keeps him busy (and possibly stops him from assaulting, molesting and destroying folk in the REAL world) Whilst he is busy here - we know the children 'outside' are safe.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-16 09:23

      Good Morning All,is it safe back on the site?,has the nightwatchman Krugga,Spier,and whatever else he call himself decided to crawl back into his cave?,Saffa true i noticed he used my profile last night without any success as well as yours,somewhere along the line he will get tired and find something else to amuse him with,i hope its not an underaged girl,he seems to be the van Rooyen type,I also believe that he is in SA working nightshift as a cleaner or security gaurd using his employers computor illigally,Sect 205 of the CPA allows a broadcaster or investigator to trace and report the device where a case might be opened,we should all adress complaints to News24 and ensure they catch this idiot

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 11:15

      SAFFA, we agree on the kids. It's like the profile was written with this oke as the only subject. He reminds me of the common caracters in movies like 'Little children, 'The lovely bones' or 'The Woodsman'.

      Patrick - 2011-06-16 14:03

      SAFFA-CAT you are obviously a Bulls Supporter. My team Steyn/Aplon, JP, Jacques, Jean, Hougaard, Steyn, du Preez, Guthro, Bismarrk,Beast, Bakkies, Victor, Schalk, Brussow, Alberts I would put Sadie or De Jong in the team before WO, he is terrible when playing for the Boks(bostik comes to mind) Who do I support?

      Raymond - 2011-06-16 21:27

      It will be better to rather field the whole Blue Bulls team as I think this team will struggle against Namibia and will be well beaten by Fiji and given a rugby lesson by Samoa.

      Raymond - 2011-06-16 21:34

      I know two players in the B&I Lions team that toured here in 2009.The feeling was that Spies was a show pony,maybe they were right.

  • dachshund118 - 2011-06-16 00:33

    Sorry to say, but Chiliboy must be one of the worst hookers ever to have played for a provincial team in South Africa.

      Jan - 2011-06-16 00:52

      Hoe maak 118 klein Dachshunde? "kef kef kef" x118

      sparkies - 2011-06-16 08:53 would you know????????

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 11:16

      Sparkies, been there done that. Nog iets?

      ChumScrubber - 2011-06-16 19:52

      dachshund - one of the doffest comments, watch rugby before commenting on the game.

      Raymond - 2011-06-16 21:37

      @dachshund118 ABSOLUTELY !!!!!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 22:08

      @118 - if you said you dont rate him, or there is better hookers in your opinion - fair enough. Your statement is made out of stupidity!

  • Jan - 2011-06-16 00:58

    I would like to take this opportunity to humbly, deeply, and sincerely apologize to JJ HARMSE, for mistakenly accusing him of being Stephen Nell. I wouldn't wish that upon anyone in the world. ...But please JJ, no more blowing Bulls players' contributions out of proportion anymore, OK ou grote?

      HugoG - 2011-06-16 03:09

      Ja Jan ek dink ook hy "blow"!

  • flat bier - 2011-06-16 04:36 chilli wit was, sou ons nog steeds gedink het hy's so goed?

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-16 05:01

      @flat bier Jou PK is baie naby ou bees. Baie naby

      flat bier - 2011-06-16 17:12 Bismarck,Gary, Strauss en Fourie swart was, was hulle die beste hakers wat SA nog ooit gehad het.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-06-16 19:54

      Stop hiding behind a white skin, you embarrass my race.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 22:16

      @flat bier - I think as a black player, he must play 10% better than his opposition before alot of you guys give him credit, and then there will still be people like you.

  • jacques.alberts - 2011-06-16 04:53

    You idiots! If Chilly so good howcome he's not starting a game as hooker but Gary Botha's your first choice????????

      hardloop - 2011-06-16 07:42

      No, you are the idiot; Chili is starting against the Sharks. Wtf? Did you even read the article? Since the first game of the bleeding season Ludeke has been rotating Botha and Chili, two games each, for the very fact that he - as a professional coach - thinks each is as good as the other. Ag, you IDIOT.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-06-16 19:55

      Read other article on the roles of Gary and Chilli in the Bulls. Doffie.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 22:18

      @jacques - he should! Why isnt Bismark starting every game as first choice. Same thing - idiot!

      StaalBurgher - 2011-06-17 12:30

      Does no one read the article before making stupid comments? And if we are honest, Gary is starting on his downward curve.

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 05:17

    He's hands down the best hooker in SA. My predictions for the weekend: Stormer-Cheetah draw Bulls by 21

      Marcell - 2011-06-16 06:51

      Al draw wat die Chokers gaan kry is om eerste te ontvang! Cheetahs by 16

      hardloop - 2011-06-16 07:43

      so you stole WPBEFONK's alias. How clever.

      BigD - 2011-06-16 08:19

      My Superbru predictions - Stormers by 15 and Sharks by 6 and Saders by 12.

      sparkies - 2011-06-16 08:55

      Hello small winkie man

      Jan-karel - 2011-06-16 13:08

      I have been keeping an eye on Saracens for the past 2 seasons, and Schalk Brits is currently the best nr 2 SA has and in the northen hemisphere, he is a cut above the rest he kicks like a fly half and runs like a wing and due to his speed allways take 3 players out in contact, i am dissapointed he plays abroad as he would be my first choice, he was the uk premiership player of the year in 2010 and won best try of 2011 after side stepping and running through a whole team.

  • What de D... - 2011-06-16 05:25

    he is the next springbok captain

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 05:37

      Go die Blou!!! Bulls by 21 Cheetahs by 4

      Serias - 2011-06-16 07:46

      Only by colour and not leadership qualities. He is however not a bad hooker, but only just makes the top 5. Bismark, Deon Fourie, Tiaan Liebenberg and Adriaan Strauss in front of him. His VERY OBVIOUS weakness, very inconsistent with his line-out throws which can be potentially game wrecking.

      Durasmart - 2011-06-16 08:43

      @serias. His throwins at the line-outs were way better than your no 2 and 3 choices last week. They are the main reasons that cost the Stormers the game

      EmptyCan - 2011-06-16 10:44

      @Durasmart......Jip, now we gonna select someone based on last weeks game. Its about C..O..N..S..I..S..T..E..N..C..Y! Performing week after week, which the other mentioned hookers do week in, week out.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 22:38

      @Serias and empty can: great names, it is hard to take you ladies "serias". Gary has been throwing poorly this year. That is my biggest crit of him. Chilli has been spot on - it is clear that you dont watch the games. Chilli carries the ball very well, doesnt miss a tackle easily, and has a great work rate. I hate people who make as if they know! As for leadership, I dont think he should be the next captain.

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 05:48

    Chilliboy is a true hero and rugby legend. I have quite a few posters of him on my wall

      Serias - 2011-06-16 07:47

      Good for you. Congratulations. Will send the Rapport journalist to document this massive achievement.

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-16 08:07

      Ralepelle is useless. Even over the hill John Smit is better. However, he is still better than the two useless fairy hookers of the Stormers

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 08:37

      @gnus wakker - you know what the saddest thing is old Effel. When you chatted on another blog a few years back as "Die Dier", you spoke rugby and I often agreed with you. Now you resort to stealing profiles and making vulgar comments? What happened to you?

      sparkies - 2011-06-16 08:54

      Hello small winkie man

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-06-16 06:46

    Bismark,Strauss/Fourie/Liebenberg/Brits/G Botha/Burden/Smit and then Chilli !!!!!!!! Aiming for top spot because it will be given to him purely based on transformation bla bla bla bla bla !!! At times he is brilliant - very good work rate and strong but definately not No 1 in South Africa !!! Sorry Chilli !!!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-06-16 20:00

      What absolute nonsense. Watch the player with an open mind, you're blinded by your victim mentality. I know a lot of your type - absolutely refuse to even try to see talent in anyone but a white player. Sad.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 22:42

      @Chum - you arent even a Bull, and that is what makes it worth my time reading your posts. We all can be blinded by favouring our team, but if you know your rugby, it just shines through. I couldnt agree with you more. But, thank the Lord these men dont have a say in rugby.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-06-17 23:02

      I don't see colour boet, I see talent,performance,consistency,experience and selection on merit - One thing for sure you don't know my type - the only type you interested in, is the one you can attach racial and political connotations to - creep back in your hole and once you understand what the principals are for selection of certain players in certain positions, then come back and comment - O-yes and that is ment for both you wise guys !! Wish I could actually be open and tell you what say I actually have in SA rugby - you will be surprised !!! - Cheers

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-17 23:48

      Hahahahahahahahaha - who are you Northern Stormer?? What say do you have? @Chum - you hit it on the head - this Northern Stormer is a type - wishes he could tell us what say he has in SA rugby! If clolour isnt an issue, why are you making it a "transformation" issue? And if you had "say" in SA rugby, why do you need to come complain here with us small boys? Piss off you idiot!

  • Marcell - 2011-06-16 06:55

    Ek dink Carlton Paper moet single ply toilet papier maak met die Stormer span op. Dit sal 'n top verkoper raak vir al die mowwe vannie kaap ek se!

  • Marcell - 2011-06-16 06:58

    'Every Bulls player wants to be better than his opponent' Meer kan ons nie verwag nie! Go Bulls!!

      sparkies - 2011-06-16 08:54

      Marcelle....No , you must be joking!Serious???

  • Joe - 2011-06-16 07:04

    Ha Ha Ha, i like Chilliboy, but if you know anything about rugby, you will lnow that he is not even close to Bismark, who i rate as one of the best hookers in the world.

      Oukoos - 2011-06-16 08:21

      As ek my Stormers hoed afhaal (en dit is maar moeilik) is my #1 en #2 Bismark en Adriaan Strauss

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 22:47

      @Joe - please dude. Who made you the the rugby guru of our times? If you know anything about rugby, you will know that Bismark struggles to find his jumpers, and is good for a yellow at any time. I certainly will take him with to the RWC, but he hasnt outclassed Chilli as you may suggest. I like both men, and John should stay in favour of these two guys.

  • 106SA - 2011-06-16 07:29

    Chilli my boy! You are certainly better than Bismark and Smit,but the fairest of them all is the no 2 at Cheetahs!!!!

  • gnus wakker - 2011-06-16 08:03

    Ralepelle is a useless EE hooker. We all know that. Even useless John Smit is a better proposition. However, he is stll better than the two fairy hookers of the Stormers.

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-16 22:40

      I apologise for this comment. I has been drinking some brandy

  • JJRR - 2011-06-16 08:23

    Hierdie Chili speel HOT rugby. Kies hom enige tyd!

  • my2centsnow - 2011-06-16 08:28

    What a JOKE He should not even be in Vodacom Cup Team. Please guys. 15 years of Free Country. Why this quota system still???have we not passed all this.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 22:50

      Dont flatter yourself, your comment isnt even worth that.

  • Daniel Weber - 2011-06-16 11:36

    They thrust him into the big time at such an early age and he battled resulting in people labeling him a quota player!!! now he is reaching his prime and has shown what a great player he is! would still play Bismark but Chilly on the bench!

  • Jan-karel - 2011-06-16 13:03

    I have been keeping an eye on Saracens for the past 2 seasons, and Schalk Brits is currently the best nr 2 SA has and in the northen hemisphere, he is a cut above the rest he kicks like a fly half and runs like a wing and due to his speed allways take 3 players out in contact, i am dissapointed he plays abroad as he would be my first choice, he was the uk premiership player of the year in 2010 and won best try of 2011 after side stepping and running through a whole team.

  • Patrick - 2011-06-16 14:13

    I think we have some pretty good hookers playing in SA We also have 2 who are playing in the UK would walk into most International, Schalk Brits and Richard Straaus I see most of you seem to choose your Super 15 hooker who is understandable. Nobodys top 3 will be the same it seems. Bismarck will start for SA and JS will be involved, the Team needs him WC teams are never chosen on current form but on experience Look at SA in the last WC and Eng in the one before. All I can say is we should support whoever is chosen

  • Meyer - 2011-06-16 15:07

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.... Chiliboy is not even no.7 hooker in this country... Let's be objective here...

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 18:11

      The laughter of an idiot always amuses me. Name these 6 hookers (excluding your mama) who you rate better.

      Taetjo Mathabatha - 2011-06-16 20:29

      And yoru knowledge of rugby is not even enough to grant you access to comment on this site. SIES! You are a freakin punk.

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-06-16 23:27

    It amazes me how 1 dimensionly some of these Bulls supporters are. Not all but some. I swear if John or Ricky played for the Bulls you would defend them and say they are great. Now my opinion about Chilli is that he is a great player. I like him and defenitly deserves his place in a good Bulls team. However this country is blessed with good No 2's. Firstly Chilli's problem is that he is very prone to injuries. He will go to the WC and will return shortly afterwards. The same will happpen to Brussow and Juan Should they go. Secondly I havn't seen Chilli play a full 80 minutes. When Bismarck plays with the pairing of Bakkies and VIctor he will also not miss throws. And in the open game no one comes close to Bismarck. However the next three I wouldn't hesitate to pick over Chilli is Strauss, Fourie and Liebenberg. He is defenitly better than Smit on the playing field and deserves the consideration.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-17 11:38

      1 dimentional? And the other team's supporters are objective? It amazes me that you even want to argue on this subject. Did you even watch Chilli outplay the great Bismark? Where is Fourie even worthy of a Bok jersey? Even the Sharks dont want John to start, so what makes you think we would have been any different? Shark - I would start my Boks with Bismark, and bring Chilli off the bench any day. And if Bismark was injured, I would start with Chilli.

  • Laserguided - 2011-06-17 09:40

    Chill out Chiliboy, you're not putting on any Springbok jersey

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-17 11:30

      Wanna bet?

  • kurtvs - 2011-06-17 11:36

    I was really impressed by Chilli performances the entire season and must say to me on current form he is number one. I have never rated Bismarck and in my opinion the Cheetahs captain would be second best. Go Chile Saturday your chance to put this to bed.

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