Do-or-die attitude for Bulls

2012-07-11 20:09

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke knows full well a slip-up against the Lions at Loftus Versfeld this weekend could bring their Super Rugby campaign to an abrupt end.

While the Bulls still hold their fate in their own hands, they did not do themselves any favours with last week’s 32-10 loss to the Sharks in Durban.

“We are one of the teams that are in a do-or-die situation, so you can’t get too worried about it,” Ludeke said at the team announcement in Pretoria on Wednesday.

“We just need to make sure we do what we have to do on Saturday.

“The mindset at the moment is that we make sure we get a result on Saturday.”

If the Bulls pull through and remain in fifth position on the log, they could be faced with the unenviable task of facing the Crusaders in Christchurch in the playoffs.

A loss, however, could see the lower ranked teams move ahead of them in the standings and they may lose out on reaching the playoffs altogether.

“It is unbelievable if you look at the log and all the teams from three through to eight are in the same situation, and it just shows you the quality of the competition this year,” Ludeke said.

“We are in the same boat as some of the other teams and luckily it is still in our hands.

“If we play well enough we can ensure that our dream is still alive."

Bulls captain Pierre Spies said they were disappointed with their all-round performance against the Sharks last week and admitted they had some improvements to make if they wanted to beat the Lions on Saturday.

“It was a night where we didn’t start out well," Spies said.

"We played against a Sharks team that put us under pressure in all aspects of the game.

“We are definitely not happy with the result and it wasn’t a good result for us.

"There are some things to work on this week going into the Lions game.

“We know it is a very important game for us and I think it is just about putting everything together.”

Meanwhile, Ludeke made only one change to their run-on side with lock Wilhelm Steenkamp replacing the injured Flip van der Merwe.

“Wilhelm made a huge impact every time he came on and even the games he started. He is an old campaigner,” Ludeke said.

“It is always good to have that experience when somebody like Flip gets an injury, especially in a vital game like this weekend."

Blindside flanker Deon Stegmann could make his return for the Bulls after a long injury absence if he plays off the bench.


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Deon Stegmann, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Francois Venter



  • mario.borchards - 2012-07-11 20:23

    Stating the very obvious!!!!!!!!! The articles are getting worse by the day. Is there no other news that you could write about?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 20:40

      Hahahahaha nice Mario haha so right

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-11 22:13

      Lets all get behind the Stormers, Bulls and Sharks and have three in the play-offs!!

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-12 07:05

      @ thomas - as a Stormers supporter i do agree, go Bulls, Sharks and Stormers. Id Rather see the trophy in PTA, Durban 9If not CPT) BEFORE i would see it in AUS/NZ...

      thethird.wors - 2012-07-12 08:06

      @Thomas: Right attitude. What kind of ******* gives a thumbs down to a positive comment like that? Geez there are some miserable cretins on this earth.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-11 20:27

    Bulls will recover from their self-implosion last Friday. I say Bulls to whip the Lackluster Lions by at least 35 points. GO BULLS Do away with the USELESS Lions and bring on the Super Kings !!!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-11 22:24

      As in the more USELESS, NON - EXISTENT Kings!!!! Until the Kings come in the front door I can't support them or get excited about them!!!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 00:04

      Why do you want to have the Kings in the Super 15 so badly? So the Pink Pansies stand a chance of winning a game?

      danie.fick.98 - 2012-07-12 08:19


  • Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-07-11 20:46

    Pink!!! Hahahaaaa!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 22:49

      Graeme... Sal dan nog nie verstaan nie... Miskien as sy hom verloor sal dit in sink...

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 00:06

      Die Borskanker Bulle moet liewer uitgesny word.

  • bootman.bokke - 2012-07-11 20:51

    Ludeke you are in a do-or-dye situation dude. Start by dyeing that horrible jersey you're wearing.

      Frank - 2012-07-11 21:18

      The jersey is not just a fashion statement. Its part of a closet thing.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-12 07:14

      Anybody in your family ever had cancer? Childish!

      jason.children - 2012-07-12 07:50

      @Sonny do me a favor and get your facts straight boet! The Pink jersey was originally designed as an away strip representing the Jacaranda trees of pretoria..................FACT and had they mad it the proper Jacaranda colour i would have been right behind it. The breast cancer awareness was a marketing afterthought, which the bulls fans grabbed hold of to explain the pink jerseys.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 09:14

      and in the process raised over 500 000 for cancer. cant knock that

  • mardeo.bezuidenhout - 2012-07-11 20:57

    I would love to see young Jan Serfontein atleast make the match day 22. Not 2 be. Bulls should win comfortably though.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 21:46

      thumbs down for u...for what i have no idea

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-12 11:44

      He is a damn sight better than WO who was horribly short of ideas against the Sharks. I don't see the harm is starting to blood the youngsters. Pieter Steph-du Toit is in the Sharks team, even if he did play at lock, and he certainly did no damage to his reputation as a 19yr old!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 17:47

      damaged his ankle though. maybe blood them at vodacom and currie cup level first.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 17:48

      and wynand actually had ideas, they were always to run and not pass

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-11 21:19

    Bulls will bounce back, the Sharks would have whipped any team last week, luckily for all the rest of the teams they don't play every game like that. Mr Spies please up your work rate, When your tight five are under pressure you have to change your game plan and stick your head in and push more often, international quality no 8's have to be able to adapt! Good luck Bulls. The u13's and now u18's have shown you the way. Apparently it's only infomercial companies who are willing to pay for advertising during the Stompies-Rebels game, having said that the Shogun knife ad is definitely more entertaining! Craven

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 21:50

      shogun ad, omg chaan loved that

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-11 23:04

      Craven... lol - really funny... You do know the Stormers have the highest viewership in this years competition? just saying...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 23:35

      ja boet thats because everyon forgot the tv on while they went for a sleep or to go wash the cat

  • Frank - 2012-07-11 21:26

    The Bulls really sound sharp this week. Going by the coach and captain's comments, they really understand what S15's all about. Knife-edge observations and cutting-edge strategies, no doubt the product of intense introspective self-analysis and discussions.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-11 21:34


      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 00:40

      @Frank. Not sure what to make of your comment. But I think I came to the conclusion that you are being sarcastic.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-11 21:27

    4 losses from the last 5 games are WAY beyond a "slip-up"!!! And winning against the last-placed team will put us back on track, right Ludeke/Spies? "There are some things to work on ..." Really Ludeke? "We are not happy with the result" .. Really Spies? Downhill all the way with these 2 clowns in charge...

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-11 21:40

      Calm down Rinus, half of the coaching team have gone to the Boks half way through the season, the backbone of the team left last year, I would say we are doing not too badly. Look at all our agegroup teams cleaning up. By the way your name is way too close to anus. Support your team! Craven

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-11 21:47

      Oh and I nearly forgot, Saffa Cat sends her regards, they have reduced the dose of her Risperidone and they are talking about reducing her time in the padded room. Once again- always support your team and never gatkruip Stormers fans! I'm watching you, Craven

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 21:51

      anus - please stop, my washboard abs are sore from the laughter

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 00:45

      @rinus. It is good to see a Bulls supporter on here who is honest about what is happening with the Bulls. Not living in denial and making excuses like Craven and greameltd. One supporter who does not accept the below par performance from the Bulls. For you I say good luck with the weekend, and I hope your team does well. I hope the Stormers will see the Bulls in the final.

      jason.children - 2012-07-12 07:59

      I have to agree, A Stormers Bulls final will be Epic! SFL

      steyts - 2012-07-12 09:04

      A stormers bulls final is highly unlikely!!!

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-12 09:57

      @ ChrisinOz & Jason. Now that is the thing I have against Stormer and Bull supporters.They don't confront facts and realities.Already carving out this fantacy ride of a Bulls Stormer final,because the symphony simply must go down like that-the song is all about them.Well,those who live by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass-like last Friday for instance.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-12 10:52

      If it is possible the Bulls will probably rather want to travel to Oz and face the Brumbies than the Crusaders. The Crusdaders at Newlands has been a problem for the Stormers for years, hopefully we will have a SA team in the final, don't be too surprised if we fail to manage this.

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-11 22:18

    Show some respect please.Caps on when typing "SHARKS" The rest does not matter.

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-12 03:35

    Its gona be as funny as he'll when all 3 teams get knock out of \r\nthe running just to see all of your complaints then wana see who gets the blame then problaby the poor refs then hahahaha

      jason.children - 2012-07-12 08:00

      Dude lay of the Tik!

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-12 09:08

      Let me guees bulls neh ul drop out this weekend already dnt say I didn't warn you

  • ljmostert - 2012-07-12 06:09

    Unfortunate passion and commitment without talent and flair will bring you nowhere! Sorry Frans - any fool can dream!!!!!!

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-07-12 08:39

      and apparently any fool can comment.

  • henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-12 09:00

    To all supporters,we all know how disgraceful and bad it is to publicly humiliate a player or team especially if its your own,what is the difference between in a stadium or on a public internet site.Common sa fans,why do we have to talk so bad about other players and teams just because its not your provincial team or player that is not selected or playing good rugby.Can we not be big enough to admit when another team or player are better currently irrespective if they play a certain style or gameplan of rugby.Couple of years ago HM had a specific gameplan and strategy how he wants to win the SR with his forwards stampkar rugby,it was not entertaining at all and also boring for everyone but they had a gameplan and stuck to it and it won them the SR.Today we dont go on about how boring it was just that they have the trophy and won the SR.Why cant we support the stormers as well and except that its not the style we want to see but they also have a gameplan and is sticking to it and so far its working for them,should we not rather be glad and support each other because that strategy could be implemented in the springbok defence system,with the sharks scrumming system etc etc.I dont believe with the players that stormers have they are incapable of scoring tries,true rugby knowledge people definately know that,its more about sticking to the certain gameplan they choose.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 09:18

      because of the stormers supporters whining about the bok team not having enough stormers players, because HM is a bull and he only picks bulls players even though majority are from the sharks even though the stormers supporters cant seem to pick that up. oh and its impossible to watch the games because we always fall asleep. yeh the bulls played rugby with the forwards but they scored tries. and all we hear is whining from the stormers about the bonus system should be scrapped. if they took advantage of it and scored 4 tries on 2 or 3 occasions, they would we clear on the top of the log. that is a fact, im not just bashing them for the sake of it. then they would be in prime position for a home FINAL not just a home semi. but the bonus point system is apparently just for losing teams to sneak into the top 6.

      henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-12 09:32

      I hear what your saying tom but when it comes to springbok selection we all would agree that many selections is not good enough,we cant choose a player on past success,although im a stormer supporter i also dont agree with some of the players they are going on about like JDJ,Habana,Peterson etc,sorry but they also not int material,i personally would love to see Basson on the left wing,i think with space he is one of the most dangerous wingers in the world.Im not saying players should come from stormers but even in other provinces there are players that is better and should be given oppurtunity in certain positions.

  • Final.Punishment - 2012-07-12 09:44

    so, what is more important this weekend.. a win?

      henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-12 10:07

      If the stormers dont win with a bonus point this weekend im afraid we cant argue against the bulls supporters anymore

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